Stupid GloPhone

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My best friends kids downloaded glophone and now they cant get it off the
computer (XP). We have tried everything we know of to get it off and its
still there...
PLEASE HELP!
 
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Read through this procedure:
http://the-scream.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14212

It's basic spyware removal stuff, and if that doesn't work I'd go into the
Registry and remove all references to GloPhone. Just make sure you're
comfortable editing your Registry or have someone else do it.

In the registry check under
\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software|Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and
delete anything that launches GloPhone. Then check for any folders named
GloPhone (or whatever company makes it) and remove them. The software may
still reside on the machine but it almost always launches from that part
of the Registry and if it doesn't launch it is as good as gone.

Also check the Startup folder, but it's doubtful they'd make it that easy
to remove.

Then go to Program Files and delete (or at least rename) any GloPhone
folders -- again, to keep it from launching. Sometimes when you do this
you'll get errors at startup because the software is trying to launch but
can't find the folder -- write down the error message and that'll tell you
what to look for in the Registry (and remove).

GOOD LUCK!
 
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Also, since it is XP you ~might~ be able to use System Restore(?) or a
utility like GoBack but it's probably too late for that unless it was just
installed.

I don't mind Neopets having ads, annoying as they are, but this goes way
farther than that. They have some pretty clever programmers there,
obviously, so someone there knows this garbage is spyware and not only do
they sell GloPhone space they put a game on their site AND (if I remember
correctly) offer NPs if you download the GloPhone software! My daughter
played the game a few times and it seemed aimed at kids and so did the
whole GloPhone concept. A "family oriented" site shouldn't target spyware
like this at kids who aren't likely to be suspicious of downloading
Neopets-approved software. Ok, I'll jump off my soapbox now. Again, good
luck!
 

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snicklebeast [emailhidden@cantstandspam.com] said
> Also, since it is XP you ~might~ be able to use System Restore(?) or a
> utility like GoBack but it's probably too late for that unless it was just
> installed.
>
> I don't mind Neopets having ads, annoying as they are, but this goes way
> farther than that. They have some pretty clever programmers there,
> obviously, so someone there knows this garbage is spyware and not only do
> they sell GloPhone space they put a game on their site AND (if I remember
> correctly) offer NPs if you download the GloPhone software! My daughter
> played the game a few times and it seemed aimed at kids and so did the
> whole GloPhone concept. A "family oriented" site shouldn't target spyware
> like this at kids who aren't likely to be suspicious of downloading
> Neopets-approved software. Ok, I'll jump off my soapbox now. Again, good
> luck!

"Downloader beware"

I am not defending Neopets at all, but there is no such thing as
"neopets-approved software" and the status of Neopets site as "family
orientated" or otherwise does not mean that software they have for
download can or should be treated any differently to something you might
download from the most suspicious and untrustworthy site you can thing
of (or even from Microsoft).

These are our computers and it is our responsibly to vet what we
download on to them.
 
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Les wrote:
>I am not defending Neopets at all, but there is >no such thing as
>"neopets-approved software" and the status of

The Neopets-approved is implicit. They took on GloPhone as a sponsor and
actively promoted their product -- if that isn't implicit approval I don't
know what is. You and I and any other adult should know that this doesn't
guarantee the ethics of the sponsor but this is advertising aimed at kids
who aren't as cynical or as experienced with corporations who value a
dollar above anything else.

>Neopets site as "family
>orientated" or otherwise does not mean that >software they have for
>download can or should be treated any differently >to something you might

>download from the most suspicious and >untrustworthy site you can thing
>of (or even from Microsoft).

I completely disagree. Being called family-oriented, family-friendly, or
kid-friendly ~should~ mean that they are aware that kids are present,
aware that those kids aren't as capable of reasoned decisions as adults
and won't take advantage of that fact.

I work in I.T and we have a thing we call "Monday morning syndrome" which
is all the calls we get on Monday morning from people who let their kids
use their laptops over the weekend. My kids know not to download anything
off the Internet without asking first, but I can tell you from years of
experience that there are a lot of kids who don't have those restrictions.
And my experience with the parents of those kids is that most of them
don't take the necessary precautions, either. What sets this apart is that
Neopets offered NPs to anyone who downloaded the GloPhone software. That
goes beyond just offering the software, that is openly enticing kids to
download it.


