Solved How do I remove or disable barracuda web filter from my pc

October 16, 2015 at 15:28:10
Specs: Windows 7 pro, Intel Core i5-2400s/8gb
How do I remove or disable barracuda web filter from my pc. Running windows 7 pro and I cannot find any traces of it on my pc. Also looking in my email inbox no luck. The filter is blocking internet access for all my applications and slowing my internet web page browsing. I use Google chrome. I do think it is spyware related

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October 17, 2015 at 11:24:36
OK thanks - that all looks very definite.

Don't think I can hep much further because barracuda is used to block specified access to corporate computers, business, schools and the like. I'm not saying you are in that position but I have no way to tell and we are not allowed to get involved with hacking on here.

Of-course, nobody can stop people using Google...

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Seems odd that javascript is disabled in browsers. That will stop no end of things working. Java is a totally different thing and disabling that is no half so bad. Just wondered if there was some confusion.

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October 16, 2015 at 16:13:48
Does it show in Control Panel > Programs and Features? Apparently It appears as "Web Security Agent". If so uninstall it there.

Otherwise you could try this on it:
http://www.iobit.com/en/advanceduni...

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Bear in mind that if you have malware on you computer then the combination of that and barracuda is quite likely to slow things down. In my opinion the best first step would be to run these three freebies, otherwise you might be throwing away the protection and keeping the malware.

AdwCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
Download the free version.
Install and Run the program but before doing its Scan go to "Settings > Detection and Protection" and put a checkmark in "Scan for rootkits". Quarantine anything it finds.

If they find anything let us know if there is any improvement and copy/paste the associated logs on here for inspection.

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October 16, 2015 at 16:52:25
Thanks for your help but I still could not find web security agent or barracuda web filter anywhere using IO Bit Uninstaller and it's not in control panel add remove features. I will try running the 2 other programs you linked as have already run a malwayebytes and Super anti spyware scan and Super anti spyware removed several threats to my PC. Also ran a kaspersky virus boot up scan and removed a few threats too. Please advise further or Any one else feel free to respond to this Issue

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October 16, 2015 at 17:06:15
I'm trying to understand this a little more. How did it get onto your computer?

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#4
October 16, 2015 at 17:47:40
I don't actually know how it got on my computer I do however think it was a rogue download or more likely bad webpage

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October 17, 2015 at 07:14:37
Everything I read seems to say it is a legit program, although whether it is necessary is a matter of opinion. Of course it is always possible that you have picked up something not so good masquerading as barracuda.

ADW & JRT are focussed on browser malware but I assume they found nothing.

When you hit trouble does the name Barracuda pop up on the screen or something? Have you a third party firewall by any chance?

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October 17, 2015 at 08:35:56
Yeah ADW And JRT Did not solve the problem. Barracuda web filter pops up on the Battle.net program at the bottom of the app and on the maintenance section at the top of the Battle.net app. I'm using Microsoft Security essentials for security and Malwarebytes and recently Superanti spyware. Only using Windows firewall as far as I'm aware but It may be a 3rd party firewall blocking my internet connection.

I don't really want to fork out £95 for a PC Repair at the IT Shop next week lol, Please continue to advise and I appreicate all your assistance thus far


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#7
October 17, 2015 at 08:44:25
Well, if the word Barracuda pops up then clearly it is there and causing you grief. It's odd that you can find no trace of it. Does anything show if you type barracuda in Search? Presumably there is no chance of any related hardware being present or something going on at your server.

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October 17, 2015 at 09:29:58
Already tried searching for the word barracuda nothing showed up. Although if you tell me how i can link you some screenshots of the message in the app? I'll also search for web security agent in search in my computer

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October 17, 2015 at 09:39:24
You can put them on here (no account needed):
http://www.zippyshare.com/
You just copy the URL they give you and paste it on here.

Having said that I'm scraping the barrel a bit for ideas now.

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October 17, 2015 at 09:41:15
Nothing came up in web security agent search or barracuda web filter search

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October 17, 2015 at 11:24:36
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OK thanks - that all looks very definite.

Don't think I can hep much further because barracuda is used to block specified access to corporate computers, business, schools and the like. I'm not saying you are in that position but I have no way to tell and we are not allowed to get involved with hacking on here.

Of-course, nobody can stop people using Google...

EDIT:
Seems odd that javascript is disabled in browsers. That will stop no end of things working. Java is a totally different thing and disabling that is no half so bad. Just wondered if there was some confusion.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 30, 2015 at 17:50:46
From what I can tell, from both Google and experience, Barracuda Web Filter is actually run network-side and has nothing to do with your local machine. Most educational and enterprise networks utilize the web filter (which is actually another physical machine that web traffic runs through, much like enterprise-scale firewalls) to block sites that deliver unwanted content like adult sites, entertainment, and gaming sources that would otherwise impact productivity or pose a security risk.

Whatever network you are connected to, whether it be a business network, a school network or otherwise, is using this webfilter, and there is no easy way to bypass it. Some people have had luck using proxies or even remoting into another machine outside the network, but these both increase latency and greatly reduce speed. The web filter is there for a REASON and you shouldn't be trying to bypass it. Assuming you're on a mobile device or a laptop, find another wireless network to use, or if you're on a desktop, find a contact for whoever manages the network and ask for an exception if it's truly necessary to eliminate the filter.

edit: sorry for the long rant, but the number of middle- and high-schoolers I've encountered trying to bypass a legitimate block at school so they can slack off is too high to count.
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