How to: Stay away from spyware

Postby Charisma » Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:18 pm

First and foremost... This is from someone else, at another forum. clubrsx is the site, prod is the man if you must know.

prod wrote:Ok, these are the three main programs i use to prevent spyware. I've been using them in conjunction with each other for the past year and i have had 0 (yes, that's ZERO) spyware infections.

Ad-Aware



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Good old ad-aware. It's a very user friendly program. I'm sure most of you have it but the important part is to let it scan. When you're scanning do a FULL SYSTEM SCAN, or a custom scan and select all non-removable drives.



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Other than that, it's pretty self-explanatory.

If you wish to use Ad-Aware SE Professional, it's like 30 bucks to buy (or obtain through other sources) it gives you a few more options. Namely a process watch.



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This will tell you the current running programs and their locations... if they don't say system, it's generally not good..... so run a scan.

Ad-Aware SE Personal.
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Ad-Aware SE Professional
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Spybot
Spybot is a program that you use to eleminate the installation of spyware to begin with. It also serves as a scanner, but the main feature you will use is the immunize.

What the immunize feature does, is as stated above, prevents the installation of activex controls, and the vast majority of known spyware programs such as dialers and things of that nature.



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When you install it, you'll want to run an update and then immunize.



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Once it finishes,



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and that's that. You do have the option for it to tell you when something has been blocked, but i'd suggest against it. If you're a random internet surfer, you'll notice that about 1 out of 2 pages tries to install something that it stops....... so a lot of pop-ups telling you that is annoying.


Spyboy S&D 1.3
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Spyware blaster

Spyware Blaster is essentially the same thing as spybot...... without the scanning feature, and with an assload more definitions and features.......



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There's not much to it... you click "enable all protection" and that's pretty much that.

Again, all it does it stops things from being installed.

Spyware Blaster 3.2
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The most important thing with these three programs is to keep them up to date.
I make it a habit to update them weekly... yes, WEEKLY.

Let them do their thing and it'll keep you spyware free... and god knows that's a life saver.


I may go into this deeper tomorrow, but it's 5 am and I kind of rushed it........ for now, BLEH!
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Postby GTAce » Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:48 am

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Postby CRaZy)-(ØR§]® » Sat Jan 22, 2005 6:21 am

i use those three plus cwsShredder...
nothing so far myself..plus firefox...even without those running i've never gotten anything on firefox..but sometimes i have to fire up IE to view some things..so i keep them running just incase..
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Postby Charisma » Sat Jan 22, 2005 9:38 am

Yeah IMO Firefox is key. But since some sites still aren't viewable through FF you have to boot up Mozilla.
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Postby DV8 » Sat Jan 22, 2005 12:14 pm

I have spybot and adaware and I still get spyware bud... I don't think one other program or 2045 other programs really determine if you have Zero spyware, because I don't think any of them really BLOCK all spyware... there are new types of spyware every day, and our definitions don't update everyday.
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Postby CRaZy)-(ØR§]® » Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:36 pm

sure don't ..browsers are what make the bigg difference if you ask me..that and makin sure the programs you download are free of it also...like bear share and those types..i know how to kill them off before they even get rollin...you have to watch driver updates and stuff like that also..but the biggest is the websites where it's planted..that why browsers are so important...i may use IE once a month..soon as firefox is reading those image codecs i'm done with IE for good ;)
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Postby WLWsite » Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:02 pm

Yes, the best way to get rid of spyware is to not get it in the first place :P And you do that by first - ditching IE, I would recommend moving to FireFox web browser and second. Get a firewall and only forward the ports you use on a regular basis and block all others.
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Postby lcp03o » Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:19 am

Firefox is the only way to go :D But I still prefer IE, Ive always been a microsoft man
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Postby }DA{Stryker » Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:12 pm

I use adware and search and destroy, and they work great, by the don't BLOCK they just catch it once it's on there. I use one that's great, spy sweeper, and that can run all the time if you like and constantly sweep your hard drive. Sounds like you guys are really pushing Firefox, is it worth the switch?
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Postby Charisma » Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:39 pm

It's DEFINATELY worth the switch.
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Postby Charisma » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:03 pm

Bump for people who haven't seen it.
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Postby Iceman » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:09 pm

I really like FF. It loads pages faster and downloads files faster than IE. IE, just like all other MicroSoft stuff, is bloated with alot of crap.
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