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Need good startup / BHO remover

Posted on 2010-08-25
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Can anyone recommend a good, commercial grade startup program / BHO remover? Something that will identify anyting being ran at startup and/or add-ons to IE?
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jimmyray7 earned 400 total points
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hijackthis is the standard application for this.  It can remove BHOs as well as startup entries.
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I'm using this free edition
http://www.superantispyware.com
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by:jimbecher
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  Hijack this is interesting. I saw the same thing in sysinternals. It looks like it shows BHOs but not Add-On. This whole search started when Windows Update faile saying a add-on stopped it from working. Thanks Microsoft. You know which add-on it was why don't you tell me which on? Anyway it looks like IE add-ons might be yet another place where malware can infect you?

   I use Superantispyware. Looked and looked. I saw no place where you could remove existing BHOs or startup entries. Ami I looking in the wrong place?
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I always use hijackthis
But you can also use Internet Explorer`s owen "Manager addon`s"
Its in the tools menu.

You could also try to seach for spyware with hitman pro ( http://www.surfright.nl/en/ )
It sends objects to the cloud to do a multi vendor virus scan.
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by:lenamtl
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If you scan the PC it should detect installed BHO and prevent when a new one try to install.

Also I used this one in the past
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html
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by:cantoris
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My favourite tool for this task by far:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx 
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