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Testimonials

Dear Jean,

Thank you for your follow-up. I did indeed use the Submit State feature last night and this morning, your team sent me instructions to run an 'update' and then re-run Exterminate It! on the PC. I just finished that process and the new update wiped it out. I ran my regular anti-spy/anti-virus to double-check and it wasn't able to detect it either. I appreciate the support from both you and your team.

Linda D.

PC.Agent

How to Remove PC.Agent from Your Computer

You can effectively remove PC.Agent from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with PC.Agent in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.

Spyware

Spyware is designed to gather data from a computer and transfer it to a third party without the consent or knowledge of the computer’s owner. This includes collecting confidential information (passwords, credit card numbers, PIN numbers, etc.), monitoring key strokes, gathering e-mail addresses, or tracking surfing habits. Such resource-consuming activities slow down the system and generally impact the computer’s performance.

“Spyware” is an umbrella term for a diverse group of malware-related programs, rather than a clear-cut category. Most spyware definitions apply not only to adware, pornware and ‘riskware’ programs, but to many trojans as well.

Be Aware of the Following Spyware Threats:

Keyer, QuickLinks, Keylog.AGM, KeyLog.RedBlood, Tm.Logger.

How Did My PC Get Infected with PC.Agent?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with PC.Agent:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like PC.Agent. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like PC.Agent.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including PC.Agent, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting PC.Agent^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with PC.Agent:

PC is working very slowly

PC.Agent can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with PC.Agent.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

PC.Agent can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. PC.Agent may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

PC.Agent may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

PC.Agent may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.