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IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Wedgy » Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:02 pm

These forums use many security measures to ensure your login is protected and cannot be hijacked. One of these measures is Browser Checking. Every 15mins while you are logged in, the forums will check you are using the same browser you were a while ago.

Now the problem:

A normal user would tell the forums they have "MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0" (or whatever they are running).

Some users are showing the following: "MSIE 7.0 SIMBAR={0EF8B0C2-0778-49C5-BCAD-0E9D796DAB5F}; ; Windows NT 6.0"

The users affected are, SM, Mayfly and Pujgnie

Looked odd to me and the reference number continually changes. I realised last night that this is why SM and Mayfly cannot stay logged into the forums - because the reference number changes, basically the forums think you are using a different browser, its a security risk and log you out.

Now the bad news, after a bit of googling ..... this Simbar is ADWARE.

Adware-Simbar
Overview -
This is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) detection. It is not a virus or trojan. PUPs are any piece of software which a reasonably security-or privacy-minded computer user may want to be informed of.

Characteristics -
This is not a virus or trojan. It is a direct-marketing adware application. This application generates extra pop-up ads while using Internet Explorer.

This kind of application generally comes bundled with another program, which usually discloses the fact that it is ad-supported. Users agree to have the Adware installed in the license agreement, although they may not realise at first that this file was packaged with the product they installed.


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I hope forum members can give some help/advice on programs that might get rid of this.

If I spot any other users with this, I will update this post.
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby IanM » Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:07 pm

Best thing to do is download Adaware from http://www.lavasoft.com/ which will pick up any nasty bits of spyware on your PC and get rid of it. It's surprising what it picks up :)
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby RLN » Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:13 pm

Adaware is excellent and it is free to use the basic programme - highly recommended :-bd
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Pujgnie » Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:26 pm

I got the Free 2008 Adware D/L and ran it. Found 65 spyware files (now deleted) :)

I also ran Spybot straight after - and that found 0 files. I still get the odd pop up from IE however X(
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Wedgy » Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:33 am

Will be able to check you guys again when I catch you online :)
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Saracenman » Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:59 pm

i too installed Adaware 2008 and it detected 85 items.

I'm not sure how many of these would've been automatically picked up by AVG (which tends to pick up stuff very early)

let's see if running Adaware will keep me logged in :)

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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Mackrick » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:25 pm

Don't have this problem with a Mac ;)
Sorry to hear that some of you are having problems.
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Saracenman » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:27 pm

Mackrick wrote:Don't have this problem with a Mac ;)
Sorry to hear that some of you are having problems.


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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Mackrick » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:31 pm

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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Mayfly » Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:26 pm

Mackrick wrote:Don't have this problem with a Mac ;)
Sorry to hear that some of you are having problems.



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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby MrTim » Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:39 pm

Or Linux... ;)
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby RLN » Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:28 pm

I use AVG 8 internet suite for viruses and Ad-aware Pro with real time interception of adware, trackers etc. I don't have a problem and I use Vista. The thing is, unless you have the time to find these things on the internet, or work in that sort of environment where there are PC enthusiasts, it is difficult to know what to do. PC World just want to sell you software that isn't necessarily the best for your needs, so if a problem arises just ask somebody on here or on the other side. :D
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Pujgnie » Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:35 pm

What is this Simbar thingey anyway ?

I have searched my comp.. done Spybot, Adware and nothing found. (all lastest updates are in place on every security programme)
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby MrTim » Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:03 pm

It is apparently a program that would have been installed along with something else you installed. It would have been in the small print somewhere during the install. It's not technically virus or spyware but it is unwanted and sneaky. I can't say for sure how to delete it. You might be able to uninstall it by uninstalling the application it came with (if you can work out what it was). This software claims to remove it, though I've no idea if it's any good or not:- http://maxspywaredetector.com/spyware_e ... Simbar.htm. Spyware Doctor from http://www.pctools.com is a good program which I have and this might remove it (can't be sure though). The only problem with these spyware removal programs is that they can slow down your PC considerably, especially when you boot up your machine. You need lots of RAM to run them.

Might be worth a download of Spyware Doctor to see if it finds it. If not, you can always uninstall it.
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Re: IMPORTANT - Adware

Postby Pujgnie » Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:17 pm

MrTim wrote:It is apparently a program that would have been installed along with something else you installed. It would have been in the small print somewhere during the install. It's not technically virus or spyware but it is unwanted and sneaky. I can't say for sure how to delete it. You might be able to uninstall it by uninstalling the application it came with (if you can work out what it was). This software claims to remove it, though I've no idea if it's any good or not:- http://maxspywaredetector.com/spyware_e ... Simbar.htm. Spyware Doctor from http://www.pctools.com is a good program which I have and this might remove it (can't be sure though). The only problem with these spyware removal programs is that they can slow down your PC considerably, especially when you boot up your machine. You need lots of RAM to run them.

My be worth a download of Spyware Doctor to see if it finds it. If not, you can always uninstall it.


Thanks Tim. Will look into it. :)
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