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anti-spyware opinions requested

by TJRatfink / June 17, 2006 12:54 PM PDT

I currently use Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D and would like to add a third to the mix. If this isn't overkill or redundant, what ap. might be a good companion to the other two? I tried Spycatcher but kept getting an error message upon startup and shutdown. I then uninstalled it, but might be willing to try it again if I can avoid the error problems.

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More Spyware Apps
by kegizsftzp / June 17, 2006 1:20 PM PDT

First of all adding more anti-spyware programs is NEVER overkill. You can never have enough spyware programs. But anyway to your question click this link:
Somebody else asked a similar question like yours and I posted of what I thought. Like I suggested in my post make sure you also have a firewall (only ONE firewall not more than that they may conflict with each other) and use firefox or opera. This adds to the reduction in spyware.

Hope this helps

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NEVER overkill???
by NickMets7 / June 30, 2006 5:56 AM PDT
In reply to: More Spyware Apps

I don't know about that. Too many programs can become total memory and resource hogs. I use Windows Defender and Norton, and Netscape and so far my computer has never had any problems.

- Nick

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Other direction
by jnbhoward / June 17, 2006 1:57 PM PDT

Don't know about you, but I'd much prefer never to get the spyware in the first place, rather than worry about how to get rid of it once I have it.

So I follow a set of very simple rules that keeps my system free of this garbage. They aren't in any particular order after the first one, which is the most important one of all.

1: Use something other than Internet Explorer. This single program is responsible for the majority of all spyware infestations. I use Mozilla Firefox instead. It's not perfect, but it's risk of spyware is presently zero, and some of the extensions for it are damn handy.

2: Don't use P2P programs. Kazaa, Morpheous, and virtually all the others come bundled with spyware, and probably the majority of the content on the network is laden with spyware.

3: Don't use pirated programs. You never know what someone might have decided to bundle along with the program when they altered it to bypass any security. Odds are, there's a good enough freeware program out there for almost every task.

4: Keep on top of Windows updates. This is one case where it's acceptable to use Internet Explorer. To me, it's the only use I have for IE. The rest of the time I only use Firefox. If I come across a site that doesn't work with Firefox, I just move on, but I can't come up with a single example of that happening off the top of my head.

Item 4 is about the only one that requires any repeated effort on your part. Microsoft tends to release new patches every second tuesday of the month, so just be sure to check the Windows Update site on, or slightly after, that day and you should be good.

Do this, and your chance of getting hit with any kind of spyware, worse than a tracking cookie, drops to near zero. It leaves you free to worry more about social engineering based "attacks" such as phishing. You won't need 2-3 programs to try and clean up the mess left in Internet Explorer's wake. You've got plenty of other things to worry about I'm sure, so why not eliminate spyware as one of them if you're able?

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More or less
by PKsteven / June 17, 2006 2:35 PM PDT

All I run is Adaware\spyware blaster(which helps keep it off to begin with). I have used spybot and I don't feel it's done anything more that adaware has done, so I got rid of spybot. As Mike mentioned, the best preventative is to not get it in the first place.

Being all I run is those two now, and still haven't had any spyware besides a couple of minor tracking cookies, I think it's enough. Spyware blaster is free by the way.


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I use
by PudgyOne / June 17, 2006 8:49 PM PDT

I use the following

C W Shredder

Spybot Search & Destroy

Spyware Blaster

and I use a Hosts File.

Information on Hosts Files can be found here

Ever since I have used a Hosts file, Ad Aware SE hasn't found anything. I have since removed this program.

Hope this helps.


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