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Search guard plus-is this a virus?

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August 30, 2009 9:46:21 PM

Hello,

I noticed a red shield with a yellow cross on the bottom right of my screen in the dock. It is a program called search guard plus(My Web Tattoo) and search guard plus update(My Web Tattoo) from Make the Web Better LLC. Not sure if this came with the computer or if its a virus. was on a web MD type site and a fake virus protector tried to install but I shut of the computer without hitting anything. Since then no real probelms. I ran Trend Micro internet security and it found 17 cases of spyware and quarantined them. On another note-is trend micro any good? On our other computer I just removed all antivirus software and installed the free home edition of avast and it seems to work great. Wondering if I should do that hear as well. I had a similar problem once on my windows xp machine and was able to clear my content.ie5 folder to get rid of it. But I dont think that works anymore in Vista? Thanks for any help you could give me.

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August 31, 2009 12:45:37 AM

If it is Malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will identify and remove it for you.

Click below to download MBAM:

http://www.besttechie.net/tools/mbam-setup.exe

Once downloaded install and when prompted update (this is very important) and run the full scan.

Remove everything it finds.

If Web Tattoo has been removed it was a baddie.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is especially good at identifying and removing rogue applications.
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September 2, 2009 2:44:39 AM

Denise,

You can install MBAM and keep it. It doesn't have to be a run once utility.

Keep it on the PC and update and run periodically as part of routine housekeeping.
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October 26, 2009 4:40:41 PM

Um,
I noticed it as well. After a little searching I realized that it is a Yahoo! tool. Yes, I have a choice of about a dozen search engines, but I really prefer to use Google. So I find it to be annoying to have to click on Google for every search, while Fast Browser Search is always automatic. This seems to be a benign hijacker to me, costing a couple of extra strokes. However, I work too fast to avoid it every time.

Here is the info that I found:

http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/srchprotect/deta...

Rather than remove the program, I'm just going to try and disable it on my side and let my mate do what she wants. I'll let you know how this works.

Michael H.

Amarillo, TX
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February 23, 2010 5:25:54 PM

btk1w1 said:
Denise,

You can install MBAM and keep it. It doesn't have to be a run once utility.

Keep it on the PC and update and run periodically as part of routine housekeeping.


hello i am very causious about my laptop and my mom got viruses so i would like to ask if MBAM is 100% safe
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February 23, 2010 6:56:10 PM

safety 1st said:
hello i am very causious about my laptop and my mom got viruses so i would like to ask if MBAM is 100% safe


Yes MBAM is very safe and is one of the most trusted antispyware applications around.

Depending on how badly your laptop is infected it will pay to run the scanner a 2nd or even 3rd time. You can also get a second opinion on your laptops bill of health by running another free highly reputable antispyware application SUPERAntiSpyware.

Http://www.superantispyware.com

Although these are antispyware applications, they will take care of viruses, Trojans, worms and many forms of malicious root-kits also.
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February 26, 2010 9:25:55 AM

do you know of any free removers because i cant perchase any right now and would like to fix it as much as i can free of charge even if the program shows me how to deleat all problems manually.
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February 26, 2010 9:56:14 AM

MBAM and SUPERAntiSpyware are both free. They both scan AND remove threats.
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February 26, 2010 9:57:34 AM

Just download the free versions and you're good to go after installing and updating.
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February 26, 2010 7:45:22 PM

ok the mbam when i tried installing it when i hit run it said that data was currupted
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February 26, 2010 8:14:13 PM

OK.

Do you know if your computer is infected?

Alot of malware now days try to prevent the install of MBAM.

If you aren't sure it could just be a corrupted download, in which case you can delete the file you have downloaded and download it again to try to install.

If you are sure you will need to provide more info, pop ups redirects etc because a different method will be needed to clean your pc.
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February 27, 2010 2:02:16 AM

boot in safe mode with networking, download Malwarebytes Antimalware again & install.
Scan & remove threat!
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April 8, 2010 7:06:58 AM

FYI... As one of the best recovery techs in my county, these are the top 4 tools I recommend to EVERYONE. And FREE, but remember to give them a hand for giving you a hand at an easy way to stay safe and clean.

I RECOMMEND ABOVE ALL, not to use a console package deal. If one part is compromized, the whole thing is defeated. So I use 4 on all machines and a 5th on better machines.


1.
Malwarebytes Antimalware is a MUST HAVE, update regularly, and use often. It is the best tool to find and remove MALICIOUS SOFTWARES, like Fake AV, and Windows AV 2010, ect. By Malwarebytes.

2.
Avast 5 (4.8 for older machines) is the most trouble free Anti-Virus with a free version you can use with a once per year free registration until you feel experienced enough to buy a subscription for. By Avast.

