Ad Aware

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by punkboy101, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. punkboy101
    Honorary Member

    punkboy101 Back from the wilderness

    Hi all

    I did some work today, and i was rather surprised at the results i got when running Ad-Aware.

    Just a bit of backround info, the salesman at work has been having lot's problems with spyware and adware, as well as viruses.

    Anyway, I've been getting him to scan everyday with AVG and ad-aware, and i've been going at it at least once a week with hijack this!, and i have managed to keep the situation under control.

    Anyway, he's had a problem with his desktop being changed, and his browser being hijacked. To cut a long story short (why do i always ramble lol [​IMG][​IMG]) , I scanned using the "smart mode", (which is the default I think) which picked up 6 files. Deleted those, and used AVG to remove some (18 [​IMG]) Trojans and Dialers, and that normally does the trick.

    However, not today. I scanned with Ad-Aware again in the same mode, and it picked nothing up, but I knew there was something there, so i scanned again using the full system scan, and it found a total of 82 files/whatever that were bad.

    I've alway's just used the "smart" option, and never really thought about it. I thought that it was good enough to pick up most things in that mode.

    Am I the only one that doesn't use the full scan everytime? If so, I'm gonna be mighty embarresed lol. What do you lot that use this software select when scanning on a regular basis? I'll cetainly be using the full mode from now on, as there is a pretty big difference between 0 and 82!!!!!! I kinda expected a few, but that many!


    Certifications: CCNA
    WIP: Nada
  2. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    always use full scan myself, unless i'm in a rush
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
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  3. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    You want to throw as wide a net as possible when trying to catch malware. Also, don't rely on Ad Aware alone. I also use SpyBot and find that it catches what Ad Aware misses. If I were supporting this salesman, I'd want to know what sites he's visiting where he is acquiring so much malware...particularly dialers which are commonly acquired on "pr0n" sites.

    You might want to take a look at his web browser history and cookies to see if anything "suspicious" turns up. If he's causing his own problems and if this is a company computer, you might be obligated to report this to a superior.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  4. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    pr0n sites? is that like trons evil brother or something?????? lol

    anyway, i use adaware and bazooka scanner. bazookas great, it actually tells you how to rid the files ureself, so you can be certain its actually gone!

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  5. punkboy101
    Honorary Member

    punkboy101 Back from the wilderness

    Trip, in answer to your question, he spends ALLOT of his time visiting naughty sites. I have explained to him time and time again that he is putting the company data at risk, blah blah blah, but all to no avail.

    And as for reporting him to his boss, I have already mentiond it, and the boss see's nothing wrong with what is happening. He even does it himself. Not that he even understands the concept of trojans, spyware, or just general security. Hell, the can't even set up a computer. [​IMG]

    Also, even though I work for a "computer" company, I am the only one that has any idea about PC's. The boss is an idiot, and the sale's man can't be botherd to learn about the equipment he is selling. He mainly relies on people's ignorance to sell machines. I joke not, these people don't even know what RAM is!! [​IMG][​IMG]

    I could write a 50000 word essay on how stupid and ignorant these clowns are. I have actually got to the point now where (I'm ashamed to say) I no longer care. I don't (and never have) covered the sale's man's blatant lie's to customers. I have no qualms in telling people the truth about these people.

    I can't really say much here, but it's sufficent to say that this company engages in some pretty awful practice's.

    However, I refuse to break any laws, or act in an dishonest way with anyone. They are currently trying to replace me, but they are having trouble getting anyone to work there. If only I had known before, I would never have started.

    I actually feel that I should be reporting them to the authorities, but I'm not sure that is the way to go.

    If I didn't have to pay rent and eat every month, I would have quit long ago. I'm just waitin to get a new job now, been applying for possitions like crazy, and I have now been offered a possition with a large multi-national company. Just have a few things to finish up with them, but I've been told I'll be starting mid Feb at the latest, providing I get security clearance.

    I'll let you all know about that later. [​IMG]

    Anyway, I seem to have hijacked my own thread, I've just got allot to get off my chest about these people, so thanks for the answers guy's!

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    WIP: Nada
  6. Phil
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    Phil Gigabyte Poster

    Congrats on the new job Andy :thumbleft getting out of a bad job brings a whole new lease of life :)
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  7. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Thanks for the clarification, Andy. It just seems stupid to try and support people who insist on behaving like idiots but you already know that.

    In my opinion, I don't think you have necessarily hijacked your own thread as the conditions under which this is occurring is an important issue to discuss. We need to be aware of not only the technical requirements and challenges of a job in IT but the legal, ethical, and moral hurdles as well. Thanks for sharing your situation.

    Congratulations on the new job. I assume the security clearence will not be a problem and that the job is in the bag. Good work.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  8. trislloyd

    trislloyd Nibble Poster

    For what it's worth i know that feeling - let me know if this opinion is uncalled for but why is it that it's nearly always the sales guy who is downloading porn and generally trying to bring the network to it's knee's?

    Within my company me and the other I.T guy are making an effort to try and train the people who are using the computers on how to use them!!! Cause they really haven't a clue. It does get annoying but eh, without idiots you can't have genius! lol

    I have made a point of telling so called problem employee to kindly pack it in and tried to educate him time and again, he is finally listening and hasn't had a virus in months! Fortunately for me my bosses actually listen, good luck in the new job and for what it's worth i think you were right and you were kinda flogging a dead horse at your old company.
    Certifications: Comptia A+, Comptia Network+, MCP
    WIP: MCSE, specializing in Cisco

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