by Mike Masnick

Latest Spyware Even More Evil

from the not-good dept

Last year we wrote about how some fairly evil spyware called Xupiter was making the rounds, installing itself without alerting the user, changing homepages and generally causing a nuisance. Well, it appears things are getting even worse. Wired News is now reporting on an even more evil piece of spyware called CoolWebSearch that does all of the above plus more. It will disable your ability to visit websites that tell you how to remove it. It disable certain firewalls. Plus, it appears to get constant updates for itself. It's gotten to the point where some who have ended up with it say their computers have become useless.

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, 30 Apr 2004 @ 12:23pm

    Just a reminder

    Just a reminder to everyone - don't wait until you're infected to try and get the tools you need.

    Go now and get at least two different spyware tools (I recommend Ad-Aware and Spybot: Search and Destroy) and HijackThis!.

    You should also double-check to make sure you have all the latest updates to your AV software. If you're not too concerned about copyrights you can find all sorts of great deals on Symantec/Norton tools on ebay, many of which are just a CD without a manual, but they work.

    The time to worry about infection is before it's too late!

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    data64, 30 Apr 2004 @ 4:02pm

    Needs ritual purification once infected

    The process is illustrated in this vintage penny arcade.

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      Anonymous Coward, 30 Apr 2004 @ 10:37pm


      Actually, it missed some things for me. I find Webroot's SpySweeper pretty good: now its running full-time on my system though I've yet to buy the subscription.

      I had a keystroke logger on my system that 3 programs, including AdAware and Norton AV missed. SpySweeper caught it and took it out.

      Yes, HiJack This is VERY useful, too!

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    Mark Anthony Molina, 30 May 2005 @ 7:16pm


    Hi, I think my PC is infected with this spyware. I cant use Internet Explorer. Everytime I launce IE, it redirects to another search engine that does nothing. Someone told me to download the AniSpyware from Microsoft. I did it so and it detected some. Removed them. But the problem still exists. I still can use IE. Can you halp me how to fix this?

    Many thanks,

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