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Old 05-30-2004, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default iSearch

WTF this new program I discoved by accident called iSearch seems to down load itself onto any system automaticaly with out asking.

it hi-jacks your Browser and Home page, and there is no uninstaler

Currenlty there dont seem to be any way to get rid of this spyware crap and the spyware programs Do Not detect it either.

Guess what for $29 isearch can sell you an uninstaler also for another $29 you can buy their Spyware remover. Yes big scam they force their software onto you Browser and offer to fix it with thier other programs which all cost $29+.

This ABC News artical has some details and info on it I just found
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/SciTe...Insider-1.html

Oh and it wont let you change iSearch from your Home Page, mine was my local Road Runner whuch had local info like Time/Temperature/Weather ect now I am stuck with this crap which is useless and unavoidable.

Hope no one else runs into this but if you do your out of luck til some one sues these bastards.

i'll be watching Tech TV all week in hopes they find a way to get rid of this thing.

Any way good luck all.
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Old 05-30-2004, 06:40 PM   #2
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http://www.spywareinfo.com/xscan.php

Try that. I'll be surprised if that doesn't work. That scan catches stuff that AdAware and Spybot misses sometimes.

If that doesn't work, try and get a little freebie program called RegCleaner and try to remove the entries manually with it.

http://www.worldstart.com/weekly-dow...cleaner4.3.htm
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Old 05-30-2004, 06:42 PM   #3
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I had it too, my sympathies to anyone trying to go through the registry looking for all the lines this bastard is hiding.

I finally gave up and decided my sanity was worth more than most of the files I had on my computer and just reformatted.
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Old 05-30-2004, 07:05 PM   #4
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LOL thanks for trying Elan but the browser sends me to the iSearch main page when I click your link, guess thats why they call it spyware bah

First thing I tried was Ad-Aware which I love has always worked great but it didnt see this.

I may have to wait til SP2 comes out next month and hope that makes this go away.
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Old 05-30-2004, 07:26 PM   #5
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I get the occasional spy program that pisses me off, but I have switched to a browser called Opera and with the pop-up blocker built in most little things like that don't make it to me
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Old 05-30-2004, 07:33 PM   #6
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ironicaly iSearch has a built in pop-up blocker lmao
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Old 05-30-2004, 09:16 PM   #7
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Opera = teh shit

Tabbed browsing = teh shit

Opening Opera after you closed it and getting all the pages you had up when you closed it = teh shit

Go Opera... damn them for making me use IE here at work!

A very very few pages will not load properly with opera, but to me it is well worth it.

If you use IE then load the google toolbar. It is hella convienient, and it has a built in pop-up blocker.

Firefox is nice too.

About the spyware I don't know what to tell you other than make a complaint to the BBB, your state AG and anyone else you can think of about the extortion scam. Make a positive from the negative. Help prevent the same thing happening to others.
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Old 05-30-2004, 09:32 PM   #8
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the ABC News report on iSearch points out they list as being suported by BBB so that may not go to far as others before me have found
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Old 05-30-2004, 09:53 PM   #9
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pretty strange... iSearch is what Intuit (Quickbooks, Quicken, Lacerte, TurboTax etc) calls their tech support knowledge base. I am sure it isnt the same thing, but was just funny it's called that after all the crap Intuit has been up to lately.

anyway... try this, Hijack This , it should let you remove any registry links that might be causing it to reinstall itself after you delete it, then maybe you can try some spyware remover after you kill the auto-installer.

hope it helps.

btw, download from the 4th post down, it seems to be the best one. sometimes spyware will block(redirect) the first one.
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Old 05-30-2004, 10:31 PM   #10
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iSearch removal

It sounds like a CWS variant (which are usually cleanable by CWShredder, but definitely run HijackThis and see if there is anything you can clear out with that.
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Old 05-31-2004, 12:47 AM   #11
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Glad you brought this up Warsheol I was having the same problem. I follow Elan's link and it worked like a charm thanks.
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Old 05-31-2004, 01:08 AM   #12
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Thanks Elan...cleared up a bunch of crap on my PC.
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Old 05-31-2004, 01:14 AM   #13
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Update to Windows xp sp2....Built in pop up blocker/firewall
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Old 05-31-2004, 02:26 AM   #14
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wow i didnt have any idea what those pop up bitches were my freind couldnt figure it out either... those totally helped my problem as well thx!!! i was playing EQ in window mode cuz of those pop ups.
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Old 05-31-2004, 03:24 AM   #15
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Sounds like a few of you may be suffering from the Messanger pop-up's still. if so here is a write up on turning that off I did for my guild about a year ago (for XP only) this isnt the same as the browser pop up's fyi.
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Turning off pop-up Mesenger in Windows XP

Thought id share the secret with you all sence it drove me crazy in the middle of a raid and POP, so id have to window EQ minamize it click away pop-up then go back to my fight.

To turn it off. logon with administrator privileges.
Go to Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services.
Scroll down to Messenger.
Right click on it and choose Properties.
If it is running, press the stop button and wait for it to stop.
Then change the Startup Type to Disabled.
No more sneaky popup ads from this service.
Of course, you may still get other types of popup ads, but this stops those sent by people on your isp or randomly spamming mass pop-ups. This wont effect system messages at all, I havent had any unwanted pop-ups with XP sence I have done this.

Hope this helps some one.

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Old 05-31-2004, 06:02 AM   #16
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I just refuse to install Messanger on my system!

The Google Tool Bar is my savior. The pop-up blocker has likely saved me from 100's of spyware. I know when I run my AdWare now, I get about 1/3rd the spyware that I used to. If you are using IEm I highly highly recomend it
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Old 05-31-2004, 06:07 AM   #17
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Just a note for anyone who doesn't check the Technical forum, this thread on Spyware is a sticky topic and has several good resources.
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Old 05-31-2004, 06:47 AM   #18
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download ad-aware and run that it will remove iSearch
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Old 05-31-2004, 07:01 AM   #19
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I'm suprised people still use Internet Explorer, I personally can't stand it. The Google toolbar is nice for killing popups, the few times I have to use IE. Otherwise it's Firefox all the way. Tabbed browsing is the internet nerd's equivalent to sex.
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Old 05-31-2004, 09:48 AM   #20
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Tabbed browsing is the internet nerd's equivalent to sex.
So what about tabbed browsing while having sex.
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Old 05-31-2004, 11:24 AM   #21
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Computer nerds don't have sex...

(note to computer nerds, thats actually a joke... I felt a need to specify this as I am married to one and on the whole, his sense of humor... well... lets just say it doesn't exist.)
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Old 05-31-2004, 11:38 AM   #22
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Computer nerds have sex since people will always need their machines fixed.

Video game nerds on the other hand...
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Old 05-31-2004, 01:52 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Ziagwa
download ad-aware and run that it will remove iSearch
Ad-Aware doesnt see iSearch at all that was the first thing I tried lol.
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Old 05-31-2004, 05:06 PM   #24
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My suggestion...

Don't look up your porn sites on google and you shouldn't get a CWS. :P
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Old 05-31-2004, 08:25 PM   #25
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Computer nerds have sex since people will always need their machines fixed.

Video game nerds on the other hand...
Can't you just picture a bunch of computer game nerds around the lunch table the morning after...

"omg d00d, you should have seen this bitch I pwned last night. I could just hear the announcer in my mind screaming "HEADSHOT!"
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