>These are our computers and it is our responsibly >to vet what we
>download on to them.

Sure, we are ultimately responsible if we download GloPhone, but doesn't
Neopets share SOME of the responsibility? If you really believe that they
can promote anything and bear none of the responsibility for it, should
they also be able to advertise cigarettes or Jack Daniels? After all, it
is OUR responsibility to teach our kids to not smoke or drink, right? We
need to be responsible parents but that doesn't excuse them from being
irresponsible. They've got plenty of sponsors, they don't need to push
garbage like GloPhone at our kids.

I hope this isn't one of those boards where a newcomer is railed against
for daring to disagree with a board regular, but we'll see.
 
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In other words, you have no idea what your position should be, so you're
going to insult your opposition. Thank you, President Bush...
 
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LoL! A fellow shrub hater? :)


"Wanderer" <wanderer@ticnet.com> wrote in message
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> In other words, you have no idea what your position should be, so you're
> going to insult your opposition. Thank you, President Bush...
>
>
>
 
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"us 2" <nospam@sorry.net> wrote in message
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> LoL! A fellow shrub hater? :)
>

<chuckle> Got it in one.:> I voted for Kerry, but couldn't get the local
fundamentalists to actually read Kerry's positions instead of remembering
what Bush said about them.

Yours truly,

The head-shaking,

Wanderer
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"Where am I going? I don't quite know.
What does it matter *where* people go?
Down to the woods where the bluebells grow!
Anywhere! Anywhere! *I* don't know!"
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Wanderer [wanderer@ticnet.com] said
> In other words, you have no idea what your position should be, so you're
> going to insult your opposition. Thank you, President Bush...

Since when was the truth classed as being an insult?

But I can not help but note that you did not bother to put forward your
position but instead content yourself with prodding someone who has with
a pointy stick. But then I suppose that is your prerogative.

And as for Mr Bush, well you voted for him and for that the world thanks
you.....
 

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Wanderer [wanderer@ticnet.com] said

> > And as for Mr Bush, well you voted for him and for that the world thanks
> > you.....
> >
>
> "Never assume. It makes an "ass" out of "u" and "me"."-- Benny Hill


I was referring to you as the USA.
 
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"Les" <> wrote
>> > > And as for Mr Bush, well you voted for him and for that the world
thanks
> > > you.....
> I was referring to you as the USA.

Very slightly more than half of the USA - and many of those only because the
alternative seemed worse.
 

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A. M. Hawk Widner [amhwidner@insightbb.com] said
> "Les" <> wrote
> >> > > And as for Mr Bush, well you voted for him and for that the world
> thanks
> > > > you.....
> > I was referring to you as the USA.
>
> Very slightly more than half of the USA - and many of those only because the
> alternative seemed worse.

I suppose that is the trouble with a two party system - it rather limits
choice. Although as typing that I am wondering if the USA really is a
two party system because I only know what I see on the TV. Mind you,
you'd have thought that the presidential election was for president of
the world rather than just the USA the way the media treated the subject
here and we probably had just as much coverage as the USA did, but of
course, as is usual with the media, the detail was rather thin.

So are there any political representatives who are something other than
the two main parties? Or is it just the presidential elections where
there is such limited choice?

I know our system is generally quite a bit different, but here we tend
to have 10ish candidates and while are three main political parties
there are also loads of little ones. You can also stand as an
independent candidate.
 
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Les wrote:

>
> I suppose that is the trouble with a two party system - it rather
> limits choice. Although as typing that I am wondering if the USA
> really is a two party system because I only know what I see on the
> TV. Mind you, you'd have thought that the presidential election was
> for president of the world rather than just the USA the way the media
> treated the subject here and we probably had just as much coverage as
> the USA did, but of course, as is usual with the media, the detail
> was rather thin.
>
> So are there any political representatives who are something other
> than the two main parties? Or is it just the presidential elections
> where there is such limited choice?
>

The US isn't really a two-party system. There are in actuality 31
registered political parties, but rarely do more than five or six of
them have candidates in a particular election.

In it's time a total of six parties, four of which no longer exist,
have controlled the federal government, but at no time have the people
paid much attention to any but the two most powerful at the time, with
one or two rare exceptions (ex., the Progressive Party, which never had
much political power, had enough social clout to change the two main
parties' agendas for a few decades).