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"SpySweep" Spyware

by Andrew A Curatola / July 19, 2004 3:47 AM PDT

For now I've been using AOL 9 Spyware which isn't the greatest Spyware but for now it will do. You would have to run it 2-3 times in a row to be effective according to AOL standards.

I'm looking for a better Spyware software and saw this one http://www.anti-spyware-review.toptenreviews.com/ It looks good according to the website and also includes a $29.00 annual fee which doesn't bother me if it's worth it.

My questions are: Has anybody tried this Spyware software? Is it any good? I downloaded a free one shot demo trial and came up with 72 items that AOL Spyware missed. Sixty nine of the items were cookie thingys which explained to me it was a "Cookie thats shared between 2 or more sites for the purpose of tracking". I'm wondering if the excellent rating that this site gives it is just a gimmick to sell the software or it's a legit software. I might add the only way I could get rid of the 72 items it found was to buy the software.
Thankyou for any suggestions.
Andrew

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Re: "SpySweep" Spyware
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2004 4:36 AM PDT
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With Adaware, Spybot, Cwshredder and Housecall all being free, I have had no need to pay for such.

Bob

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by CburgRose / July 20, 2004 8:04 AM PDT
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If you want to find out if there are any spys on your computer, and actually get rid of them, then go to the Internet and under Search, type in Ad-Aware. This program is free and it will find any spies that might be tracking your computer sessions. Also, another good one (I have both) is SpyBotS&D (SpyBotSearch&Destroy). They are both free and do an great job. You might also want to sign up for the email from Ad-Aware (It's called LavaSoft). They tell you all sorts of things you need to know. I would not pay for something that I do not know how it works. I know exactly how Ad-Aware and SpyBot S&D work since I've been using them for about 8 years now. It doesn't matter what platform you have on your computer, these two work with all platforms. I have WindowsXp Home on mine, and my former computer had Windows 98SE, and it worked well with it as well. I have read too many negative things about SpySweeper so I would not put it on my computer. Hope this helps.

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Re: "SpySweep" Spyware
by Roger / July 21, 2004 5:54 PM PDT
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I would avoid buying any spyware removal software as ironically enough some the same companies that sell you the software are the worst offenders.

With three years of adware and spyware accumulating on my machine I finally downloaded SpyBot which is freeware. I had got to the point where incessant popups were making browsing a nightmare and Hotbar (hbsvr.exe)was sometimes talking up to 99% of my CPU. After running SpyBot a couple of times it cleared out 170 processes and registry entries and I havn't had any popups since (as they are no longer getting around my pop swatting software through the spyware).

As it is free you may as well try it before parting with some more of your money.

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by bountysx / July 22, 2004 10:35 AM PDT
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Here's another vote for Adaware and Spybot S/D. I downloaded both after I got hijacked and one by one it removed all the spyware that I had all this time. Also CWShredder is another plus. Then I added SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard to be on the safeside. These last 2 don't clean up your comp., they prevent spyware from being installed in the first place. Well that's accdg. to the guy who made it. And it works for me. I surf more confidently with them onboard and also Firefox. Thumbs up for this browser.

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by k4bet / July 22, 2004 11:09 AM PDT
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Use it on two PC's & two notebooks & it seems to do a respectable job of blocking all the garbage, spyware and cookies. I also use Ad-Aware (free) and once in a blue moon, it will get something that Spy-Sweep skips.

One test I have run and that is to turn off SpySweep, go to a site that I know downloads tons of spy ware programs and tons of tracking cookies & then clean it up with SpySweep and Ad-Aware says it is all gone.

Leave SpySweep on, go to the same web site and not one spyware progarm or cookie gets onto the machine.

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