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|26-01-2010, 10:58 AM||#1 (permalink)|
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Zapping the ASK.Com Virus
The scumbags who run ASK.com search engine are happy to have their malicious software piggybacked on other programs and downloaded without your consent. I just spent a few hours cleaning it out after downloading uTorrent and having ASK.com virus garbage hijack my browser.
ASK.com will install itself as your home page and will hijack all other search engines. Re-installing Google or otherwise as your home page is a first step, but will not solve the problem.
Getting rid of ask.com virus isn't straight forward.
1.Go to control panel - Add/Remove Programs - Uninstall ASK.exe
Because it has changed all your browser settings you now have to get imaginative. The following is from a firefox forum.
latest Firefox update brings up Ask.com for any search • mozillaZine Forums
|26-01-2010, 12:55 PM||#3 (permalink)|
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When installing utorrent it specifically prompts you with an option to install it. If it was installed on your computer, then you gave consent. However, glad to know I haven't missed anything by not installing.
|26-01-2010, 02:45 PM||#4 (permalink)|
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Install a proper OS and you'll never be annoyed again by viruses or other malicious programs. If you don't play on your computer you should get rid of Windows (any version).
Note about viruses against virii:
virii - Wiktionary
|26-01-2010, 09:40 PM||#5 (permalink)|
I have good anti spyware and anti virus software I brought on my laptop from the USA. They have a service asking subscribers to report new viruses. I asked them a while back about the Ask.com and they sent me a long and polite response which told me it is not considered a virus because its installation is done by consent. It really is a pain in the ass, and while I disagreed with them, I did not pursue it further. E-mailing the company that makes your virus protection software and complaining about this malicious program is probably the best way to get rid of itl
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