View Full Version : Spyware

01-07-2004, 08:42 AM
Those of us the surf regularly are tracked. Most of the time without our knowledge or consent. Eveytime I log on to Yahoo, they place 4 tracking cookies on my computer. If I use Earthlink's software, the place 3 tracking cookies. Anyone that logged on to the link provided by EH about the "Virtual Girl" picked up 3 tracking cookies. The aren't removed when you use a standard cookie clean up program. The most common are from Valueclick and Double click. If you would like to keep your web related activities more private, I suggest you go to...

www.Lavasoft.com (http://www.Lavasoft.com) and download the latest version of Adaware. It's a free Spyware removal program.

Another good free Spyware removal program is "Spybot Search and Destroy" It is available at...

http://www.safer-networking.org/ The first time you run either, you will be amazed how many people are tracking you! :o Don't forget to clean up your temp internet files, regular cookies and history frequently too!!!

Fish :)

01-07-2004, 03:36 PM
I use the Spybot-Search & Destroy program. And I agree with you how amazed I was when I first ran it and found out how much crap was on my computer! >:(

01-07-2004, 03:50 PM
Gee Fish I had no idea. I got in the habit of deleting temp files every week when I had my Satellite modem,just ran better.

01-07-2004, 04:28 PM
Thanks guys I had no idea about this stuff. I had 158 problems.

01-07-2004, 06:07 PM
No problem BD. Which program did you use?

Both of them actually quaranteen problems so you can reverse the operation if it causes any problems with normal functioning of any programs. :)

I figure if nothing else they would somehow use the info gathered to classify us as pornophiles and bombard us with even more spam. ::)

pimp fluid
01-07-2004, 06:45 PM
First time poster, anyways I used Adaware and Spybot to get this crap off my computer almost everyday intill I changed my browser to Netscape sence then no spyware problems at all. You may also want to checkout Mozilla at or Mozilla Firebird at any of these's browser's should help keep spyware of your computer, Internet Explorer just has to many security issues.

01-07-2004, 07:05 PM
I clean cookies, history, temp internet files etc. I assumed that was sufficient. I guess the upside for me is that I only chat on my puter at work and since I own the company who's gonna be checking up on me?


01-08-2004, 11:16 AM
I guess the upside for me is that I only chat on my puter at work and since I own the company who's gonna be checking up on me?


If you really want to know, take 10 minutes to download and run one of the programs. As much as you surf, I'll bet you find close to 500 little bits of spyware planted on your computer. :P

01-08-2004, 02:56 PM
I found 539 the first time I ran ad-aware. Getting rid of that junk on a regular basis has saved me the expense of a RAM upgrade.

01-09-2004, 04:53 AM
I just added, during the past month, spy guard, spy bot, zone alarm, and a up to date virus protection program free from AVG.

I got rid of all my pop ups, 5 viruses, a few hijackers but couldn't sniff out the morpins. So, last night I downloaded free, CW Shredder.

Everything is clean for now.

01-30-2004, 02:21 AM
I use Sbybot and Adaware both. I despise the idea of any proggys i have running "phoning home" and letting anyone know my surfing habits.

02-13-2004, 06:12 PM
i use adaware also. I didn't know that the cute 'n' cheery Bonzi I used to have to greet me on my desktop every day was a friggin' spy! >:( I got rid of his hairy purple ass in no time!

02-14-2004, 12:15 AM
I use three spyware programs and one industrial strength anti virus plus a hardware router firewall. Does find problems Adware doesn't.

First of all I use spy sweeper. This is kind of a lightweight program that gets inocous cookies. Then I use adware professional 6.1 by Lava soft. This gets some things none of the others get.

I am most impressed by Spybot with the optional java script blocker. The other two programs said I was clean and Spybot found over 50 malwares, cookies, and browser
redirection programs. Since becoming aware of this little scam by web sites that could be used to steal an identity,
"I am not amused."

In addition my software security consultants also put me in the corporate edition of norton with real time monitoring for trojans and virus programs. I now run four programs on a daily basis. Some of them are set to check each day and update each day by themselves.

The more annoyed inter net users out there like me, the less money these ID theft guys and malware guys are going to earn when we pull all the stops out to stop them on our systems.

charging 25 to 50 cents per e mail sent paid by the sender would cut spam down by about 75 per cent also.

05-30-2004, 11:17 AM
Hi Everyone:

I recently decided to change ISPs. Earthlink was charging $50 a month for DSL. SBC Yahoo and Comcast were advertising rates for high speed access at least $20 a month cheaper. After canceling my Earthlink account, I was told they wouldn't have DSL off my phone line for 7-10 working days. ::) I had to have internet access even if it was a temporary dial up account. :) AOL and SBC Yahoo were offering free trials so I downloaded and installed both companies software. While I was at it, I downloaded a 30 day trial of the latest version of Spam Killer. I should have backed up C drive prior to each install. ::) At the very leasy, I should have scanned for spyware and viruses after each install. Live and learn. :P I also have the latest version of Zone Alarm Pro. ;D Without even having a connection SBC was trying to access the net. WTF? Access denied thanks to Zone Alarm. I used all the new software for a couple of days. Then I ran Adaware. No Spyware found. I ran Spybot. No Spyware found. I ran Norton anti-virus. Whoa!!! It found Spyware in the form of Adware.IPinsight. This little bugger collects data filled in on forms on the internet and transmits it back to a central server. Unfortunately Norton's directions for removal did not fit this version of the spyware. It did give me enough clues to find out who planted it through the registry. It was the SBC Yahoo Connection manager. I uninstalled their software and the threat was gone. I still use their phone numbers and connect with the XP connection software. If you value your privacy, you can't be to careful.

05-30-2004, 10:19 PM

Everything you want in a guide... and less.

09-23-2005, 11:50 PM
I'm a big fan of spy sweeper.
I've used ad-aware, hijackthis, spybot, and countless others simultaneously, delted temp files, and also hacked at the registry manually (I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS FOR NON-EXPERIENCED COMPUTER USERS) but yeah, Spy Sweeper caught things I STILL couldn't find, and none of my other programs found them either. Unfortunately it's only a 30 day trial and then you have to buy it, but even then! It's worth it!

10-30-2005, 01:18 PM
I second spy sweeper, I've been pretty impressed with it. I mean the myriad of programs you have to get to do what spyware sweeper is doing could take an hour of time, thats almost worth the 30 bucks.