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    Spybot vs. AdAware

    Thanks to my 14-year-old son's browsing, the home page on my office computer was hijacked. In my efforts to regain control, it was interesting to see that Spybot identified the culprit, but AdAware didn't (both had the most recent downloads). Spybot didn't clear up the problem entirely (I had to follow part of the process detailed at http://www.spywareinfo.com/articles/hijacked/, also posted elsewhere in the Forum), but it did go a long way in clearing up the problem.

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    If your office computer runs your business, maybe you ought to keep children away from it <font color=red>under pain of death</font color=red>?
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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    I regularly run both Spybot S&D and AdAware and have found that they complement each other. That is, one will catch something that the other misses.....I wouldn't say that one necessarily catches more than the other.
    I highly recommend both be used.

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    10-4 to that Ken!

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    I run both as well, but I'm becoming less satisfied with AdAware. It considers Spybot spyware, which it is, of course, but slogging through all those files becomes tedious. Or is there a setting in AdAware that I'm missing? I'm also not impressed by its missing an HBO that's not a new one.

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    Hi DenGar

    Here is a message I get when I start Spybot S&D (I know, I can suppress the message, but I leave it there as a reminder). The 'bold' is my doing....

    You have AdAware installed.
    If you have the AdAware option to scan inside archives enabled, AdAware may find files in the Spybot-S&D folder. Spybot-S&D does not contain any spyware, but it creates backups of everything you fix (until you remove those backups from the Recovery list), and AdAware complains about these backups. You can safely ignore these backups found by AdAware.

    In Ad-Aware 6, click on the 'gear' icon (settings) at the top of the main window....click on the "Scanning" button on the left panel....select , or deselect, the option as you want.

    Alternatively, you can "remove those backups from the Recovery list" as noted in the message quoted above....then Ad-Aware simply won't have anything to find there.

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    Ken,

    Thanks. Once again I've been too quick to ignore the obvious "fine print."

    Dennis

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    I agree, but tell a kid that he can't use the computer while he's waiting for me to come out of a two-hour meeting. Not likely. Also, I have some security in that my files are backed up daily on an intranet server.

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    Hi Ken:
    Have you set Ad-Aware not to scan archives? I've thought about it, but would hate to miss some spyware because I wasn't scanning thoroughly enough. Perhaps I'm being too paranoid. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    Hi Phil

    Yep, my Ad-Aware is set to not scan archives......I'll rely on Spybot S&D for that.

    I'm not overly worried about spyware....moreso just don't like being taken advantage of. (Yah, I know, don't end a sentence with a preposition....but it wasn't a very good sentence to begin with!!)

    I try to stay away from certain websites, Yahoo in particular, that seem to cause me unwanted attention. (I've found lately that more sites seem to be using Yahoo to host their "Membership/support" forums...fastest way to lose me, for one, as a customer.....but that's another story!)

    I'm rambling....must be nap time.... <img src=/S/yawn.gif border=0 alt=yawn width=15 height=15>

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    I'm with you Ken... anything with Yahoo attached to it I turn the other way and run <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25> The Yahoo population are the number one spammers as far as I'm concerned. It's ridiculous. Even going to their website is out of the question. (Hotmail is a close second but unfortunately I DO have friends that still use it.)
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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    Your post brings up an interesting question - do the major portals/webmail sites like Yahoo and Hotmail actively support 3rd-party (or even their own variety) spyware/adware/malware that we would be using Spybot, AdAware, or other such program to remove from our system? I know the cookies they try to place are always going to be found and eradicated, but what else do they do that is questionable or downright unscrupulous?

    My 401k plan is now 'partnered' with Yahoo. If I had a Yahoo account I could receive my financial updates directly through Yahoo's email - an option that is not supported for non-Yahoo customers. Our local DSL provider, SBC Ameritech is co-branded with Yahoo; if you want DSL you also get Yahoo, no exceptions, which to me is reason enough to stay with a dial-up.

    I don't want to be 'aggregated'; I don't even want them to know I exist! I hate the fact that Yahoo and others like them are being crammed down our virtual throats. But just how 'active' a threat are these people?

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    Hi David

    My most recent episode with Yahoo occurred about 4 weeks ago as I was perusing their "Agreement" for members. I had spent probably 20 - 30 minutes checking out their unreasonable and one-sided agreement (anyone interested should check it out for themselves...but read on first) and, within 5 minutes of leaving their site, started receiving offers, with Yahoo links, from porn sites. I am careful of the sites that I visit, and regularly run Spybot S&D and AdAware so I am certain the connection was made through Yahoo. After running SS&D and AA the unwanted offers ceased appearing.

    The developers of two of my favorite programs, Kyodai Mahjongg and World Time, unfortunately use Yahoo for their "support" sites....bah..phooey!!!!!.

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    Thanks, Ken. I think I'll set mine the same way.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Spybot vs. AdAware

    Referring to your original problem, you could try Browser Hijack Blaster, from here:
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/bhblaster.html (Prevents malware BHO's)

    Alan

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