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01-08-2005, 11:11 AM
After reading the Bio thread this seems like the place to ask pc questions. (Doen't anyone work at Sears?) I am having a problem with some spyware. I comes in the way of sound ads that just start blarring when I am on certain pages such as cnet, the smoking gun and news paper sites. I run my adaware but it does not find anything. I read on the Kim Komando site about Spy Sweeper. It is a program that cost around $29.00 at Circut city. I think I am going to have to buy something to fix this problem, the free stuff doesn't seem to work any more. Any one have experiance with Spy Sweeper? Thanks
01-08-2005, 11:40 AM
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Any one have experiance with Spy Sweeper? <hr /></blockquote>
It's a good program I use it as part of my anti-spyware arsenal. I've found that no single program is good enough to handle the job.
I also use:
Spybot Search and Destroy (free)
Pest Patrol Corporate Link (http://www.pestpatrol.com/Products/PestPatrolCE/)
Adaware SE Personal Link (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/)
Of the group Spysweeper is probably second only to Pest Patrol Corporate for keeping my system clean and safe.
However, I run all the programs at least once every few days as a matter of good housekeeping.
It would also help matters immensely if you would quit using Internet Explorer and start using an alternative browser. IE has become the target of tons of bad guys and it's simply not worth using anymore if you don't have to. The majority of your problems and the threats you're experiencing with IE would disappear if you switched to something like Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/) or Opera (http://www.opera.com/)
Of the two Firefox is more user friendly but Opera is more powerful. They both resemble IE in a big way so switching isn't all that traumatic.
Popcorn, highsea is the man you want for this kind of stuff, but a few questions.
What OS do you have, eg Windows 95, 98, XP etc?
Do you have a firewall or an anti- virus such as McAfee?
I personally have never had a problem with this.
01-08-2005, 02:43 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr> Popcorn, highsea is the man you want for this kind of stuff<hr /></blockquote>
Q, you're absolutely right about needing highsea. He's currently still helping me recover my laptop from a trojan that got in from when my husband clicked on a Google link.
He's getting a super-sized bag of nuts from me for all his help and patience. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
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He's currently still helping me recover my laptop from a trojan that got in from when my husband clicked on a Google link.
Oh yeah! What link was that Barbara? 'Sorority Girls in Combat gear?'. HaHa /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Just joking. /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif LOL
Now and again you click on some website and your brouwser gets hijacked. You end up in a worm-hole of porn sites! No matter what you do , they keep coming back.
I,m thinking of buying an external HD that I can use exclusively for surfing. Anything goes wrong I can just wipe it and start again.
01-08-2005, 03:24 PM
I have been using Firefox for a while and just downloaded the new 1.0 I had I think the 9.3 I think I will try the spy sweeper
01-08-2005, 03:41 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Popcorn:</font><hr> I have been using Firefox for a while and just downloaded the new 1.0 I had I think the 9.3 I think I will try the spy sweeper <hr /></blockquote>
Popcorn, If you need a hand, send me a PM. It usually takes a combination of automated sweeps and some manual intervention to get a system completely straightened out.
01-09-2005, 06:58 AM
Hi popcorn. Two good sources of information about PC products are cnet.com and zdnet.com. Both sites contain reviews on a variety of PC software as well as other gizmos. I just bought the products that were rated highest at the time I needed them. One is Spy Killer 2004. It can clean off all your spyware and undo modifications that were made to your browsers without manual intervention. I don't run it fully automatic anymore because it does extensive scans and it takes too much time. It isn't really neccessary anymore. I run it every few weeks.
The other product I use for virus'is PC-cillin from Trend Micro. My company supplies us with McAfee but from my experience it is not as good a product. McAfee is resource intensive and the updates are not as frequent. Since I have installed these two products I have had zero problems with spyware or virus.
The other thing I would reccomend is to turn down or off accepting cookies. Browsers now days also have the capability to turn off pop up windows. I work from a home office supporting systems all over the country. I have to have a system that is reliable and I don't spend time messing with. I am by no means a PC specialist. I only work on the "big iron". I also have a little Linksys WAP firewall/router. I can't believe how cheap these things have gotten.
Anyway, these are the steps I have taken and I am happy with the results. Hope this helps.
ChopStick <~~~Unix bigot. Hates Microsoft anything.
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