Spyware is a computer program which collects information about the user such as habits on the Internet and transmits that information to an external entity on the Internet without user knowledge or consent.

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Spyware propagation over wireless network? How to trace?

Recently at my company, we have been experiencing intermittent search redirects when connected to our wireless network. I say intermittent because many times, simply disconnecting and reconnecting ...
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MacKeeper has hijacked my Safari Browser

MacKeeper (http:// mackeeperapp.zeobit.com) has hijacked my Safari browser. I have had to open Firefox, in order to get to the internet. I would rather use Safari, since that is where my bookmarks ...
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Is winrscmde good or bad?

Is svchost running with a description of "winrscmde" good or bad? Is it spyware? Malwarebytes and windows security essensials report two trojans found, but they don't say that is winrscmde. I booted ...
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How to remove ping virus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? I have a virus on my computer that calls an executeable (ping.exe) in the C:\Windows\system32 folder. ...
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Malware “System Fix” icon is still showing up [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? My PC was recently infected by System Fix Malware/Spyware which has been removed by steps mentioned listed ...
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Cleaning up a boot-disk by mounting it in another computer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I am helping a friend out who has made quite a mess of his windows PC. Problem is that thar are lots of ...
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How to get rid of the SolidDocuments spyware?

I just installed the latest version of PDFCreator and made sure that the option of installing the PDFCreator and Yahoo default Search are NOT installed, but for some reason whenever I start Internet ...
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I removed my-freeze.com NetAssistant, but now can't access two websites

I used "Revo Uninstaller" to uninstall the spyware which left me with a problem using Internet Explorer so then downloaded the free version of "Hijack This" from the website and, not reading the Super ...
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searchqu keeps coming back [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I keep removing "searchqu" as a search provider in both Firefox and IE but it always ends up coming back ...
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My home page always changes to smartwebsearch.net – is it a Trojan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? Every time I change the Home page in Firefox or IE it returns back to http://www.smartwebsearch.net ? ...
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How do I configure helpd on OSX so that it doesn't periodically call home to application sites?

Little Snitch, an outgoing network traffic blocker, notifies me when an application is attempting to establish a connection. Many applications that I've installed have apparently registered ...
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How do I tell if there are unwanted remote guests on my computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? Why do I always find the strangest programs and the strangest text files all the time? All kinds of weird ...
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Is “Relevant Knowledge” spyware?

I am an advanced user, using Windows 7 with Avast! antivirus running. Today I started browsing and faced some weird popup. Upon investigation I found that "Relevant Knowledge" was running in my ...
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Is spywarehelpcenter.com a reliable resource for malware removal?

I am looking for a good resource for removing a spyware program Security Shield. I know that many resources claiming to offer help are actually just proponents of additional spyware. The article I ...
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Detection and removal of Trojan.Spyeye.AA [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I've found myself stuck with a keylogger that my firewall keeps reporting on startup/shutdown as ...
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How do I deal with messages stating a file “Contained a virus and was deleted” in IE9?

While doing Windows Recovery I installed IE9 on my Windows Vista machine. This is the message I got when trying to download IE9 executable (or any .exe file) from IE9: ...
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Commercial Spyware Programs

I was reading an article based on these products and came up one question I need clarification on. According the author most antivirus software would not be able to detect the presence of a spyware or ...
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What is the difference between a Virus and Spyware?

Is the distinction largely semantic? (I.e., Spyware collects information and incidentally slow your computer down, Viruses are designed to malicious?
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Which File Did Microsoft Safety Scanner Fix?

Microsoft Safety Scanner says it partially fixed a file. How do I find out which file it fixed?
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My webcam just came on “out of the blue”

I have a Microsoft LifeCam HD sitting atop my monitor. Today, completely out of the blue, its light came on -- I was simply browsing the web (in Chrome) when it happened. After about 5 minutes the ...
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Difference Between Microsoft's Safety Scanner and Software Removal Tool

What's the difference between the MSS and MSRT?
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Tracing adware - Mysterious ads being opened in Chrome

[EDIT] I found the piece of adware - turns out it was made in some automation software and was designed too simply to be detected by Spybot et al. I'll mark the best answer below, but it didn't ...
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Windows Defender found “Backdoor.Win32/IRCbot.gen!M” what to do next?

The History of Windows-Defender on a vista home premium lists 3 times this software. The fist time "sucessfully" and two times "ignored". There is no button for any action, like remove, delete or ...
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updates.micrsoft.com blocked on laptop

I'm trying to repair a family member's laptop. It had some spyware on it called "whitesmoke" that I've removed. Everything seems to be working fine and a full scan with Microsoft Security Essentials ...
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How can I safely close this window and forever avoid seeing similar pop-ups from Mackeeper Zeobit's malware and spyware?

The attached image shows a window that just popped up and the only button available is the OK button. I could Force quit Safari, but I've got several sites open right now and don't want to try and ...
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Is there a Firefox or Chrome plugin, or a standalone program, for monitoring site usage and search queries?

