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spyware removal software

How can I tell if a URL is a "valid" site...or one that is trying to get me to download spyware?

For example:


http://www.iesecuritybar.com/remove_spyware/



also...my home page is set to

iesecurepage.com

and I cannot change it through Internet Options in IE.



What is some VALID, FREE  software for removing spyware, adware, etc.?
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Tom Knowlton
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Tom Knowlton
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amit_gCommented:
Download and run spybot search and destroy from

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

You may have to run it a few times before it is totally clean.
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rpggamergirlCommented:
Hi,
This one.

 Please download SmitfraudFix:
http://siri.geekstogo.com/SmitfraudFix.php
Extract the content (a folder named SmitfraudFix) to your Desktop.
Next, please reboot your computer in Safe Mode by rebooting the computer,
and repeatedly tapping the F8 key as the pc starts. Choose "Safe Mode" from
the options listed.
 
Once in Safe Mode, open the SmitfraudFix folder again and double-click
smitfraudfix.cmd
 
Select option #2 - Clean by typing 2 and press "Enter" to delete infected
files.
 
You will be prompted : "Registry cleaning - Do you want to clean the
registry?" answer "Yes" by typing Y and press "Enter" in order to remove
the Desktop background and clean registry keys associated with the
infection.
 
The tool will now check if wininet.dll is infected. You may be prompted to
replace the infected file (if found); answer "Yes" by typing Y and press
"Enter".
 
The tool may need to restart your computer to finish the cleaning process;
if it doesn't, please restart it into Normal Windows.
A text file will appear onscreen, with results from the cleaning process; please copy/paste the content of that report into your next reply.
The report can also be found at the root of the system drive, usually at C:\rapport.txt
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rpggamergirlCommented:
If problem persists, then we need to look at your hijackthis log to check for other malware in your system.

Please download HijackThis 1.99.1
http://www.cyberanswers.org/forum/uploads/HijackThis1991.exe
http://danborg.org/spy/hjt/alternativ.exe
Open Hijackthis, click "Do a system scan and save a logfile" don't fix anything yet.

Then upload the logs to any hosting sites,
or go to the below link and login using your Experts-Exchange username and password.
http://www.ee-stuff.com
Click on "Expert Area" tab
type or paste the link to your Question
"Browse" your pc to the location of your Hijackthis log and click "Upload"
Copy the resulting "url" and post it back here.

OR: paste the log to either of these sites:
1. http://www.rafb.net/paste/
then at the bottom left corner click "paste"
Copy the address/url and post it here.

2. or at --> http://www.hijackthis.de/ 
and click "Analyse", click "Save".  Then post the link to the saved list here.

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rpggamergirlCommented:
It's hard to know when a url is bad or not. For example this site --> http://www.errorsafe.com 
many would think that the site is legit but in fact it is fraud.

Take a look at few of these variants of smitfraud family of infections, they all claim to be good and really convincing but they are bad bad bad.
1. http://www.spysheriff.com/
2. http://www.spywarequake.com/
3. http://www.spyaxe.com/
4. http://www.virusburst.com/
5. http://www.powercodec.com/
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Spybot Search and Destroy found the Smitfraud file.
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rpggamergirlCommented:
You've got to be kidding!
Spybot can not remove smitfraud infection!
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Huh...perhaps it was just letting me know it found it.  ;)

In the end it actually seems to be the AVG software that got rid of the Home Page redirection.
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rpggamergirlCommented:
What you described in your topic is an active smitfraud infection,
AVG(formerly Ewido) doesn't remove it either, :)

I've got to bookmark this thread to show people what AVG did for you.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Okay..so the smitfraud infection is something else.

All I know is the iesecurepage.com redirection is gone.  I can now set my Home Page, and it will go to the Home Page, not to iesecurepage.

Tom
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dttriCommented:
Greetings,
I was infected by Smitfraud sometimes ago and Kaspersky help me remove it. Check my question on EE about my case:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Q_21415883.html
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