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How To Detect Spyware

by merstar / March 11, 2004 7:27 AM PST

I need a test to detect if my computer is infected with spyware and/or adware. There are a lot of sources on the net, but I don't know if their software is safe to download. Thanks.

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Re:How To Detect Spyware. The usual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 11, 2004 7:37 AM PST
In reply to: How To Detect Spyware

These Parasite removal programs can also SCAN. CWSHREDDER pretty much just removes such, but the others can just scan then ask if you want to remove such.

However, my policy needle on the pest-meter is pegged at zero tolerance. I eject all that these five tools find.

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=1313&start=0 notes the five scanning tools and removal tools that are fairly safe. If one does encounter an issue, its always been damage done by the MALWARE. The most common issue being Layered Service Provider replacement which you can use LSPFIX (Hint: use http://www.google.com to find).

The thread has follow on discussions about new links if you don't want to use Google to find an item.

Bob

PS. All the tools are free.

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Re:Re:How To Detect Spyware. The usual.
by merstar / March 11, 2004 10:13 AM PST

Thanks forthe info. By the way, is AdAware okay to use?

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Adaware by Lavasoft.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 11, 2004 10:20 AM PST

The link provided has numerous replies and comments. The selected items were chosen since in the stock settings the only items harmed are parasites. I've already noted LSPFIX so I won't repeat that.

Some complain it kills Kazaa, but that is the intent here. To wipe out the pests.

Bob

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Re:Adaware by Lavasoft.
by merstar / March 11, 2004 10:24 AM PST
In reply to: Adaware by Lavasoft.

Thanks again.

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