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    Spy Sweeper

    I thought I had redundant programs re. spy, mal, and adware control, running updated AdAware and Spybot regularly, as well as using Spyware Blaster, Sygate Personal Firewall, and Pest Patrol. However, when Brian Livingston's current Windows Secrets Newletter came out, my attention was drawn to Spy Sweeper. Running it, I found--after running all the other programs--69 spyware/malware occurrences, 128 "traces" of spyware, and Trojan-Backdoor-Kyrdor, which, presumably, Pest Patrol should prevent. (Spy Sweeper is free for 30 days; thereafter, $US29.95 for one year, $US39.95 for two).

    Will this "invasion" every stop? I doubt it.

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    Re: Spy Sweeper

    The Windows Secrets Newsletter issues were mentioned here before - see <post#=451829>post 451829</post#> and <post#=447496>post 447496</post#>.

    My "regular" protection consists of NAV, Spybot Search and Destroy (including TeaTimer), LavaSoft AdAware, SpywareBlaster, CWShredder (plus a firewall of course, and Windows XP SP2's popup blocker). I downloaded the free SpyAudit tool from the SpySweeper website and ran it on my system. It claimed to find 3 instances of adware against which the above already protect me, among which CoolWebSearch; I looked them up on the Symantec SecurityResponse site to see which files and registry entries they installed, and as I expected, there is not a trace of them. So I'm not convinced.

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    Re: Spy Sweeper

    I had a similar experience, and could only conclude that it was picking up one one of the registry keys, deliberately inserted by SpywareBlaster, to prevent installation of the malware in the first place. I too remain unconvinced.

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    Re: Spy Sweeper

    I just tried it out, it appears to be a good product but as it found no spyware at all on my system I can not comment about how good it is at removing spyware.

    I use Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware SE Personal and SpywareBlaster, along with Norton Interenet Security, Firefox and a fully patched Windows XP system and that appears to do a good enough job for me. I am currently trying out the MS AntiSpyware Beta though so far that has only found 1 false positive.

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    Re: Spy Sweeper

    I've used the 30 day free version on a couple of PCs which needed serious disinfecting, and it did a very good job. I haven't been tempted to buy it for general use on non-infected systems.

    StuartR

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    Re: Spy Sweeper

    Tony55 said,
    <hr>...and a fully patched Windows XP system<hr>
    This might even be the MOST important factor!
    Bill (AFE7Ret)
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    Re: Spy Sweeper

    I've been using SpySweeper for about 6 months and wouldn't be without it. I run Adaware se, Spybot S&D, Spyware Blaster, Norton AV and ZoneAlarm Pro; and SpySweeper still finds things that the others miss and catches new items on their way in that the others either don't notice or don't think are a problem. So far, I have not gotten a single false positive and I don't think it has missed anything either. Basis for this is that I cleaned up my daughter's boyfriends' family computer over the weekend (couldn't get past the Welcome screen, out of virtual memory, loaded with spyware) and after getting back control of the system and cleaning "completely" with Adaware, Spybot and Spyware Blaster, I loaded a trial copy of SpySweeper and came up with over 650 instances of spyware that the others had missed !!! And, no, I didn't go on the internet and download the trial copy, I had it on disk, so nothing got on the system in the interim.

    I think it's a solid product and if we recall the results of the research done and quoted in the Windows Secrets Newsletter, SpySweeper was second only to Giant in catching the baddies. BTW - I was able to DL and update a copy of Giant's original software, after the MS coup and beta release, and absolutely HATED it. Clunky interface and it returned 3 false positives and removed a browser plugin for one of my utilities. MS can have that one. Even they can't make it much worse than it already is. I'm still wondering why they didn't spend the money to make their OS more secure rather than buying an AV program to protect it <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45> ??????????????
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    Re: Spy Sweeper

    Really? I run those on my laptop, except for Norton (I use F-Prot) and Spyware Blaster (I use PestPatrol) and SpySweeper found absolutely nothing on my machine. At work, where we do run Norton and I don't run ZoneAlarm but use Spybot S&D, AdAware (and AdWatch) and PestPatrol, it also found nothing.
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    Re: Spy Sweeper

    Honest. Would I lie ???? Knowing I have Charlotte overseeing all ??? I suspect that you are very well protected at work and at home. Remember, this was a severely compromised machine. Had one nastie on it that just wouldn't go away until I loaded SpySweeper and ran it. Cleaned out that one and over 600 others on it's first scan. Ran it again and then each of the others and all came up clean. The system ran much better (the family said it hadn't run so well in months) and that SpySweeper had already stopped one browser hijack, that had attempted to change their homepage, at a site they visited quite frequently in the past. Said that they would be purchasing a copy when the trial period was over.

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> Do you think anybody from SpySweeper reads this stuff ??? I could use a job !! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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