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Having spyware, virus issues with a new PC

by Berfert / April 24, 2008 10:33 PM PDT

Never had any problems with old PC regarding viruses and malware, XP home, using IE and Outlook Express as main applications. Protections used Router with firewall, AVG-malware, Spybot S&D, Spywareblaster.

We only got very few tracking cookies or other minor spyware with the above setup.

New PC from Dell, XP home, using the same IE and Outlook express as main applications. Same router and installed the same protections software. Now getting hundreds of tracking cookies, viruses and other malware.

I don't understand why new pc is having issues using the same protection setup as old PC. Please help.

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Are you absolutely sure
by roddy32 / April 25, 2008 12:20 AM PDT

that you have all the protection "enabled"? I would recheck SpywareBlaster. It will tell you if everything is not enabled or not. As far as Spybot make sure you have the SDhelper enabled in the "resident" section and also make sure that both buttons have been hit in the "immunize" section. The program will also show you on the top right whether everything is enabled or not. Personally I would NOT use the TeaTimer portion in the resident section though.

Not sure what to tell you about the viruses though without more info. SpywareBlaster and Spybot don't protect against those. I assume that AVG Anti-malware has an antivirus as part of it. Is the protection enabled on that?

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Yes the AVG I have is the Virus/Malware combo
by Berfert / April 25, 2008 8:34 AM PDT

All protections are enabled. As far as I can tell the Windows Firewall (I know but since I have the hardware firewall I have never needed anything more) is fully enabled.

IE is as locked down as tightly as possible and not hear the spouse's constant harping. Third party cookies are disabled. Spybot, Spyware blaster are both fully enabled. I think Spyware Guard is as well but new to it. MSN Messenger and windows messenger are both disabled.

Are there any other setting that I could be missing?

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If you have everything enabled
by roddy32 / April 25, 2008 9:48 AM PDT

in both SpywareBlaster and Spybot like I said above then I don't have an answer as to where the extra cookies are coming from, especially without you telling WHOSE cookies they are. That right there should answer your question. Most websites issue cookies when you visit them, this website here (CNET) has a number of them also.

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