View Full Version : getting rid of spyware??
08-08-2002, 01:25 PM
hi there, is there any good websites i can go to that will take the spy ware off of my computer, in a simple way? (in other words, i dont have to be a computer expert to figure it out)
08-08-2002, 01:33 PM
ad aware is cool. so are most of the unpopular antivirus vendors. you can download a free antivirus 30 day demo at www.fsecure.com
better yet, hack your own computer. click on c:\program files, and take a gander at whats in there. anything you didn't install, can probably go.
check your control panel / add-remove programs as well. are there software programs in there that you didn't install? well, get rid of em =)
...wanders off muttering about anti-spyware apps that install spyware...
08-08-2002, 01:34 PM
so an antivirus program will get rid of spyware? will norton do it?
08-08-2002, 01:36 PM
adaware, first thing he mentioned :)
its free too.
you might have to reboot before you can get rid of everything.. often if i havent run it in a long time, i can delete most stuff, but still have to reboot to get the last chunk.
08-08-2002, 01:57 PM
don't trust norton or mcafee. don't trust an antivirus vendor who's profits are driven by the long-term continuation of viruses. don't trust a vendor who releases multiple versions of a patch, for multiple versions of the same virus...rather than actually addressing the actual exploit.
08-08-2002, 02:18 PM
uhh i dunno about that...mcafee i wouldnt trust, but in my job i talked to over 100 IT managers about anti virus software, and alot of them seem to like norton just fine...anyways, my computer is now spyware free! (hopefully) thanks guys!
08-08-2002, 04:08 PM
thats a good point, and I value and appreciate your input but I'm an IT guy as well, and I just don't trust Norton. not in a conspiratorial way, but more in a "gee, those bunch of reactionaries in suits really don't *get* it, do they?"
see, I also eat. and I'd imagine that 75% of the eaters in America will tell you they enjoy McDonald's. this is a good analogy for Norton.
all I'm saying is, don't trust a huge company that receives profits by making continuous "minor repairs" to common major problems. norton will continue to be a huge corporation, as long as viruses continue to propogate. norton issues tiny little hackish repairs, not blanket fixes which prevent further future damage.
anyway, my friend just came over, so I gotta go. he's a "car person"
08-10-2002, 02:30 PM
The best person to ask would probalby haveta be Bennet. He runs WWW.Peacefire.org
This guy is one smart cookie, and although he mostly only knows about censurware, Im sure he could tell you how to fix yer problem. hope that helps !!!
08-12-2002, 11:20 PM
In any case, most spyware is directly sent to your temporary internet files anyway. 99.9% of the time spyware has ever been deleted, it's been in temp. internet files.
Simply go to your control panel, select internet options, click delete files.
Also, if you want to delete unwanted/un-needed cookies, from that menu select settings... , select view files... , and have at it.
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