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    I am a victim of browser hijacking. Today I was browsing the web when several annoying pop's were displayed. A specific one (porn) draw my attention not because of porn but because everytime i delete the cookie, url on the temp folder it kept coming back.

    So this prompt to do additional search on my computer and I found an ugly Spyware name XUPITER. XUPITER consists of an internet explorer toolbar containing link buttons to one of Xupiter's search engines and a task run at Windows startup which downloads updates to the software and may launch pop-ups.

    It also contain functionality to hijack your home page and search settings, and add Xupiter links to your bookmarks.

    Then went to look for the folder and founf XUPITER folder under Program Files. Try to delete but it did not allow me to do it. Then decided to look further on the registry and this is what I did to remove this ugly thing:

    Start Regedit

    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Delete the DWORD "XupiterStartup"
    Run the following commands to unregister the various DLLs - note that some of the files may not exist on your computer.
    cd c:\windows\system (or as appropriate for your computer)
    regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Xupiter\Updates\XupiterToolbar.dll" Repeat for xtupdate.dll, xtsearch.dll
    regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Browser\Updates\BrowserToolbar.dll"
    Repeat for xtupdate.dll, xtsearch.dll
    regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Browser\Updates\BrowserToolbar.dll"
    Repeat for bwupdate.dll and bwsearch.dll cexx.org reports that the following DLLs may need to be unregistered as follows:
    regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Sqwire\t.dll Repeat for u.dll and s.dll

    Now my question:

    What type of spyware is XUPITER? A worm? Trojan horse?

    Can anyone give me links to site to prevent computer or browser hijackings?

    Thanks for you help

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    you can also go here and use spybot search and destroy or you can use the official uninstall tool from xupiter which can be found

    here



    edit:
    To answer your question:
    Once you remove Xupiter from your system, make sure you never install the ActiveX control again.


    In Internet Explorer, click Tools and choose Internet Options.
    Go to the Security tab, click the Restricted Sites icon, and then the Sites button.
    Under "Add this Web site to the zone:" type xupiter.com and click Add.
    Add other sites that have ActiveX controls similar to Xupiter. We recommend Gator.com and Comet Cursor.
    Click OK.

    You won't be prompted to download ActiveX controls from these sites ever again.

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    An easier way to remove crapware (as I like to call it) like Xupiter is to use a program such as Ad-Aware, available from www.lavasoftusa.com - it does a great job of cleaning all this junk out of your system. I have gotten Xupiter twice now, as a matter of fact, I spent some time yesterday cleaning it out of my system again. Ad-Aware will clean out all kinds of this stuff, and should be run about once a week for a normal Internet user.
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    apparently your allowing Active-X controlls to run...without even prompting you for permission.

    bad johnjoe!

    go to your security setting and change this.

    XUPITER is parasiteware.

    http://allentech.net/parasite/Xupiter.html


    et tu Maverick811

    Spyrus doing it that way means evertime someone destroys your computer you stop allowing them...dont allow anyone to begin with...prompt before running at least
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    Spychecker is similar to Spy Chaser, but it has a larger database, which it claims to update daily. I also find this program a bit easier to use. With a click of the mouse, you can check to see if software is spyware, or report your experiences with invasive free software. If you don't want to download the program, simply bookmark the Spychecker website, and enter your query there.

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    Has anyone heard of companies developing spyware and alike for Linux?? Just that with the OS becoming more popular on the desktop I would have though that is their next target. I haven't actually managed to find any spyware removal tools for Linux, has anybody else?

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    Thanks for all of your replies. Though i found the solution on how to delete XUPITER, i really like to thank, Spyrus, Maverick811, Tedob1, and Tampabay420 for your tips. Tampabay420, i how Tampa Bay Bucs win this weekend.

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    One last thing to ice this thread. Ad-Aware has a component called Ref-Update. This is just a simple binary that you download and install just like you would Ad-Aware. You can get this from the lavasoft site. The Ref-Update tool downloads new spyware signatures so that you can be sure that Ad-Aware is cleaning out the most recent list of internet annoyances.

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    Originally posted here by thehorse13
    One last thing to ice this thread. Ad-Aware has a component called Ref-Update. This is just a simple binary that you download and install just like you would Ad-Aware. You can get this from the lavasoft site. The Ref-Update tool downloads new spyware signatures so that you can be sure that Ad-Aware is cleaning out the most recent list of internet annoyances.

    Good luck with cleansing your box.

    Good point - although Lavasoft hasn't updated their latest reference file in a few months, the latest release of the reference file is 042-24.09.2002. And if I am remembering right, Xupiter can only be removed by Ad-Aware with this latest ref file.
    - Maverick

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    Originally posted here by UKnetSec
    Has anyone heard of companies developing spyware and alike for Linux?? Just that with the OS becoming more popular on the desktop I would have though that is their next target. I haven't actually managed to find any spyware removal tools for Linux, has anybody else?
    Im Assuming there are rouge crackers out there writing these kinds of things. But there is usually an anditote to every poison, why dont you try writing a spyware removal for linux, it migh be hard, but it would be pretty cool! :-) just a thought
    Im Chris Bartholomew - 18 Years old

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