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    Spyware question

    Hi,
    Just a general question about safe computing.
    I have installed on my system Kazaa and Gamespy, among another couple of sharing programs.
    What are the implications with spyware and stuff? I obviously am aware that you should scan anything downloaded from Kazaa as you cannot verify its content as being non malicious.
    But when I run an anti-spyware program it throws up all the files related to both of these programs. Obviously some of these may be non-malicious (maybe all) but how should I tackle these files. Ideally I'd prefer not to have my actions tracked online.

    I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2, Norton 2005.

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    Re: Spyware question

    This rather extensive article gives the lodown on the question Is KaZaA Spyware?
    Executive Summary says it all: "Oh my, YES!"
    Personally, I'd clean it all out, then opt for KaZaA Lite Revolution [2002-2005].

    GameSpy Arcade is a game program that is used to find players, maps and servers when playing many well-known multiplayer Internet games. It also secretly installs the spyware WebHancer, an executable program that tracks and records a user's movements across the web and reportedly overwrites some critical system files, especially where the user's Internet connection is concerned. Again, I'd clean up your box and install an alternative. Maybe BF2.org - Battlefield 2 Community is of relevance.

    Alan

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    Re: Spyware question

    Hi,
    Thanks for that, I was never happy with the amount of junk that Kazaa dumped on my harddrive. I think I'll strip Kazaa out and go for Kazaa Lite as you suggested.
    With regards to Gamespy, will the alternative out there effectively do the same job? I'm somewhat new to the online gaming thing and GameSpy cam packaged with the games from EA that I have. Basically will I be able to connect online with any online game?

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    Re: Spyware question

    Sorry Nigel, but I'm even newer to online gaming than you <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> - hence my "Maybe BF2.org - Battlefield 2 Community is of relevance" reply. I'm afraid I have zero knowledge in this area. Maybe (... again) one of the many forums or newsgroups on gaming will give you some answers.

    Alan

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    Re: Spyware question

    Cheers Alan,
    I'll look into it and see where I get.
    I have now installed Kazaa Revolution and am quite impressed. I think its designed better than Kazaa andseemingly without all the inherent junk!!! Thanks for the recommendation!! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Spyware question

    >>GameSpy cam packaged with the games from EA that I have. Basically will I be able to connect online with any online game?

    Any that are supported by the GameSpy servers -- Quake 3, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Medal of Honor, etc. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of servers with all sorts of games.

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    Re: Spyware question

    Hi,
    Thanks for that but I was refering to the spyware that Gamespy installs on your computer and looking for an alternative to this. Unless I have misread you.

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    Re: Spyware question

    Sorry, I misread what you said. I don't know, as I've only used GameSpy (and only a couple of times- I don't do much multi-player gaming). Good luck.

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