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Jack Daniel
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Hey what is your opinion about spyware removal softwares..??

of course there is that free one - Ad-aware

Does anybody use anything other than Ad-aware , if so .. which one??

Thanks
Tony Alicea
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Not necessarily spyware... but...

If you use IE,

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/29/1913222&mode=thread&tid=109&tid=113&tid=126&tid=172&tid=187&tid=95
[ July 01, 2004: Message edited by: Tony Alicea ]

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Warren Dew
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To remove spyware, install this.
Gregg Bolinger
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Best tool to avoid spyware? Don't use IE.

Ad-Aware is a good free one. As far as removing stuff it will do the job. If you want something that is preventative use Pest Patrol. $40 and well worth the money although can be a bit of a memory hog. Works pretty much like Antivirus software except it watches for keyloggers, tracking cookies, spyware, malware, etc.


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Jack Daniel
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Thanks a lot guys

ohh Yeah, i have understood how risky it gets if I continue with IE,.. started with mozilla

Yeah Pest Patrol sounds really good; I am bothered about keyloggers which u know,.. gets u into trouble...

any comments on noAdware, http://www.noadware.net/ ?? how good it is..

But I guess Pest Patrol sounds to be the best way to go..

Richard Hawkes
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I was impressed with Spybot Search and Destroy so I donated $25 (it is free though). Comes with other features and includes a few preventative settings measures.

However its usually worth running a couple of apps since some spyware and trackers can be missed by spyware zappers, so I have Ad Aware too.

The only other free software I've ever donated money towards was Avant Browser. That's one cool plugin.
Thomas Paul
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This sight might help:

http://www.spywareinfo.com/


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Jeroen Wenting
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IE isn't spyware nor does it spread spyware.
What spreads spyware are all those "free" P2P thingies like Kazaa, and all those "free" download managers...

Only fools like the slashdoters (R)(c)(p)tm, patent pending, will call IE spyware like they in their complete and utter ignorance attack Microsoft on anything and everything from their pirated Windows installations using IE and Outlook Express while downloading virusses and spyware using Kazaa thinking it's some 1eet k00l new pirated software and watching pirated movies using their Realplayer (which is known the be the worst spyware this side of GameSpy and is installed by default with Notscape).


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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
IE isn't spyware nor does it spread spyware.
What spreads spyware are all those "free" P2P thingies like Kazaa, and all those "free" download managers...

Only fools like the slashdoters (R)(c)(p)tm, patent pending, will call IE spyware like they in their complete and utter ignorance attack Microsoft on anything and everything from their pirated Windows installations using IE and Outlook Express while downloading virusses and spyware using Kazaa thinking it's some 1eet k00l new pirated software and watching pirated movies using their Realplayer (which is known the be the worst spyware this side of GameSpy and is installed by default with Notscape).


I know that IE isn't spyware. But IE does allow ActiveX and VBScript which does allow malicious software to possibly be installed without the user knowing it. Not to mention the pluthra of popups you get from horrible websites. Yes, IE can be made to be more secure by adjusting some settings. But the typical user doesn't know how to do this. Why doesn't MS ship IE in a more secure state to begin with? Who knows. For most people it's just easier to download and use Firefox.
Gregg Bolinger
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This seems less like MD and more like General Computing, so I am going to move it there.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
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