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Adware and Spyware

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by dave_clark69, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    I seem to have aquired a whole load of spyware and adware from somewhere. Any way. i was wondering, what is the best spyware remover. i have bought Ad Aware and have spybot S&D 1.3 Please help me, it's really annoying me now! :mad:
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Those are the two best I know of!
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    yup, the 2 I run on everything
  4. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    i have those two, as well.

    Get a good Firewall program;
    also, turn on Adwatch monitoring on Adaware.

    Also, watch out which sites you visit... though thsi got a bit spread lately: my sister played some internet games, and she unsuspiciously turned off ZoneAlarm, Adaware and stuff, because there were their popup windows almost every second. She didnt notice those were serious threat-warnings...
    Next day, the pc had a couple of issues. When I ran Adaware, there were over 125 objects :eek:
  5. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Did you have to buy those two? I downloaded both of them from Cnet for free.
  6. Those are the two I use as well. You may also want to try AVG's Free Edition anti-virus program if you don't already have something.
  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    +1 for adaware
    I'll check out spybot
  8. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    You might want to run it no matter what you already have. I used to run it side by side with norton.
  9. the becca says "those 2 are good, but download free stuff off of the website things for extra protection"
  10. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Go here: http://www.tomcoyote.com/

    Look for HJT or Hijack This. Follow instructions, there are forums here to help the everyday user with the associated problems with spyware, etc. Good stuff.
  11. UnsungZeros

    UnsungZeros The only winning move is not to play.

    How to avoid such a mess:

    1. Always run a good anti-virus program.
    2. Awlays run a good firewall.
    3. Run a anti-spyware program (adaware and/or spybot s&d) at least once a week.
    4. Avoid Internet Explorer at all costs. Use Mozilla or Mozilla Firefox instead.
    5. Avoid Outlook/Outlook Express at all costs. Use the Mail client in Mozilla or use Mozilla Thunderbird.
    6. Don't use Microsoft Windows. I know this probably isn't practical for most people, but if you can't the above should keep you pretty covered.
  12. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Well, all those rules are fine, but reality can be a tough cookie (cough). If someone really wants to penetrate your system, they can. Regardless of which operating system you're using. But that's a hack attack, and we're talking about something different. The most important thing when you're surfing the Internet is to use common sense, and refrain from doing anything dumb. A reasonable level of protection is a good thing, and lapses in judgement are a bad thing. Think in terms of "security best practices", which mostly are just good common sense. Your firewall is your best friend, so don't turn it off. Run the virus scanners regularly, and run the lint checkers every once in a while. Visit CERT or some other security sites (the NSA has a really good one) and do exactly what they tell you to do. If you're running Windows, this probably will involve making some changes in your registry settings, along with enhancing your application security (like your IE options). And remember that Windows is full of security holes, so download the "hfnetchk.exe" program from the Microsoft security site and run it daily. Microsoft does eventually patch most of the holes, but it generally takes them a long time (most would say "too" long), and in the meantime your system is vulnerable. One of the high priority concepts in this space is "don't visit questionable web sites". If you're downloading music from Kazaa, for example, you're just begging for trouble. Acting on spam e-mails about underage porn or where to get Vicodin without a prescription is a surefire recipe for disaster. All this is common sense, right?
  13. I've noticed that everytime we have one of these "spyware" threads, everyone always seems to say to avoid Internet Exploder/Outlook at all costs. IME I always get MORE spyware during the time I use Firefox, as I use both it and IE. So normally, I use Internet Exploder. I still get spyware, but not as much.
  14. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA

    Those guys know their stuff.