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Anonymous
February 6, 2005 1:59:03 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

I keep on finding farmmext.exe and its related files in C:\Windows and
C:\WIndows\LastGood even though I have removed them by SPySweeper.

It is pretty annoying that the spyware is repeatedly embedding itself onto
my computer. And using Spyware removal tools doesn't prevent further
appearances of farmmext.exe.

Spysweeper does detect a Trojan downloader sort of stuff but cannot stop
from downloading farmmext.exe again. It basically redownloads itself every
hour or so when I am connected onto the Internet.

I have checked with MSConfig and nothing weird there. All I want to know is
the thing that is triggering the download. BTW, my IP is not static.

Thanks.
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 11:25:25 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

Check this site out, manual removal instructions included:
http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/Transponder.html

"hotingzilla" <hotingzilla@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2F9FBA96-F45B-4F7B-94B8-659F28F1ED14@microsoft.com...
>I keep on finding farmmext.exe and its related files in C:\Windows and
> C:\WIndows\LastGood even though I have removed them by SPySweeper.
>
> It is pretty annoying that the spyware is repeatedly embedding itself onto
> my computer. And using Spyware removal tools doesn't prevent further
> appearances of farmmext.exe.
>
> Spysweeper does detect a Trojan downloader sort of stuff but cannot stop
> from downloading farmmext.exe again. It basically redownloads itself every
> hour or so when I am connected onto the Internet.
>
> I have checked with MSConfig and nothing weird there. All I want to know is
> the thing that is triggering the download. BTW, my IP is not static.
>
> Thanks.
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 11:25:26 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

Thanks but I just did. The script on their website detected a
transponder/pynix installed, but I cannot find them by following their
instructions.

However, I noticed something special. After I realized this problem, I
opened up a Guest account, and ever since, farmmext.exe have not been
redownloaded. Nothing suspicious so far. So can anyone tell me where I should
look now (Guest account may be a clue) in order to remove it from my main
account?

Thanks.

"Taurarian" wrote:

> Check this site out, manual removal instructions included:
> http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/Transponder.html
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 11:41:15 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

Copied from Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

farmmext.exe is a process associated with the Transponder parasite. It
monitors your online activities and and opens pop-ups based on it. This
process should be removed to protect your personal privacy.
http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/process...

doxdesk.com: database: Transponder
http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/Transponder.html

Transponder is bundled with a myriad of programs, such as "AudioGalaxy
Satellite", "Internet Accelerator" and "NetTurbo".
Transponder
http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/library/transponde...

Spyware, In a Galaxy Near You
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,49960,00.ht...

Steer clear of Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (BETA) until it's ready for
public release. It has too many problems yet!!!!

Some of this does not apply if you have Windows XP SP2. If you do not have
SP2, get it

First. Make sure of these settings and nothing will install without you
answering YES. (Except what may install as part of some other software.)
Don't click YES if you don't know/trust the source.

Start | Settings | Control Panel | Internet Options | Advanced tab |
Make sure both of these are NOT checked.

Enable Install On Demand (Internet Explorer)
[[Specifies to automatically download and install Internet Explorer
components if a Web page needs them in order to display the page properly or
perform a particular task.]]

Enable Install On Demand (Other)
[[Specifies to automatically download and install Web components if a Web
page needs them in order to display the page properly or perform a
particular task.]]

Apply | OK

Enable Install On Demand (Other)
Is part of the driveby downloading of unwanted programs. i.e. Scumware or
whatever will install w/o you even being aware of it.
=====

Second. If you need a scan right now.

Follow the instructions!
THE PARASITE FIGHT QUICK FIX PROTOCOL
http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.php

=====

Third.
It is known as scumware. Visit these sites. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are really good.
Download, install, run, update and run again; one or all. They are all
good, FREE utilities. Make sure you update every program, even if you
just downloaded it. You must have the latest updates. Without updates,
you have a gun without ammo. You also need to use more than one
anti scumware program. One program will not catch everything.

1) CWShredder ver. 1.59 direct download:
http://www.merijn.org/files/cwshredder.zip

1a) CWShredder ver. 2.0 direct download:
http://www.aumha.org/downloads/cwshredder.zip

2) SpywareBlaster
[[SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from
ever being installed.
The most important step you can take is to secure your system. And
SpywareBlaster is the most powerful protection program available.]]
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

3) Spybot S & D (More for the advanced user)
http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?lang=en&page=...

4) HijackThis (More for the advanced user)
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

4a) HijackThis (direct download)
http://aumha.org/downloads/hijackthis.zip

5) Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner v1.13
http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/index.html?source=...

6) ToolbarCop
http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/toolbarcop.htm

7) Ad-aware SE Personal
http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/

=====

HijackThis log tutorial
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/htlogtutorial.html

HijackThis Log Tutorial
http://www.aumha.org/a/hjttutor.htm

How to use HijackThis to remove Browser Hijackers & Spyware
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtu...

How To Install Spybot Search and Destroy & a brief tutorial
http://tomcoyote.com/SPYBOT/index1.php

HOW TO: Reconfigure Ad-aware for a Full Scan
http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?t=5877
=====

MVPS HOSTS file is a free download from:
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/

Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
=====

Problems uninstalling? Here's some advice.
http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/uninstallproblems....

Additional information & instructions.
A wealth of information here, boys and girls.

THE PARASITE FIGHT QUICK FIX PROTOCOL
http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm

THE PARASITE FIGHT
Finding, Removing & Protecting Yourself From Scumware
http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm

Bugs, Glitches & Stuffups
http://www.mvps.org/inetexplorer/Darnit.htm

Dealing with Unwanted Spyware and Parasites
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm

Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;827315

Spyware and Deceptive Software
http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/twc/privacy/spyware.msp...

What you should know about spyware
http://www.microsoft.com/security/articles/spyware.asp

Cleaning Up XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_c.htm#cleanup
--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User



hotingzilla wrote:
> Thanks but I just did. The script on their website detected a
> transponder/pynix installed, but I cannot find them by following their
> instructions.
>
> However, I noticed something special. After I realized this problem, I
> opened up a Guest account, and ever since, farmmext.exe have not been
> redownloaded. Nothing suspicious so far. So can anyone tell me where
> I should look now (Guest account may be a clue) in order to remove it
> from my main account?
>
> Thanks.
>
> "Taurarian" wrote:
>
>> Check this site out, manual removal instructions included:
>> http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/Transponder.html
!