Ad aware and suspicious DLL file

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Matt Woods, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Matt Woods

    Matt Woods Guest

    Hello,

    I have recently upgraded my Ad-aware spyware detector to their
    anniversary edition and it has flagged a DLL file as suspicious- the file is


    C\WINDOWS\SMNST\WNASPNTDLL

    I have read that the new version of Ad-aware flags some of windows critical
    files ie false alarms -I would be grateful to know whether this DLL file is
    a windows critical file or something more sinister- the software prompts me
    to ignore once by the way.


    Thanks in anticipation

    Matt Woods
     
    Matt Woods, Feb 9, 2009
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  2. Matt Woods

    Malke Guest

    Did you make a typo with that name? The correct name should have a period
    before the "dll" as in WNASPNT.DLL. The latter produces a link showing that
    the .dll belongs to a Desernet Broadband Media driver. Do you have this
    hardware?

    You might want to scan with an alternate antimalware program such as the
    free version of Malwarebytes Antimalware (MBAM). Get it at
    www.malwarebytes.org.

    Otherwise, post your question in the Ad-aware user forums.

    http://www.lavasoftsupport.com/

    Malke
     
    Malke, Feb 9, 2009
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  3. Matt Woods

    Matt Woods Guest

    Ok thanks for this- no I did not make a typo it is all one word and to the
    best of my knowledge my pc does not have desernet media driver- SO I gather
    from what you are saying this should be deleted ??
    Thanks

    Matt
     
    Matt Woods, Feb 9, 2009
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  4. Matt Woods

    Malke Guest

    No, you couldn't possibly gather that from what I wrote. All you could
    gather was that I suggested you a) try scanning with a different
    antimalware program; and b) post questions about whether this is a
    false-positive in the Lavasoft forums.

    Malke
     
    Malke, Feb 9, 2009
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  5. Matt Woods

    Matt Woods Guest

    Ok point taken-thanks Malke

    Matt
     
    Matt Woods, Feb 9, 2009
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    Sam Hobbs Guest

    That is a little confusing. My interpretation of what you said is that
    Ad-Aware found so much stuff that you did not want that you stopped using
    Ad-Aware.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Feb 10, 2009
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  7. Yes, I believe he meant crud.

     
    FromTheRafters, Feb 11, 2009
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  8. Matt Woods

    Dave T. Guest


    Cody, I agree with you completly. I live by absolutely NO principles.
    Why should I care if my cyber-wanderings are recorded and reported
    to...someone? I don't care who knows. I don't care who is sold this
    information. I don't care what that someone does with the info. Damn, I
    feel like a drone.

    --
    Dave T.


    You can't imagine the extra work I had when I was a god. - Hirohito,
    Emporer of Japan
     
    Dave T., Feb 12, 2009
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  9. Matt Woods

    Dave T. Guest


    I know what you mean. I was just being the devil's advocate and not too
    well I'm afraid.

    I guess the only point I was trying to make is that in the opinion of
    many, privacy is an issue that in the future could become more important
    than just the handling of cookies. Our President has demanded that all
    medical records be placed on line, and he cites numerous good reasons
    for wanting that. Makes me wonder. If you don't mind (and I know you
    don't), I think I will opt to attempt to achieve total privacy up to and
    including the stuff that's not worth worrying about.

    --
    Dave T.


    You can't imagine the extra work I had when I was a god. - Hirohito,
    Emporer of Japan
     
    Dave T., Feb 12, 2009
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  10. Matt Woods

    Sam Hobbs Guest


    When I began using Ad-Aware, my computer had very limited resources; both
    limited memory and processor. After using Ad-Aware the first time, I got a
    very noticeable performance improvement, with emphasis on very. Later, when
    I was having difficulty with a particular web site, I ran Ad-Aware and then
    I was able to use the web site. Before using Ad-Aware, my session timed out
    after about 30 minutes; after Ad-Aware, it took a couple of minutes at most
    to get what I needed. If my Outlook Express took too much time to respond
    for writing messages, I would run Ad-Aware and the delay would go away.

