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    Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    Hi,

    I am about to install some anti-adware/spyware programs on my pc and would like some advice as to how often l should run it.
    If l try to run all the programs on boot up it takes a while.

    Is it maybe best to run all software once a week or more frequent.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Justin.

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    In the first place, some applications don't need to be run manually. SpywareBlaster, for example, does its work automatically (but you still need to start it once in a while to check for updates, if you don't subscribe to the paid automatic updates.)

    Otherwise it depends on your surfing habits. If you visit "risky" sites frequently, you'd need to run the various anti-adware/spyware programs frequently too.

    I tend to run Spybot Search and Destroy and AdAware about once a week, after checking for updates first. By now my system is locked down pretty tight, so they almost never find anything any more, but it doesn't hurt to check.

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    Hi Justin,

    I have installed SpywareBlaster, SpywareGuard & StartupMonitor - these are used to prevent any spyware from installing itself.

    I run AdAware & Spybot S&D once a week, though I do check about 2-3 times a week for any updates to these files, if there is an update I run the program.

    Links to these files are available from <post#=296439>post 296439</post#>

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    Hi Justin,

    I have been using Firefox for about 4 months and have no plans to go back to IE. That article sums up the benefits of Firefox quite well. In spite of it being a pre-1release I have found Firefox to be very reliable. Version 1 is due for release in mid September.

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

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    Hi,

    Another prevention of spware is to install Mozilla firefox.
    This is more secure than IE.
    Do you have this program installed on your PC?

    Read this article for futher info:

    http://www.thetriangle.org/news/2004/07/09...Ie-692322.shtml

    Justin.

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    I run Spybot Search & Destroy when I get bored and have finished reading the Internet. (This is about once a month, maybe.) But... your approach should be tailored to your computing habits. I am very cautious about installing new software, run a good antivirus program and tight firewall, and only open trustworthy e-mail (I might slip once or twice a year on that). YMMV.

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    After using Firefox for a week, I'd say the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for my needs. Probably the biggest hassles are small changes in keyboard and mouse (scroll wheel) behavior and having to manually rescue various cookies that, for some reason, didn't make the voyage. (Easier to find and copy the cookies than find the correct usernames and passwords...)

    I do miss being able to use Esc to stop animated GIFs from fidgeting. Also, in IE I used to suppress the Flash player (all ActiveX controls) until I confirmed that I wanted to see the content, but in FF I find that all sorts of crazy "rich media" ads are running using the Flash plug-in. I'm sure someone will say there's a feature or extension to block them <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>, but for now, I'd rather live with it than learn how to add new features.

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    Justin,
    I run Adaware & Spybot about once a month after ensuring they are updated. I update Spywareblaster frequently. I'll echo other posts and say it is whatever time frame is good for you. I'm very careful about the sites I visit, what I download, etc.

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    As noted by Jefferson, I think a lot of it depends on your habits and practices. Personally, I don't run these utilities very often because I exercise a lot of caution in what software I install and what I allow my browser (Firefox) to do. I find the need to scan for this sort of drek fairly rare, for my needs.

    As for browsers, I have been using Firefox (and before it Firebird/Phoenix) since th .7 release. I don't miss Internet Explorer at all, and I used to be a confirmed IE user. I just got tired of all the problems that it allowed, not the least of which were ActiveX controls that can install software without my knowledge.
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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    Hi,

    Thanks for your comments.
    I am thinking of installing Thunderbird , have you any experience of using this software?

    Justin

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    This might be better suited on another board, but have you tried out AniDisable? I'll be waiting for something to nuke Flash ads, myself!
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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    Not personally, but I know a lot of folks that rave about it. Check out the other browsers board, it has been discussed there before, you can see for yourself how people that have tried it feel about it. As I understand it, it is very good at spam management right out of the box. It is also (currently, at least) less prone to problems; Microsoft's OE suffers from security problems as a result of its being so closely related to the world's most insecure browser. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    Thanks for your comments.

    Justin.

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    Re: Frequency of running spyware/ adware programs

    Jefferson, I forgot all about this extension to Firefox until just recently, but I think it might become a favorite of yours. Take a look at AdBlock - it even handles those lovely Flash ads. Right-click - AdBlock - gone!
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