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Old 11-15-2004, 09:40 AM
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Computer Question---dialers

When I ran Spybot this a.m., I saw some files titled " dialer" or some variation. What are they? Can I safely remove them? My computer is not configured to ever dial out in its own, nor do I want it to ever dial up on its own.
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:45 AM
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When I ran Spybot this a.m., I saw some files titled " dialer" or some variation. What are they? Can I safely remove them? My computer is not configured to ever dial out in its own, nor do I want it to ever dial up on its own.
Living in the 1980's......
Yes, dialer is pimpware -- remove it.
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Old 11-15-2004, 10:53 AM
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If you don't have some sort of Virus software to detect and remove these, the quickest way is identify such is to "google" the name of the file you think is suspect. Legitimate applications show up at the top with a description even before you click on the link. Spyware (or "pimpware" as GermanStar pointed out) won't appear on the results...
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Old 11-15-2004, 02:10 PM
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Not only that, if you google the filename, you'll get hits on threads where the anti-virus guys are talking about the file - a lot of times you can scarf removal instructions or dowload removal utilities from the links.
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