Skip to comments.Best Spyware Stopper out there?
Posted on 01/11/2005 9:07:03 PM PST by StopDemocratsDotCom
Do any freepers know of any really good pop-up/spyware software out there that can not only remove but detect spyware before it is installed on a computer? I am a website designer and have to be constantly reformatting my HD do to this problem.
Any help, links and advice is much appreciate!
Spybot S&D - go to Download.com for the latest version.
Also you should use this with Lavasoft Ad-Aware Personal.
Try spywareblaster at
and Adaware SE
also recommend free AVG virus scan
Webroot's SpySweeper is a great one, but you have to pay $29.95 a year after a 30 day trial period.
Spybot Search and Destroy is a good free one, but you have to use their tea timer to prevent things from installing themselves in your registry...but it's also free.
I personally run SpySweeper and Spybot Search and Destroy. I am trying out Microsoft's new spyware killer...so far it's not too bad.
Hope this helps.
I use both spybot and adaware but lately they don't find much of anything. I don't know if it is because they are catching things before they are planted or if it is because software is circumventing my spyware searching programs.
I have no "exempt" files and check for updates periodically. Typically all I find now are cookies, nothing in the registry.
Switch your browser to Mozilla Firefox and your pop-up problems are solved
The best way not to get Spyware on your computer is never clcik on Pop-Ups, never download desktop themes,do not install P2P File sharing programs, and don't use Freeware or shareware. The only way it gets on your computer is from the user.
AVG and ANti-Vir Anti Virus programs, both free, also see most spyware as a virus and will stop it from loading. Most spyware programs only get rid of it once you got it.
The best one I found came with Yahoo Instant Messenger. If you don't mind having that program installed on your program, the spyware toolbar is great.
it doesn't, its just that my pc is constantly booged down due to spyware and this is not good for designing websites
I don't think you can remove internet explorer actually....
It's bad enough to have to deal with spyware without having to sift through erroneous advice.
Add/Remove Programs doesn't send anything to the Recycle Bin.
Then YOU don't know what the hell you are talking about, because I have done this on MORE THAN ONE COMPUTER.
10 TO 15 TO BE "FRANK" WITH SUCCESS...
I'm awaiting your next line of BS...
I'm up and awaiting the reply. Or do you work for swill gates???
What OS are you referring to?
I'm running 9x. Tell me I don't see what goes on with my machine.
I'm here too, Bad Boy.
And what do you mean by "9x"
Do I need to walk you through the process? That I already explained...
What planet are you on?
Bring it on.
O.K. I've got to go to work, so when you get around to finding out that I'm correct I'll be back later.
Have a great night.
Last chance for now...
You don't even know what "9x" means, and you tell others they're shoveling the BS? Are you just argumentative or drunk or stoned or what?
The "x" after the 9 means 95 or 98, and it's understood that since ME is just gussied up 98SE, it's part of the 9x family.
Now, with that out of the way, allow me to explain something even a belligerent can understand. You're implying that something can be sent to the Recycle Bin, thus there's the opportunity to Restore whatever was removed. I defy you to do it. Nothing gets sent to the Recycle Bin from the Add/Remove box, and I'll stake my life on it.
For the record, I run ME, and I have a friend which I help do some maintenance here and there, who runs 98 FE. What you say doesn't happen.
Another thing - IE5.5 came with my machine. It's listed in the Add/Remove box, but the only options you get are to repair IE, or to go back to 5.5 if you have upgraded to 6.0
Windows 9x doesn't give you the chance to "remove" IE. It's one of the things MS said to the DOJ, that it's too integral to the OS. There ARE a couple of third party removers out there, but I never recommend them to the general computing populace, because they can spell disaster for even seasoned computer users.
Lastly, I'm running FF 1.0 as well as 1.7.3 Suite, and bash MS and Mozilla both if they deserve such. Thank you.
Bottom line - you can't remove IE in Windows 9x from Add/Remove, and I'm no fan of Big Brother Gates.
The ball's in your court. Or should I say it's your turn to shovel?
"I seem to be infected with 3 different "redirect host" bugs. In alternating between adaware and spybot The same three come up every time. I click to remove, but they never seem to really be erased away. Any ideas? I'm doing reboots about 20 times a day and its making me nuts. Please advise on any ideas or help."
First, go here:
( you may have to hit f5 or refresh to get it to come up- they are overloaded badly )
Go to the "malware removal" forum and read ALL the "pinned" stuff near the top-- it's all together.
You may glean enough info to try a self-cure, but if in doubt, join the forum and post a Hijack this! logfile, and they will help you sort it out. Be advised they went from 5,000 members last summer to over 45,000 today, and they are swamped-- do not bump or add to your first post or they will overlook it, thinking someone is helping you already.
You've got one of those regenerating bugs, and they can be the devil to get out-- if you have all your installation CDs, and your data saved, it may be faster to fdisk, reformat, and reinstall everything from scratch. Then again, if you go through the removal process you will learn a lot, and be very motivated to ditch IE, get hardware & software firewalls, and keep the system updated.
The people who write and propagate this garbage should be triple-fined for downtime and publicly horsewhipped.
And branded with a "V" for vandal...
Ad-Aware SE is an on-demand scanner.
Spybot Search and Destroy offers on-demand and real-time protection.
SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard
From Javacool Software
These programs may be used in any combination. I.E Spybots' "TeaTimer", and Javacools' "SpywareGuard", both of which offer full-time protection, may be used together.
Many thanks Backhoe
Hey, I know just enough to be dangerous. ;)
backhoe has pretty much covered the bases, so I'll add a couple of computer forums I haunt. AnnMarie is especially good at help with Hijack This logs and registry problems, etc.
Besides the usual recommendations of programs to help you combat the sewer divers, I'll place SpywareBlaster at the top, since it helps keep critters from getting in the front door.
My question is legitimate. I, too, design websites and I'm curious if you have information or have experienced something with ad- or spyware that has affected your site design, for example, the software you use for site design.
I completely forgot to mention one other thing.
Once you are satisfied your system is clean- either from help from SWI forums, or a reformat? Clone the darn drive. It is not hard to do- drop me a note if you have questions. That way, you can restore your machine's state quickly, to a known good condition.
bump for later reading
"Switch your browser to Mozilla Firefox and your pop-up problems are solved"
Not totally. I've been using it for several months and I get about 1 a day. Much better than MSIE, of course, but not perfect. There are people making popup blockers for Firefox. There is a need, and it is probably growing.
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Between Spyware Eliminator and NIS, most home computers shouldn't have any problems with these issues.
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