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AJRitz is offline Old Post 06-29-2004 08:50 PM
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#@%^*&*^@#$^ BlazeFind

I spent three hours at my brother and sister-in-law's last night, trying to get BlazeFind malware off of their computer. Luckily, they had followed my instructions and backed up their files recently, because I ultimately decided that it made more sense just to blow the whole darn thing up and re-install Windows. Neither Adaware nor SpyBot S&D could remove this little bugger. Their system is one of my old hand-me-downs, so it's only a 350 Mhz P3 (but with plenty of RAM), so this stuff just slows that machine virtually to a halt.

I'm generally not a fan of corporal punishment, but whoever wrote that thing ought to be strung up by their testicles and flogged with energized electrical wires!

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I blame Microsoft for making it way too easy for this stuff to get installed in the first place. Sure, the companies who write them are scum, but Microsoft has done nothing to help the situation.

One PC that I work on every now and then is always getting this crap. I decided the best way to fix it is to make it virtually impossible to run IE. Problem with that is, they might get confused with different icons, and go and seek out IE for some reason. So, I installed Firefox, and, instead of deleting the IE icons, I just pointed them to Firefox. I even kept the icon the same. Now, the only possible way to run IE on that machine is to go into Program files\Internet Explorer, and double-click on Iexplorer.exe. Hopefully that will help.

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I agree.

I've never understood the concept behind spyware - what's the point of being able to put so much crap on someone else's computer that it makes it unusable? It's not only a horrendous invasion of privacy, but how can you spy on anyone if you disable their freaking computer?

It drives me crazy to think that by virtue of going to someone's site that they think they have the right to install software that you never asked for or even want on your computer behind the scenes.

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zak - that's a very tempting solution for this situation. I love my brother, but he's not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. And worse, he has one good friend who insists on e-mailing him all kinds of porn crap. Last night, I told him that he needs to tell his buddy to stop or I'd make sure everything the guy sends to him gets deleted at the server. To make matters even worse, they continue (against my impassioned begging and pleading) to use AOHell. Of course the bright side of that is that I'll just use the AOHell parental controls to prevent e-mails from pornboy from getting through to my brother if he keeps this crap up.

Now off to figure out how to force AOHell to only use the Firefox browser instead of IE . . .

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With SP2 it becomes much harder to get these kinds of spyware programs through IE.. not impossible.. but you have to do some extra clicking for it to install.

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