3.
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.62 has the best immunization feature. It has an extensive Advanced set of tools if you think your ready to get into them, and a good forum to follow. By SaferNetworking

4.
Spywareblaster 4.2 is an excellent malicious web site filter, the fastest, and simplest tool to keep up to date and enabled, less than 1 minute per week. It will assist you in NOT getting bad keyloggers and spywares on your system. By JavaCool Software.



Shareing 5th place are two great tools, but a little to invasive for older machines. With the first 4, you should be fine on older machines. But remember, you can still get these next two and install them to assist cleaning up, then remove them, when finished, because they will be running in the background, and an older machine like 1.4 gig cpu is going to struggle with just an antivirus running in the background, and you can't do with out that today.

SUPERAntiSpyware and Ad-Aware

5.

AD-AWARE ( and pay very close attention to that name, too many are tricked into getting the extreemly malicious "ADWARE" instead of "AD-AWARE", the latest version has incorporated a very simple GUI (graphical user interface, or LOOKS in laymens terms). It does now run in real time also makeing it too agressive for older machines, but you can remove half the protection, and lean it out, but thats defeating the pourpose. By Lavasoft.


And the other Last Resort Tool of choice is SUPERAntiSpyware. If you have a good Dual core or newer pc running at a good speed over 2gigs, you may just want to add this to the first 4 as a well rounded package of protection. By SUPERAntiSpyware.

ONLY use SUPERAntiSpyware for tough persistent problems, and if you have plenty of RAM and a decent CPU.

Those problems of your current security software being contaminated and not finding or removing those known threats you can manually see, this program will help greatly to dig out.

It is ok to use it and remove it, when finished, as it is very startup aggressive and slows a lot of older systems down to a crawl (3 years or older). This doesn't mean it isn't good, it is good and powerful, it's just very process hungry in it's assault against those pests, not just in scanning, but being on your system it runs in real time like your anti-virus program, so it becomes a big problem on a machine with limited resources. It has a limited control free version, and a very extensive paid for subscription.



Windows Defender is an ok standby defense tool, that digs windows systems files for various things. But never rely on it, I have only seen it find 1 item since it was out and I work on a lot of pc's daily. I have seen every kind of threat in action, and repaired the computers they infected.

TIP:

As you run SPYBOT S&D after immunizing, sit and watch the names on the status bar at the lower left corner to get familiar with those names, it will help you to avoid the SCAMMERS who will lay in wait to TRICK you into clicking something and getting infected and compromising your security system.

These steps above I have just listed, you can drop into most shops and request them to be done for you at a going rate of $89 and up, just as a general cleanup. BUT if they have to work at getting them installed and running, it could a lot more. But now with those program names you can do it free....

WARNING----DO NOT GET TRICKED IN TO A SIMILAR NAMED PRODUCT....

That is why I mentioned who each product is made BY......

EXAMPLE;

Ad-Aware By Lavasoft has hundreds of FAKES like;

Adaware
AdWare
Adware
Ad-Ware
Ad-Ware 2008 or 2009 or 2010

On top of all, Learn PATHS, local computer paths, and internet paths, and as you begin to see the structures, your safety and security becomes much easier to handle....


Enjoy... JA37 VertigoAirlines (The Original)

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April 28, 2010 7:45:14 PM

btk1w1 said:
If it is Malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will identify and remove it for you.

Click below to download MBAM:

http://www.besttechie.net/tools/mbam-setup.exe

Once downloaded install and when prompted update (this is very important) and run the full scan.

Remove everything it finds.

If Web Tattoo has been removed it was a baddie.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is especially good at identifying and removing rogue applications.



I tried to download the MBAM and it set that my setup files were corrupt and refused to download it, what should I do now?????
Teri
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May 10, 2010 6:35:14 PM

terism1 said:
I tried to download the MBAM and it set that my setup files were corrupt and refused to download it, what should I do now?????
Teri


Google: Malwarebytes Antimalware and you'll be directed to a host of free download locations - download.com is my favourite and they have it there as I've just d/l and installed it myself.

Actually here's the direct link;
http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000...

Hope this helps

And thank you theeprophet, the programs you listed are one's I've personally used for years. When I go to someone's aid when their PC has stopped running, I install these programs, the only trouble is I get asked why the need for so many Spyware programs, why one won't do? They are what I use and rarely have PC issues - that's my answer!

Lisa
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May 10, 2010 9:00:56 PM

Microsofts Malicious Software Removal Tool is pretty good as well. Also there is Prevx from prevx.com. You can get a scan online if you can't download it and it is free.
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