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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Is something infecting my Google searches?

I starting doing some experimentation toward making a browser userscript for Google searches and when opening the JavaScript console noticed something that strikes me as very fishy: The page at https:...
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Is something wrong when the force close screen shows as empty when shutting down Windows 7?

Whenever you attempt to shut down, log off or restart windows 7 and there are some applications still working and windows can not close them nicely, Windows 7 will show a black screen that asks you if ...
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Random Redirects - Spyware/adware?

PROBLEM I am noticing that half of the websites I go to randomly redirect to bestprizedraw.com (this is not a link for your own safety). However, I have scanned my computer several times and have ...
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Detecting Spywares [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I feel like my computer is being monitored by someone. I am terrified by seeing space ...
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Is there an easy way to disable a program called virobot?

I think is something like a management program, but I want to know what things it can do on my computer such as installing software, or remotely accessing my desktop. I am using Windows 7 Business. ...
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Getting redirected to www.website-unavailable.com

When ever I type a wrong URL in to my URL bar, it redirects me to: www.website-unavailable.com How do I stop this from happening? I would much rather just get redirected to Google. This happens in ...
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Spyware from reputable websites?

I think I remember reading somewhere recently online that a surprisingly high percentage of spyware on computers is spread from reputable websites; you don't have to visit the Internet's "rough ...
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Some program itself starts and stops in a fraction of seconds.. whats that

Some program itself starts and stops in a fraction of seconds.. Yes and it happens so quickly that i am never able to see the name or even the icon of the program.. it is visible only in the taskbar,...
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Unknown top level window

After several months (years?) of bending myself backwards and almost going crazy I fall back to the only place I believe there could be and answer... I've had the following top level window showing ...
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Why won't Google Chrome install on my Windows 7?

I can tell something is wrong with my computer. A little history: Google Chrome was not running correctly. When i was using facebook, any link on face that ran an ajax javascript function would not ...
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Does my system has any potential Malware as Chrome is showing “This page has insecure content” pop-up

Well, I've been using chrome for a long time and it never showed such message unless it actually is. Actually, I had to crack a RAR file for that I searched over google and found some tools which I ...
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Removing S.M.A.R.T. data recovery 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. I don't know where it came from, but it says S.M.A.R.T Repair and S.M.A.R.T ...
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Google SERP links going to random affiliate shopping sites [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? Very odd issue here. I'm normally quite 'in the know' when it comes to dealing with adware/spyware/malware ...
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How did a Malware get past Avira when it was detected by it?

I have Avira installed on my other PC. It detected a Malware, and proceeded with the usual, scan, detect, quarantine. I thought it took care of it but the Malware actually took care of Avira! Now my ...
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Checking for keylogger/trojan/spyware on OS X

I have enabled hidden files, ran netstat to observe active connections, and I am running Clamxav. Anybody know any other tricks or ideas to find anything hiding? This is a client's machine. It ppears ...
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“Ads not by this site” displayed by ads injected into certain web pages

I'm having ads injected into random pages in Firefox, such as Youtube, Wikipedia and Facebook. I know Wikipedia doesn't serve ads, so this must be some kind of adware. Below the ad appears the text "...
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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. This ...
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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 and ...
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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 ? What ...
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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 system....
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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 attempting ...
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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: IE9-WindowsVista-x86-enc-...
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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 help....
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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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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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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 ...