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Real time monitoring programs can interfer with the cleanup of your computer.  It is advisable that you temporarilly disable those programs before cleaning and then enable after the cleanup is completed.

Ad-Aware Ad-Watch

   1. Right click on the Ad-Watch icon in the system tray and select "Restore Ad-Watch".
   2. At the bottom of the screen there will be two checkable items called "Active" and "Automatic".

          Active: Switches Monitoring On or Off without closing
          Automatic: Switches Automatic Blocking On or Off

   3. Uncheck (red X) both items.

AVG Anti-Spyware (formerly ewido)

Launch AVG Anti-Spyware and in the main window click "Realtime protection" (in green indicating "Active") to change to inactive.


   1. Right-click the running icon of CounterSpy in the sytem tray.
   2. With your mouse, hover over Active Protection Status (This should be enabled).
   3. A menu will slide out and then you need to right click on "Disable Active Protection".

Microsoft Security Essentials
   1. Right click on the system tray icon, and select "*Open*"
   2. Click on the "*Settings*" tab
   3. On the left side of the screen, click on "*Real-time protection*"
   4. Uncheck "*Turn on Real-time protection*"
   5. Click on "*Save Changes*"

Microsoft Windows Defender

   1. Launch Windows Defender
   2. Click Tools > General Settings
   3. Under Realtime Protection Options uncheck "Turn on real real-time protection (recommended)".
   4. Click the Save button
   5. Close Windows Defender

Spybot S&D (Teatimer)

   1. Run Spybot-S&D in Advanced Mode.
   2. If it is not already set to do this Go to the Mode menu select "Advanced Mode"
   3. On the left hand side, Click on Tools
   4. Then click on the Resident Icon in the List
   5. Uncheck "Resident TeaTimer" and OK any prompts.
   6. Restart your computer.


   1. Open Spysweeper and click on Options > Program Options and uncheck "load at windows startup".
   2. On the left click "shields" and then uncheck everything there.
   3. Uncheck "home page shield".
   4. Uncheck "automatically restore default without notification".
   5. Exit the program.


Right click the running icon of Spywareguard in the system tray to open the program. Then go to Menu, File, and choose Exit. It will automatically restart at next boot.


Right-click the running icon of Winpatrol in the system tray and choose exit. It will automatically restart at next boot.

Web News / High Increases In Trojan Horse Activity
« on: July 16, 2005, 10:16:07 PM »
For ease in reading, copied/pasted instead of quote.  From CyberNews4You (Canuk's Site):

High Increases In Trojan Horse Activity
July 15, 2005

Websense Security Labs is reporting an marked increase in Trojan Horse downloaders and banking Trojan Horses. The malicious code is being hosted on malicious websites, which are used in combination with deception techniques through email and instant messaging to attract users to visit the sites and run the malicious code.

The infected websites either host the Trojan Horse downloader (which, when run, downloads a banking Trojan Horse), or are actually hosting the actual keylogging code itself.

The most common deception techniques that are being used are music-related dedication emails, greeting cards, IT-security warnings, and through online banking deception.

When executed, the trojan monitors the users activities, well known banking and ecommerce websites, then the malicious code monitors are activated. The keystrokes are captured, and then they are sent through HTTP, SMTP, and sometimes encrypted through SSL.

According to Websense, this month,(especially the last two weeks), have been the busiest. Seeing numbers as high as 1000 malicious websites and 100 unique Trojan Horses discovered.

Some characteristics of the malicious websites and Trojan Horse downloaders are that they:

* Commonly use free hosting facilities (such as, personal sites, setup blogs, and home directories).
* Commonly use email and social engineering to entice users to run them.
* Most often use entertainment (such as, greeting cards and music-dedication) or IT security-related deception techniques (such as, MS update patch and AV warning must clean).
* Most commonly use technical details. The Delphi, UPX, ASPACK, MEW, VB are the most popular wrappers and packing technology being used.
* Most commonly use URLs that are using the .scr,.exe, .jpg.exe, .gif, and .ex extensions

For more information, please visit the Websense Security Labs detection and prevention recommendations website.

Phishing, Spam and Hoaxes / Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC)
« on: July 16, 2005, 09:24:16 PM »
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

IFCC's mission is to address fraud committed over the Internet. For victims of Internet fraud, IFCC provides a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of a suspected criminal or civil violation. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at all levels, IFCC offers a central repository for complaints related to Internet fraud, works to quantify fraud patterns, and provides timely statistical data of current fraud trends.

IFCC Warnings:

LandzDown Lounge / What is your favorite cartoon/cartoon character?
« on: July 16, 2005, 09:18:04 PM »
Or should I ask which are your favorites?  Here are a few to get you thinking . . .

Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Flintstones (Fred & Wilma Flintstone and Barney & Betty Rubble)
Jetsons (George & Jane)
Pepe Le Pu
Popeye The Sailor (Popeye, Brutus, Olive Oil)
Rocky & Bullwinkle (Rocky, Bullwinkle, Peabody & Sherman)
Scooby Do
Speedy Gonzales
Tom & Jerry
Tweetie & Sylvester
Yogi Bear and Boo Boo
Yosemite Sam

Testing / Custom BBCode
« on: July 15, 2005, 10:04:29 PM »

Internet / Firefox Extensions
« on: July 15, 2005, 09:41:16 PM »
This thread is not about vulnerabilities or to compare FF to IE (or any other browser).  Nope.  This is all about Firefox extensions.  Let's talk about our favorite (or not so favorite) FF extensions. 

Don't forget to provide a link though so others can get to it easily.

Phishing, Spam and Hoaxes / Phishing Sites!
« on: July 14, 2005, 01:07:34 AM »
No. don't bring your "fishing pole" here.  But these are two good reference sites on phishing:

LandzDown Lounge / Welcome to another friend! Hi, RedhatCOC!
« on: July 13, 2005, 11:58:14 PM »
Another GSF friend has stopped in.  Hi, RedhatCOC.  Welcome to LzD Forum!

LandzDown Lounge / Mamabear is here!!!
« on: July 13, 2005, 11:52:20 PM »

Huge {{{HUGS}}} for Mamabear!!!

Web News / Microsoft/Claria Deal Dead
« on: July 13, 2005, 03:57:35 PM »

Microsoft/Claria Deal Dead

Microsoft has ended its acquisition talks with behavioral targeting firm Claria, ClickZ News has learned from a source close to the discussions. Another Microsoft source later confirmed that report.

A Microsoft staffer, who asked not to be identified, characterized the end of the talks as driven by concerns about a PR fallout that could follow a Claria purchase. That company has, in the past, been associated with spyware.

The source says Microsoft will likely consider buying other companies with behavioral targeting technology, but no one is "officially in scope at this time."

The cessation of talks between the companies puts a quick end to rumors that began just as suddenly less than two weeks ago.

In the week that followed, two discoveries led to speculation a deal had gone through. Claria and KaZaa ended their distribution relationship, which many chalked up to Claria having found another partner. It was also reported Microsoft downgraded the threat risk on Claria GAIN adware product from "quarantine" to "ignore."


LandzDown Lounge / Validation Email
« on: July 13, 2005, 12:58:18 AM »
Hi!  We're not certain why the automatic email validation notice isn't being sent when new members register here.  So until we get it straightened out, SpyDie and I will hit the manual button to validate new members as soon as we can. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Jokes / The Writer
« on: July 12, 2005, 04:31:11 PM »
Once upon a time there was a young man who wanted to become a great writer.

"I want to write things the whole world will read," he declared.
"Stuff that will elicit strong emotions from people in every walk of life.
I want my writing to make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger."

He now lives happily ever after in Redmond, Wash., writing error messages for Microsoft.

LandzDown Lounge / Now that its official . . . Spread the Word!
« on: July 11, 2005, 10:15:51 PM »
Now that the URL has officially been changed from . . . well, let's just say changed to, its time to let the world know that we're here to provide whatever assistance we can in the security community! 

We certainly have what it takes -- the best Update Moderator available and the best Team possible!  I rather think that the rest of the security community will be a bit surprised that the former Team Lavasoft has stayed together all this time, maintaining contact and continuing to work together.  When Goatie wrote "A chosen family has a flavour of it's own, it is not given, it is hand picked one member at a time and earned!", it seems that she had Team Lavasoft LandzDown Team in mind!

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LandzDown Lounge / Having Trouble Staying Logged On?
« on: July 05, 2005, 09:34:13 PM »
Try logging out and login using the login path shown below. 

Jokes / Idiot Sighting*
« on: July 05, 2005, 08:43:11 PM »
I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor who called the
local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer
Crossing sign on our road. The reason: "too many deer were being hit by
cars" and he didn't want them to cross there anymore.
This one was from Kingman, KS.

My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the
person behind the counter for "minimal lettuce."
He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg. And he was a Kansas City

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee
asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge? To
which I replied, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” He
smiled knowingly and nodded, "That's why we ask." Happened in Birmingham,

The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I
was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine when she
asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind
people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, "What on earth are
blind people doing driving?!" She was a probation officer in Wichita, KS

At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who was leaving the
company due to downsizing," our manager commented cheerfully, "this is fun;
we should do this more often."
Not a word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that
deer-in-the-headlights stare.
This was a bunch at Texas Instruments.

I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and
for the life of her couldn't understand why her system would not turn on. A
deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff's office no less.

When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our
car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service
department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's
side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the
door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. "Hey," I announced to the
technician, "it's open!" To which he replied, "I know --- I already got
that side." This was at the Ford dealership in Canton, Mississippi!

*and they walk among us ...

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