From: damnitbouy (damnitbouy_at_discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 10:03:05 -0700
> "Rho_1r" wrote:
> > No not generally, removing alexa tool bar by lavasoft from registry entry has
> > a long history and is okay,Most spy bot programs can compromise your
> > installation, winxp has at least 19 default programs listening at ports, they
> > can confuse these ones as spy programs, I would research each registry entry
> > before deleting it and make sure it came from a downloaded program not win xp
> > or winxpsp2.
> > Rho_1r
> > "g-w" wrote:
> > > Val wrote:
> > > > I just ran Spyware-Search and Destroy and I have over 100
> > > > spyware, most of them are cookies but a few are in my
> > > > registry. Is it safe to remove the spyware that is in the
> > > > registry?
> > > > Thanks, Val
> > >
> > > Yes unless some application you want to use requires the spyare or it
> > > stops running (Kazaa is one I believe).
> > >
> > > g-w
> > >
> Ok - after almost a year, i finally see the word Alexa in print. At least
> now i no it's not just me. There is an evil living in my system registry
> named ALEXA. Both Spybot and Freedom(Adelphia's vers of Search and Destroy)
> have labeled this registry key as extremely dangerous and should be removed.
> But neither of them can. It has totally taken control of my machine to the
> point that it is nearing the point of total uselessness. I am suprised that
> it has allowed me to actually get online and to this point. I have
> reformatted my hard drive 4 times and that helps for only a week or so and
> it's back, either that or it is on my XP start-up cd, but can't find if it
> is. HELP - I'm ready to throw my little Compaq Desk Pro in the trash and
> start over. Anyone know anything I can do??
P.S. BEWARE of spyware called CWS and especially Coolsearch - thry're