Spyware Removal Instructions Thread

By Po`Girl ยท 64 replies
Nov 28, 2007
  1. For those of you looking for the "Viruses/Spyware/Malware preliminary removal instructions" thread.

    It`s been moved,temporarily,to google`s cache HERE :grinthumb

    Hopefully it will return to Techspot at some point.
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    i don't suppose you know why it went away?

    something seems to be up with howard's account and i'm wondering if that has something to do with it

    it doesn't have an avatar, last activity and the system specs are gone :confused:
  3. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    Maybe he`s banned himself ?
  4. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    that would be pretty annoying haha, mods have too many buttons ;)

    although it still says TS Special Forces so it should have changed to Far, far away from being a member (banned) shouldn't it?

    i'm hoping somebody in the know will turn up and enlighten us ;)
  5. M0ntG0M3rY

    M0ntG0M3rY TS Rookie Posts: 48

    so what happened, anyone knows?
  6. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    It could be test to see how members behave without mods.

    You know,like that novel "Lord of the Flies".
  7. M0ntG0M3rY

    M0ntG0M3rY TS Rookie Posts: 48

    no, it's not a test. You know why?

    Today, I created a thread here, exactly the same as this one - I gave a link to Google cache with these instructions. The thread was deleted in 15-30 min.
  8. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    Then it must be a hacker or spyware writer taking revenge ! Dun..dun...dunnn

    OMG they`re in the room with us !
  9. M0ntG0M3rY

    M0ntG0M3rY TS Rookie Posts: 48

    see if this thread survives the morning :)
  10. plasma dragon00

    plasma dragon00 TS Rookie Posts: 172

    i think it very well could be... i thought howards account looked different, not showing his location, avatar, and wasnt the first letter and the one after the underscore capitalized, or was it just me?

    that would be HORRIBLE if there was someone hacking this forum... the mods (specifically howard) have helped me 2 times already and was very patient. i would hate to see this be vandalized :(

    well, good luck trying to figure out what's happening


    o and btw if any1 here reads this and know someone anywhere else whos name is plasma dragon007, thats me. i forgot to put the 7 lol.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Are you sure you created a thread? I looked at all your recent posts (actually back to September) and didn't see any deleted threads (mods can see deleted threads). So IF you did create one, a mod must have permanately deleted, and we don't do that often.. You DID post in this thread, is that what you are talking about? It obviously isn't deleted.

    As for Howard's absence, as far as I know, only Howard knows what or why.
  12. M0ntG0M3rY

    M0ntG0M3rY TS Rookie Posts: 48

    I am ABSOLUTELY sure, that I created a NEW thread today, maybe about 8 hours ago or so, and gave a link in it.

    I have also posted in the thread you posted a link to, but it was recently.
  13. plasma dragon00

    plasma dragon00 TS Rookie Posts: 172

    ok, as for an absence, i would think a vacation, computer broke and doesnt have access to one (but these days, the odds of that are slim), or just isnt on. but how exactly would you explain the removal of his avatar? unless it was on a site such as photobucket, and somehow it got deleted from THEIR site, im not sure how else it would get removed. from my experience in message boards, most people dont just disappear without any explanation and remove their avatars while their at it.

    just my 2 cents worth,


    edit: nevermind, i see that it does show his location. but his avatar is still missing... as is howard himself...
  14. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    btw, message for newcomers is gone as well, the google cache is here
  15. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,676   +991

    Thanks for the PM Dave, I will look into this, very strange.
  16. plasma dragon00

    plasma dragon00 TS Rookie Posts: 172

    wtf this is crazy... i just looked at that message for newcomers in googles cache... and the google header at the top, did anyone notice its written in 1337??? i assume most of you know what that is, but for those who dont, its a somewhat popular (and annoying) way for gamers to talk in games, replacing letters with numbers that look similar... heres what the thing says.

    ok, maybe not exactly 1337 speak, but its similar... and a lot creepier...

    if any1 wants to i can post a screenshot to show im not spoofing it... i dont even have enough time to try to spoof that. well, ill take a screenie and keep it as proof if anyone wants. weird thing is, i dont think the spyware/malware (whataver it was called) preliminary removal instructions were headed like that. let me see, ill edit it in.

    edit: no, the original link thats being discussed is still good... i think this one may have been hacked. i think you guys at TS may have something big on your hands right about now... :(

    well, i hope for the best of figuring out whats goin down.

  17. M0ntG0M3rY

    M0ntG0M3rY TS Rookie Posts: 48

    It's just a Google's feature, if it scares you, just use this version: A message for all newcomers.

  18. plasma dragon00

    plasma dragon00 TS Rookie Posts: 172

    oh... well then im sorry, but thats a pretty stupid feature O_o. lol.
  19. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    oh yeah i forgot about that ;) i have it set to "Hacker" language that just for the fun of it and didn't think to get a proper english one for the link ;)

    no problem, Julio, i thought that the man in charge ought to know that something crazy is going on in the wonderful world of TechSpot
  20. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    Well something very strange is happening. Have you got Howards email? You could try emailing him and ask him the problems he's having on his side and when it happened ect...

    Regards Jason :)
  21. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    hopefully someone will have howard's email, it would be on store somewhere at least but i expect Julio wouldn't be allowed to give it us because of Data Protection
  22. plasma dragon00

    plasma dragon00 TS Rookie Posts: 172

    rofl lol. i had no idea there was a "hacker language" setting
  23. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    yeah, if you go on Preferences and Language there should be one called Hacker, but you only get links to normal search, images and groups as opposed to maps and all the google search type things
  24. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Ok, for an 'official update'.

    It appears Howard left intentionally, although he let none of the mods or staff know. He decided to wipe out several (or all?) of the threads he had created when he left. This has obviously created some confusion and rumors of TS being 'hacked', nobody has hacked TS, and there is no reason to believe anything else happened other than Howard left and took some threads with him. As for the reasons he left, none of the mods or staff have heard from him so we don't know.

    While this is unfortunate and completely unexpected, TS will survive. Off the top of my head I can think of 4 very influential and important members to this site that have left in various fashion for their own reasons since I've been a mod, and the forums survived that. They will survive this too, and in recent months a few of you guys have been stepping up into roles previously only done by Howard. The forums aren't a 1 man show, it takes a community effort to keep things working smoothly and I'm confident we can keep that up.
  25. M0ntG0M3rY

    M0ntG0M3rY TS Rookie Posts: 48

    well, this is what I was initially thinking.

    Thanks Howard for all your hard work here.
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