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02-12-2005, 02:07 PM
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spyware record

Where I work, there are a lot of pcs shared by many users. I had to look up a number, so I borrowed one guy's pc. When I pulled up internet explorer, about five pop ups instantly filled the screen. I finally got back to the main window where I entered www.yahoo.com. Only there was a good second between each letter appearing.

I brought up the task manager. Wow, his system was humming along at between 70% and 90% on the CPU and his memory usage was well over half. All he had open was Outlook, AIM, and the IE I just opened.

I asked him when he last scanned for spyware. He never had. Out of the goodness of my heart, I helped him download a spyware cleaning program and gave it a run. It found 1,168 things to delete. Sure, this included cookies, but wow that might be a record.

After cleaning it all off using two different spyware removers, he is amazed at how fast his system is. I don't know how he lived with it before.

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Hehe, thats a good one.
One of my colleagues here at work once had a look at a pc that had Temporary Innternet Files that were about 1,1 GB in size.

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so which is the best removers
and will it mess up anything like saved passwords for mozilla?

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I ran McAfee stinger on a computer and found over 100,000 instances of the Blaster virus.

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What spyware remover did you use?

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The computer shop I head to frequently (because of perpetual problems with my machine) have a print-out of one of the ops they did with Norton, which found 12,000 infected files on someone's computer.

As I was staring on in awe at that printout, a guy came in saying his CD-ROM was broken because it wouldn't play DVDs.

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At home I use both Spybot Search & Destroy and Lavasoft Ad-Aware. Between the two, I seem to be okay.

Though, I'd never dream of using them at work since I think their license agreement prevents corporations from using it without buying a license. Never ever. Well, maybe once.

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I have an email at work with a link to the record. I will post it tomorrow morning.

Honestly, the Microsoft AntiSpyware tool is REALLY good. Granted it's in beta, but if you don't mind that, I would recommend it. Slashdot had an article and it found things that both Spybot and adaware left behind.

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I have an email at work with a link to the record. I will post it tomorrow morning.

Honestly, the Microsoft AntiSpyware tool is REALLY good. Granted it's in beta, but if you don't mind that, I would recommend it. Slashdot had an article and it found things that both Spybot and adaware left behind.
Wouldn't be too sure, there's now a worm that specifically targets the Microsoft AntiSpyware tool.
Also in my own testing, I found that Ad Aware got some stuff Microsoft didn't, Microsoft got some stuff Ad Aware didn't and the same goes for Spybot.

Personally, I like Spy Sweeper, takes a while to scan, but kills everything.

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At home I use both Spybot Search & Destroy and Lavasoft Ad-Aware. Between the two, I seem to be okay.

Though, I'd never dream of using them at work since I think their license agreement prevents corporations from using it without buying a license. Never ever. Well, maybe once.
Spybot's license allows it to be used wherever. Adaware is only allowed at home, assuming its not the purchased version.

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ok so long as these are all free

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Misc..._20924179.html

here's a good resource for anyone interested

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I almost miss the days when I still got spyware. It was so fun to remove it..but SpyBot's immunization alone makes it almost impossible. I run Ad-Aware and then S&D about once a week, and never find anything except cookies.

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Wouldn't be too sure, there's now a worm that specifically targets the Microsoft AntiSpyware tool.
Also in my own testing, I found that Ad Aware got some stuff Microsoft didn't, Microsoft got some stuff Ad Aware didn't and the same goes for Spybot.

Personally, I like Spy Sweeper, takes a while to scan, but kills everything.
Couldn't agree more. I have used Ad Aware, Spybot and Spy Doctor and none of them can touch Spy Sweeper (although Spy Doctor was almost as effective). It (Spy Sweeper) cleaned up stuff that the the other 3 couldn't. Based on my experience, Spybot and Ad Aware are not nearly as effective.

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i just tried spy sweeper and it will only search for free wont delete

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i just tried spy sweeper and it will only search for free wont delete
Try downloading the 30 day trial. It's fully functional.

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