Monday, February 07, 2005
If you've got trouble with Startpage.4.AP, you are going to also have trouble with CoolWWW, Cool Web Search, LopDotCom,Maxserving,HomeOldSp, Zestyfind, Zedo, Tribalfusion, Alexa, Xupiter,PSW Tofger.2.AR, js.search.cc, and Startpage.4.AP (which now has now spawned, Startpage.4.AO). Startpage.4.AO is not substantially different from any of the other garbage which has taken over your PC, but the reality is that you're going to have to spend some money to PERMANENTLY get rid of all of these pests, and you're going to have to spend some more to PREVENT THEM FROM RE-INFESTING your PC.
If you scroll down, you'll see that I've listed what I feel are the best FREE programs, and I've also stated that they have to be used in conjunction with several other free programs, and have to be updated daily. After wasting hours trying to find the "perfect FREE program" I finally bought GhostSurf Pro, and then later bought PestPatrol.
My home page hasn't been changed, and I have dug out the little bits of malicious code which go unseen by the free programs, and are left behind after you think you've just cleaned your system. Those little bits of code regenerate the home page hijackers after you think you've finally defeated them and gotten control of your PC again. The next day - your home page has been changed again and now you're angrier and more frustrated than ever!
I used PestPatrol (see the link in the post below)to eradicate the hijackers which had been hiding in my PC, and I use GhostSurf Pro to block them from re-infesting my PC. GhostSurf also eliminates pop-ups!
There are secure links to all of the free programs if you want to try them (I wasted a lot of time using all of them and none of them was effective for more than a day). Be VERY certain that you download ALL programs from the authors. There are several sites which offer free downloads, but the programs they offer are
versions of legitimate software which have been altered to include the same garbage you're trying to get rid of.
I've placed secure links on this site for GhostSurf Pro (at the bottom of this page), and for PestPatrol if you decide that you're done wasting your time muddling about with the free stuff and simply want to free your computer of the invaders.
Lavasoft's Ad-aware, and AVG are the only free programs I know of which seem to be consistently effective, but neither will get rid of CoolWWW and all of the other pests. AVG is so good at anti-virus defense that I actually threw Norton SystemWorks in the garbage because of frequent clashes it had with Windows.
See recent posts, and the post of April 21, 2004 for more info, and for secure links.