I'm running some research on how people search the web for specific types of information. I'd like to be able to set them up with a laptop and browser and then record a history of what they search ...
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what is this file: ctapi_out_gr.txt

Anybody has an idea what is this file? ctapi_out_gr.txt I found this on my C:\ and it has 0b size. Not sure what it is, as it was been created last 6.1.2011 Is this spyware?
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Should I remove “Adware.HBHelper.BHO”?

XP SP3. Yesterday I downloaded and installed SUPERAntiSpyware free. I ran the program and get a hit on " Adware.HBHelper.BHO". The program suggests that I remove this. Can removal of this stop ...
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How to find spyware dll launched using svchost.exe

This weekend I found my PC was possibly infected by some virus or spyware. There is one "svchost.exe -k netsvcs" in my task manager, and it is running under my user name, rather than SYSTEM accounts. ...
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Updating Symantec Enpoint Protection's Proactive Threat Protection Without an Internet Connection

I have a computer that is not connected to the Internet. I update Symantec Endpoint Protection's Antivirus and Antispyware Protection manually. The Proactive Threat Protection always says "Waiting ...
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Pando Media Booster

Has anyone ran across a program "PMB.exe" labeled Pando Media Booster? According to their website it is supposedly here to help me stream HD content. I am trying to figure out if it is legit or not. ...
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How do I find out if my employer has installed spyware on my computer?

In my office yesterday, we had a power blip and all of our computers restarted. Upon restarting, I had a dialog box that an application was installed and my computer required a restart. I mentioned ...
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OpenDNS says I have spyware, but which of my computers has it?

I very rarely log into OpenDNS. Last time I logged in, it informed me that it had blocked attempts to visit a spyware domain, but as I have the free version of OpenDNS and the log was too old, I ...
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Post-compromise security scan; anything else?

My girlfriend checked her Gmail yesterday morning, and then found, later on in the day, that it would no longer accept her password. She also found that this happened to her Hotmail and Yahoo! ...
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Can't access any Microsoft Website :( Others are fine

I have tried all the websites - microsoft.com, windows.com, live.com, even bing.com won't open. All other websites are opening. What is the problem? Google Chrome just gives the error that the website ...
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How do I make Internet Explorer stop from popping up every 10 minutes?

I don't even use IE, but it keeps popping up webpages every 10 minutes. I killed it in task manager, but it reopens itself 10 minutes later. I tried to uninstall IE completely, but it doesn't really ...
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where do spyware commonly reside [closed]

where do spyware commonly stay on your computer. what locations
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How can I configure Adobe Help so it doesn't chatter so much with Adobe's domain?

Adobe Help that came with Creative Suite 5 and/or Flash Builder Pro is constantly creating network traffic with an Adobe site, www.wip4.adobe.com In the Adobe Help application Preferences, I find ...
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What is Anitspyware Soft? How do you remove it?

I think my PC has been infected by something! IE does not work: "Internet Explorer Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!" Pop-ups are pointing me to ...
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Does killing a process helps avoids spyware

I'm downloading something from mediafire which really has many sponsor sites that are not good: ad.xtendmedia.com and mdinfo.com. And possibly the cause of some spyware and adware in my system. Does ...
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Does reformatting the drive really removes spywares and viruses

I've recently read that the data that you deleted in windows using shift+del doesn't actually get deleted it is just made to be overwritable by other data that will soon be stored in your hard drive. ...
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How does the “Steam” platform work? Is it DRM? Can I trust “Steam”-powered software? [closed]

UPDATE: This question lives on at gaming.stackexchange.com. So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software ...
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Open dns still detects malware activity after having scanned and removed malware

I'm using open dns to block unwanted sites. Everytime I go to the dashboard I always see this malware activity in all of the networks that I have in open dns. What do I do?I'm using avast free, ...
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is spyware blaster not useful when using a portable browser?

I'm using portable google chrome and portable firefox. Is there anyway that spyware blaster could detect my browser in order to protect it if im using a portable app.
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How to rid my computer of spyware and adware

I have a bit of a spyware problem. I tried using How to Clean up a Windows Spyware Infestation to help get rid of the spyware/adware on my computer. I have autoruns and process explorer and got rid ...
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some strange services in task manager and in msconfig/startup that I cannot close

I was trying to fix a friend's computer because it was really slow, it was working but after some 20 minutes it was starting go really slow or just freeze and I've formatted the hard drive, installed ...
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Google Chrome Hijacking to www1 Antivirus downloading website

Every so often, spontaneously without warning, my Google Chrome has been redirecting to this type of website WARNING SPYWARE LINK* ...
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Can I trust these programs? Are they safe? What are they really?

I found a couple programs on the desktop of my computer after another person used it. I have done some googling, but have no idea who or what I can and cannot trust. The programs in question are ...
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my.freeze.com netassistant

Does anyone knows how to get rid of my.freeze.com netassistant? I tried one million things, but this annoying spyware just won't go way....
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what is oscex-en.url.trendmicro.com

I installed fiddler web proxy to debug my webapp and found that something in my computer is constantly connecting to that host. What does it mean?