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    Basics on Spyware

    For people new to security, this is a good read to help you understand the basics of spyware...

    It's worth looking at even if you are aware of spyware as it lists registry keys and other info...

    http://www.simplythebest.net/info/spyware.html

    Skyman, you definitely need to read this...
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    Thank's for info

    Am doing my research now.Did'nt know spyware was such a big problem!!!!!!.The site's you sent are a great help!Thank's!!

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    Good start Ken

    Spyware comes in many forms, from the adds in freeware to dll file replacements. It's good to know what's up with the different types and what they can do to your system.

    Here's another link for some good reading.

    http://www.spywareinfo.com/hijacked.html

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    Wow, I never knew they had malicious spyware that would disable you from editing your registry.

    The anti-virus companies need to start cracking down on spyware, a lot more!

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    Thanks for the links!

    Good information, guys.

    FWIW, my one machine that the kids were using Kazaa on was REALLY grinding to a crawl. I ran Ad-Aware on it, and I was shocked at all the spyware nonsense that it found (and cleaned) there. It's running like a champ now.

    I think it's time to start being proactive about it, though.

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    Originally posted by fanta
    Wow, I never knew they had malicious spyware that would disable you from editing your registry.

    The anti-virus companies need to start cracking down on spyware, a lot more!
    I agree ... spyware is almost just as important as a virus, or trojan!

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    Post dunno if this site is new, but....

    here it is:
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/



    den2

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    I found helpful this link http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ to seek and eradicate spyware from my machine
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    Check out neworder.box.sk
    They have alot of info on security and other subjects of intrest.

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    thanks guy great info just what i have been looking for thanks again

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    SpyBot Search and Destroy works well too......Easy to use...

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    Hello Everyone!

    Spyware and adware are ever growing problems on the Internet. Learn all you can about it. It's up to you.

    For my part, to combat them I use Spybot Search an Destroy, Adaware 6, SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard.

    SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard are on duty all the time, but I still do weekly scans with Spybot and Adaware. I find that they complement each other nicely.

    BTW, all of these programs are freeware. Adaware has a payware version though. The others don't.

    SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard Link

    You can get Spybot S&D here: http://security.kolla.de/

    There's a link to Lavasoft in one of the above posts where you can find Adaware.


    Best of luck to all of you from Larry

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    do any of the spyware program allow scheduling of weekly scans? i use adaware, but it does not seem to have this feature.

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    It's been awhile since I was here last.

    Adaware Free is only an on-demand-scanner, meaning you have to open it and run a full system scan. However, it's simple to setup and quick.

    SpywareBlaster uses the same technique as SpyBlocker. It sets the kill-bit for ActiveX controls. It is freeware and updated regularly too.

    SpywareGuard is a RTM, a Real-Time-Monitor that runs in the background helping to keep your system safe while you surf. It works much the same as an AV RTM but is of course for spyware detection.

    These programs are part of my regular stable. I don't leave home without them!

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    Nowadays Spyware and Adware is a lot more menacing than virii/trojans.
    Make sure your O/S is uptodate with all security updates from MS....Use the programs mentioned above and watch what you download.
    Switching to Mozilla is a very good option....its faster and better than IE and is a lot less prone to being hijacked.

    Im one of the security experts over at ComputerCops and TSG forums.
    Just signed up here,ive used this sites tweeking tips for years and always found the place knowledgable.....thought i would join up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by $teve
    Nowadays Spyware and Adware is a lot more menacing than virii/trojans.
    Make sure your O/S is uptodate with all security updates from MS....Use the programs mentioned above and watch what you download.
    Switching to Mozilla is a very good option....its faster and better than IE and is a lot less prone to being hijacked.

    Im one of the security experts over at ComputerCops and TSG forums.
    Just signed up here,ive used this sites tweeking tips for years and always found the place knowledgable.....thought i would join up.

    Welcome aboard

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    Folks, howdy haven't been here awhile. I discovered a site that some of you may know and if you do, you will agree that one neeeds to allocate three hours for it. It has info and many, yeah many freeware and commecial security programs.

    https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/main-nf.htm

    sorry about the edit, but you might try K-Meleon as your second browser. I use Mozilla Firefox as my default, K-Meleon, my second, and IE I keep because with SP2 it is more secure now and I need it for Windows Update.. K-Meleon is lightning fast. I use it for adventure surfing. Also I suggest Prevx Home, a free generic intrusion detecter.
    http://netsecurity.about.com/gi/dyna.../prevxhome.htm
    Last edited by SaintAint; 10-04-04 at 10:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    For people new to security, this is a good read to help you understand the basics of spyware...

    It's worth looking at even if you are aware of spyware as it lists registry keys and other info...

    http://www.simplythebest.net/info/spyware.html

    Skyman, you definitely need to read this...
    Ken
    Thanks for the hookup. I'm not that literate when it comes to these kind of things but I'm learning. This will help alot.
    http://members.speedguide.net/daddylongleg/speedguidesig.jpg

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