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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Ken--

    Thanks for putting links to anti-spyware programs and pre-emptive boot 'em before they cause problems programs in one convenient place and emphasizing making sure to have the latest updated reference data bases.

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Pest Patrol is another removal tool to go with Ad-Aware & Spybot. I find that each will find something that the other overlooks. Pest Patrol has both a free & paid for version.

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Yes, thanks, Ken. I've seen several computers at our location so loaded with Adware that, privacy issues aside, had taken a <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">significant </span hi> performance hit (Pentium 4 as slow as a 486, for example!) I use AdAware on a regular basis, and it has worked to keep the parasites off.

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Ken

    This is one helpful post, but could you please check the links again, some of them did not work for me, Oct 8th 2003, ~2:00 AM GMT

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Wassim--

    Not sure why two links are broken but here is what was intended:

    HiJack This! Download and Quickstart

    All fora linked by Hijack This Site

    Browser Hijack Blaster in Addition

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Hi Ken thanks for the great information

    However can you provide a little bit more information for a novice.

    I have Adaware Plus, so is there any need for me to use the other programs such as Spybot. Also doesn't Spywareblaster and spywareguard do the same thing as Adaware and Adwatch or am I completely off track

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Hi All

    Please accept my apologies for not replying to your notes and requests.

    Phil......
    Thanks for adding your reference to Pest Patrol. There are many other programs available and I didn't intend to provide a comprehensive list so I just commented on those that I've found to be most popular and effective.

    Wassim......
    All the links except the one for HijackThis should have worked. The HijackThis link works now (I had a two "http://" strings).

    SMBP......
    Thanks for the additional links!

    Sonia.....
    1....Adaware Plus provides you with some enhancements not available in the free standard version. The standard version, however, does everything required to identify and get rid of adware on your computer......and it's free.
    2....Spybot S&D does what Adaware does, given the reference/database files available for each. My personal experience is that Spybot S&D is more thorough, however, Adaware will still, on occasion, find something that Spybot S&D has missed. There is so much malware being introduced daily that neither application is likely to catch them all, all the time.
    3....SpywareBlaster, SpywareGuard and StartupMonitor are effective, use minimal resources, and are polite with the other applications.

    Many sites and forums that deal with this subject will suggest that it is wise to use more than one such application....often Adaware and Spybot S&D are suggested. I have found that by adding the others that I have listed has given me near total protection from Adware and Spyware......and I spend many hours every week surfing the web for software downloads. All are easy to use and all are compatible. (Note that Adaware and Spybot S&D will report on each other if they are not set up properly.)

    Regardless of which programs you use, you must keep the reference/database files up to date.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Just to add...

    I am a huge fan of SpywareBlaster. NO, it does NOT do what AdAware and Spybot do. And it does not use minimal resoureces -- it uses NO resources whatsoever. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    SpywareBlaster simply prevents SOME Ad-ware or Spy-ware from being installed in the first place. The other two programs are mostly "recovery" programs once you are already infected -- the can remove items once they are on your computer, but they are not preventative (per se). I believe AdWatch is supposed to be a preventative program, but it works in a completely different way than Spyware Blaster.

    Every security site recommends a multiple layer defense, so use multiple programs. Another program that I love -- expecially for users who tend to click and open things randomly -- is ScriptSentry.

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Kenk

    Thanks very much for the information. I guess I'd better look into adding Spybot S&D to my collection

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Please see Post 307233.

    Tech TV compared Spybot, Adaware, Adaware Paid Version $27, and Norton Antivirus 2004 which now showcases a spyware feature.

    None of them detected any of 10 of the most common spyware/malware in real time, before they entered your system, but all of them detected 10/10 when run later. This makes it useless to pay the $27 for AdAware paid version, because that's what you're paying for, and points up the value of using pre-emptive spy guard applications if you want to catch the bad guys before they enter your system. See:

    Protect your privacy by stopping spyware before it infects your system. Tech TV The Screen Savers October 27

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Ken, I'm aware that this post is kind of older but I've been having problems with these %$#% pop ups and my homepage is constantly changed. So I found this and several other posts, great info, thanks. In your post you write that I need to update the reference/database files before running a scan. Could you please explain this to me, am a bit a nerd when it comes to these things, know about the Registry but wouldn't dear touch it. I would greatly appreciate your help. Thank you very much, Tira

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Hi Tira

    Sorry it's taken so long to reply. This thread doesn't get many replies so I don't checkup as often as I probably should. You can always email someone posting on the lounge by clicking on their underlined name to the left of each post.

    Anyway.....
    Most of the anti-spyware/adware/virus programs work by comparing information they find on your harddrive against information they have stored in a reference/database file on your harddrive. As new malware is found by the people supplying the reference/database data, it is provided to their program users for download in the form of 'Update' files. Most such free programs require you to manually click on their 'Update' button. Paid-for versions will often have an 'Automatic Update' option. Of course you have to be "on the net" for either to work. Since new malware and new versions of malware are introduced every day, it's important to update regularly. The frequency might depend on your web surfing habits, but at least once a week would be a good idea, even if you're only on the net once a week.

    The first time you run one of these programs it may not have the most recent reference/database on file due to a delay from when it was downloaded, or made available for download, and the time it was installed and run. That's why it's important to update even if it is a new instal.

    Please note, however, that my posts in this thread deal with adware and spyware, not "PopUps".

    There are lots of PopUp blocking software available for free download from the net.
    I suggest using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, or if you want to use IE, get the Google bar popup stopper.
    You can find out more about Firefox, previously named Firebird and also part of Mozilla, by doing a search in the "Other Browsers and Email Clients" forum.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Spyware Infection and Security Tests

    The following links, suggested by John Gray, provide some excellent information on how to ensure the security of your computer against spyware infection.

    They provide "a number of recommendations that will help tighten....your security settings" and "...a series of browser security tests to see whether you are vulnerable."

    Thanks for the suggestion John.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Spyware Infection and Security Tests

    Man these programs have helped me a bunch. Now I can finally keep some of that stupid stuff off my comp. Thanks for the info.

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    Re: Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack

    Way to go, Ken, with today's update to the original post. Glad you linked that here.

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