    I understand your logic that cookies are just text. I am not sure what is
    happening, but my guess is that the logic is in the web pages and that
    processes the data in the cookies. That uses resources. I understand that it
    does not make sense that such a thing could affect (infect) OE, but Ad-Aware
    can remove problems that can affect OE, and most everything Ad-Aware has
    removed in my system is cookies.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Feb 12, 2009
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  11. Matt Woods

    Sam Hobbs Guest

    There are at least two reasons it matters.

    One reason is that the information is valuable and people should expect to
    share the benefits. Many (most) grocery stores now issue "membership"
    benefits that can result in significant savings. The advantage for the
    businesses is that they get to track us and keep track of what we purchase.
    We often don't get benefits such as this from our online purchases.

    Another thing is that spammers have more accurate information about us so
    they can be more accurate in whatever your vulnerabilities are.

    I don't know the extent of the potential use of information gathered without
    our knowledge for evaluating us in terms of credit and such, but as far as I
    know there is no law preventing that.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Feb 12, 2009
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  12. Matt Woods

    Sam Hobbs Guest


    Note that I wasn't criticizing you but you are being critical of me by
    saying "simpler for you".

    Probably you will feel a need to respond with another criticism, and I will
    probably let you have the last "word".
     
    Sam Hobbs, Feb 12, 2009
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  13. Matt Woods

    ze7en Guest

    If anyone has the time to give Lavasoft a hand, the rest of the world will
    benefit. Whether or not you use Ad-Aware, many do who can't learn something
    new, and if they all start getting infected, it will spread to you, your
    fight will be more work... Read on.


    AA AE is actually finding a lot false positives in every OS. A couple weeks
    ago things started going bad with Lavasft for some reason.

    A while back you may remember they added a small grey popup to get people to
    by the upgrade to plus or pro.

    That wasn't even the first sign of problems, roughly 2 years ago they got
    some heat with the law.

    Don't get me wrong, I do know the full history of Ad-Aware as a product
    originaly started by Steve Gibson called OPT-OUT.

    As with all programs INCLUDING OS's, as they grow bigger, they grow
    DEFECTIVE, and there is no way around it.

    This new AE version is a pretty good IDEA and only that, what they have done
    might eventually work well on a smack-n-toss, with the directions of Windows,
    Vista and Ze7en, it's going to be very hard for them to work out the bugs.

    Especially since it seems they haven't been able to keep their web site
    stable for the last few weeks.

    I have found aa 2008 is working fine except for the dam nag screen, and the
    popups... sort of ironic, isn't it.... Anti-Spyware with NAG screens and
    POP-UPS....

    Anyone hear any recent news on their court proceedings? How much trouble
    their in?

    I hope they pull through, too many people out there that don't know enough
    about computers to stay safe, and the more of them, the worse it is for the
    rest of us...

    Use file.net and bleepingcomputer.com and auditmypc.com to look up files and
    see what they are. You will get a lot of good ideas as to what should be
    done. BUT.... Even they run GOOGLE ads, be careful not to click on them,
    google promotes maleware ads, they don't care who they sell space to.

    DO NOT TRUST Windows Defender, I haven't seen it find one thing yet. I'm too
    busy to work on that one....

    Enjoy...............................................................................

    Coal, a high carbon type called "Anthracite", is a word that comes from a
    Greek word we know as "Anthrax"......
     
    ze7en, Feb 26, 2009
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  14. Matt Woods

    Sam Hobbs Guest

    As you say, Ad-Aware is not free anymore; we must pay for it either directly
    or indirectly. So Lavasoft doesn't need any special support.

    Ad-Aware is not an anti-virus program or anything such as that; it does not
    eliminate any software that propagates itself.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Feb 28, 2009
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