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Cnet Commentary sent me where I've never been before

by michhala / July 6, 2005 2:11 PM PDT

'How to Outsmart Spyware' by Ken Feinstein -- this CNET article sent me to 'Manage Add Ons', and now I need to know how to 'manage' and what to update and what to disable. Here is what I have.

ADD ONS that have been used by IE:
{57707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D 7942484F} Safer Networking BHO SDHelper.dll

Adobe Systems, Inc. BHO AcroIEHelper.dll
Microsoft Corporation ActiveX Control SHELL32.dll
Symantec Corp. BHO NavShExt.dll
Symantec Corp. BHO NISShExt.dll
Microsoft Corp. ActiveX Control IEAWSDC.dll
Symantec Corp Toolbar NavShExt.dll
Symantec Corp Toolbar NISShExt.dll
(Not Verified) Microsoft Corp Active X Control OPUC.dll
HP ActiveX Control Browser extension
Macromedia, Inc. ActiveX Control Flash.ocs
Microsoft Windows Publisher ActiveX Control WUweb.dll

ADD ONS Currently loaded in IE:
Safer Networking LTD BHO SDHelper.dll
Adobe Systems BHO Acro IEHelper.dll
Symantec Corp BHO NavShExt.dll
Symantec Corp BHO NISShExt.dll
Symantec Corp Toolbar NavShExt.dll
Symantec Corp Toolbar Browser Extension NISShExt.dll

If I am asking too much just send me away Happy .....Miki
Dell Dimension 8250
Pentium 4 2.66 GHZ
Windows XP (SP2)
80 GB 7200 Ultra ATA
AOL/DSL 9.0 Optimized

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I'm not an expert, Miki, but you do have.....
by tobeach / July 6, 2005 2:56 PM PDT

a considerable number of Active-X browser helpers but virtually all are from legitimate companies. Acro is your Adobe reader. SD Helper(Safer-networking) is your Spybot control, Symantic is your Norton, Macromedia is your Flash Player, etc.Add-Ons Currently loaded look about right.
I'm always a little suspicious of any "toolbars". Why does HP need to follow your browsing(?) but might be connected to updating.
Apparently your Cable is via AOL?? Personal Choice but I wouldn't allow anything from AOL, Yahoo,etc. on my'puter.
Hopefully Marianna or Donna will pop in with an opinion. Run your Spybot and see who it lists. Happy

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I'm not an expert, Miki, but you do have.....
by michhala / July 7, 2005 2:47 AM PDT

Thank you, tobeach.

HP toolbar is on the 'ADD ONS that have been used by IE' list and not 'ADD ONS Currently loaded in IE' list. Doesn't that mean it is not used now? I am not sure what it is used for either, but I thought it was for the printer icon to be in the toolbar.

Re AOL -- I have AOL's DSL, and it is a very secure system being 'instant on' and not 'always on'. In addition, my IP address changes every time I sign off, which I do consistently when the computer is on.
AOL does not offer this DSL to new customers, and I will be losing it in a month when I move......at which time, I will still keep AOL, but will connect using Verizon direct (AOL/DSL uses the Verizon lines).

I have been with AOL since 1998 and have always been satisfied with them. I have one IE browser on my system; it is not modified; AOL uses that one; I have the choice to connect with AOL and then use the external IE if I so choose.....just like everyone else.


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Miki You can update only

if the update button is clickable. One by one click the add-ons to see if the update button is clickable or not.

The lists you got is safe.

The (Not Verified) Microsoft Corp Active X Control OPUC.dll is for Office Update engine.

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Hi Donna...
by michhala / July 7, 2005 2:51 AM PDT

Thank you, Donna -- am happy to know that I have a "safe" list.

I appreciate your always 'being there' for us.


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