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  posted on 11/9/2008 at 09:24 PM
This is to alert those of you in the forums that like to get "freebies" over the internet.
Most "freebies" are just that, free programs or add-ons that don't harm your computer.

Some are just disasters waiting to happen.

Right now, I'm under a deluge of computers that have a myriad of problems, all associated with a site called MyFreeze.com.

Several have told me they went there for free screen savers, clip art, and other free items offered.

STAY AWAY FROM THAT SITE.

Several of the computers have had their systems so corrupted that the only way to repair was to re-format the hard drive and start all over again. System restore and running the computers' recovery program didn't help at all.

Remember: STAY AWAY FROM THAT SITE.

Most computers can be fixed, if caught early, by running either system restore, or the recovery program. Some can even be fixed by using Add/Remove programs and then running a registry cleaner.

Again: STAY AWAY FROM THAT SITE.

Only a couple of computers have been helped that didn't require some type of deletion and registry repair. Those had good anti-spyware programs.
Basically just had to teach the owner how to set up/run the programs, and to understand the importance of keeping the programs up to date.

Have I told you yet to: STAY AWAY FROM THAT SITE?

How to protect yourself:

1) A good anti-virus program. There are several really good free ones out there, AntiVir and AVG are two
2) A good firewall. Don't rely on the one packaged with Windows, or your internet provider.
Comodo and ZoneAlarm are two good free ones. (If you're running a 64 bit system, use Comodo)
3) A good anti-spyware program. Spybot Search&Destroy seems to be more widely suggested.
4) Use an on-line scanner. Trend Micro, Kapersky, and several others have a free version of an online scanner that will check your hard drive for anything that can harm your computer.
Follow their instructions on removal of problems found.

Several other things to use are HiJack This to find out why your browser all of a sudden sends you to porn sites rather than to HTW (BHO files), System Mechanic to scan and clean old files from your computer and registry, and a file scrubber to securely delete files you don't want to come back and haunt you.

Remember that sites that lure you with offers of "FREE STUFF" sometimes gives you more than you wanted to get.

Oh, and by the way: STAY AWAY FROM THAT SITE!!!

 

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  posted on 11/9/2008 at 09:37 PM
Thanks Jerry..

After that last fiasco that you helped me with, I am very careful with my downloads

 

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  posted on 11/10/2008 at 08:14 PM
Here's what I did today to check out various programs and their ability to get rid of My-Freeze.com

First, I took a hard drive I had laying around and doing nothing, formatted and loaded Win XP Pro and updated it to SP2. Loaded several generic programs that most people have on their computers (RealPlayer, Picassa, and a couple of other programs), but no anti-virus or spyware.
Went to the site and tried to download some of the screensavers. There are a ton of pop-ups you have to navigate to get to the download window. You have to agree to their term of agreement, which inform you that you will be sent ads, pop-ups, have them as your homepage, and be redirected to websites of their choosing. (So all of those who say, "I don't know how it got on there." aren't exactly telling the truth.)
Downloaded the program and sure enough, I got everything they said I would.
The site would redirect me every time I tried to download any type of anti-spam or malware removers back to their site, and would start to freeze the screen on sites such as download.com when trying to download anything that could get rid of it.

Re-formatted the drive and loaded the same software, added HiJackThis, AntiVir, ZoneAlarm, and Spybot Search&Destroy. I first did a scan and report under HiJackThis. Then went back to the site, Signed up and downloaded the software again. SpyBot really did the job on letting me know all the registry changes and attempts to add other programing. Zonealarm gave me the warnings of the attempts to access the internet, and which sites it was trying to connect to. AntiVir didn't give any indications of virus, worms, or trojans (at first).
After running the program for a while, AntiVir started detecting a few trojans being downloaded in the background. I let them run and build up in the hard drive.

I then did the following.
I turned off System Restore since these programs sometimes do their own restore point.
I then ran another scan and report through HiJackThis and compared the two reports.
I wasn't surprised to see a lot of new "redirects' and browser helpers.
I checked the new ones and told HiJackThis to "Fix the problems".
I then ran a full scan of AntiVir and got rid of several trojans, which promptly re-downloaded themselves. I then unplugged the LAN line.
I re-ran AntiVir and it again deleted the trojans. ZoneAlarm alerts kept popping up letting me know that GLF98.EXE was attempting to access the internet. I kept denying access.
I then ran SpyBot and got rid of over 100 different pieces of malware.
Then, I went to ADD/Remove programs and deleted the main programs.
Then, I did a search for any files connected with the programs that got downloaded and deleted them.
Not through yet folks.
Then, to be sure about everything, I installed the free version of System Mechanic.
I ran the scans for broken shortcuts, orphan files, unneeded registry files, and invalid uninstallers.
I deleted everything that came up on each scan.
Rebooted the computer. Ran scans with AntiVir, SpyBot, and System Mechanic again, and it was clean.
Plugged back in the LAN line, went back onto IE to see if anything was left lurking and ready to bite me. Had no problems.

Found out the best way to avoid this, other than just not going to the site, is to run Mozilla FireFox. The site just doesn't like anything other than IE. Plus, you've got to have these programs in place before anything like this happens. The new infections and malware is getting pretty sophisticated out there.

PLEASE NOTE: Every program I used is free and can be gotten through Download.com.

 

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  posted on 11/10/2008 at 08:19 PM
Anybody that has kids (I don't) better keep a close watch on which sites they visit...

 

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