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sin
13th October 2004, 07:59 PM
Is there any program that I can get that prevents spyware from getting on my comp? I know the removers of spybot and adaware... But I'm just sick of waiting 1-2 hours just to check for spyware and other stuff. (yes my comp is that slow) So I'm just looking for a good spyware preventer... I heard of spyware blaster... But the thing is it doesn't work that well... Do I need to keep it running while surfing the web, or can I have it closed and it still works?

But anyway any good spyware preventers? (anti-spyware programs)

P4R14H
13th October 2004, 09:25 PM
Is there any program that I can get that prevents spyware from getting on my comp? I know the removers of spybot and adaware... But I'm just sick of waiting 1-2 hours just to check for spyware and other stuff. (yes my comp is that slow) So I'm just looking for a good spyware preventer... I heard of spyware blaster... But the thing is it doesn't work that well... Do I need to keep it running while surfing the web, or can I have it closed and it still works?

But anyway any good spyware preventers? (anti-spyware programs)
http://www.safer-networking.org (SpyBot Search and Destroy.)
http://www.net-integration.net/tools/spywareblaster.html (Spyware Blaster. works well with Spybot)
http://www.lavasoftusa.com (Adaware)
http://www.snapfiles.com (Has a lot of different programs that may help)
I hope this helps you :)
I think there is also a page in these forums specifically for these programs, but I'm not sure, good luch anyway :)

P4R14H
13th October 2004, 09:27 PM
PS: Spybot works a lot better if it is set up in the Advanced mode, it picks up a lot more stuff and Spyware blaster immunises your PC against stuff even getting on there in the first place (sorry, I didn't read your post fully before putting in those links)

Flocito
13th October 2004, 11:16 PM
There are also different browsers that you can use that will not be susceptible to the automatically installing spyware like IE is. One example would be Firefox. (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/)

G-nome
14th October 2004, 06:26 AM
A related question:

Does anybody know how to remove that #$%& MySearch bar from IE?

Flocito
14th October 2004, 09:47 AM
A related question:

Does anybody know how to remove that #$%& MySearch bar from IE?

To remove it from your computer:

1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, select the 'My Search Bar' (MySearch variant), 'MyWay Speed Bar' (MyWay) or 'My Web Search Bar' (MyWeb) entry and click 'Remove'. For the MyWeb variant, be sure to also remove 'Fun Web Products Easy Installer'.
2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools > Internet Options, reset your home page (General > Home Page) and search settings (Programs > Reset Web Settings).(Internet Options->General->Start Page) if it has been changed, and search settings (Internet Options->Programs->Reset web settings).

Source (http://www.spyany.com/program/article_spy_rm_MySearch.html)

Burner
14th October 2004, 12:14 PM
I know most people probibly don't have access to this but I just got my hands on Mcafee Virus Scan Enterprise 8.0i (http://www.mcafeesecurity.com/us/products/mcafee/antivirus/desktop/vs.htm) through my school and it seems to actually do a pretty good job stopping both spyware and viruses from being installed. Also like recommended above running an alternate web browser (i.e. Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/)) is really one of the best ways to keep spyware off your system.

BiZzy-BoNe
18th October 2004, 02:09 AM
go to this link: http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads.php and you will find 3 categories named:

2a.) Programs to detect and remove spyware
2b.) Programs to prevent the installation of spyware
2c.) Programs to erase computer and/or internet usage history

and click at a category you like. but remember some programs that are listed cost money (most of them are free ;) )

sin
22nd October 2004, 10:53 PM
Eh..... I am cheap. So I need a good FREE-WARE anti spyware program. Can you state your opinion on which is best. I am just lazy and stupid to figure out which is better than the other.

Burner
22nd October 2004, 11:39 PM
Personally I prefer Adaware (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/) over Spybot (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html) but running both regularly is not a bad idea (often one catches a few things the other didn't). Both of these programs are completely free for personal use. Just be sure every time before you run a scan in either program to update their definition files. In Adaware there is a link to do this at the bottom right hand side of the main screen and there should be a fairly clear update button in spybot as well. Now to avoid getting more stuff in the future don't use garbage p2p programs (i.e. Kazaa, morpheous, aries, limewire, etc), be careful about what other programs you download and install, and finally as recommended above once you get your system clean use Firefox (http://www.getfirefox.com) or another alternate browser of your choice in place of IE. You will be amazed how much less crap shows up on your system.

ubidoob
23rd October 2004, 12:21 AM
ZONEALARM!!!

It's free and it works wonders. No spyware, not viruses... For being a completely free program, it is a miracle worker.

I also have Google Toolbar v2.0 right now too. Really handy...

I actually haven't used Ad-Aware in a little while now because my computer hasn't been getting bombarded. Seriously- ZoneAlarm is wonderful. Not ZoneAlarm Pro, that costs money, but ZoneAlarm the basic program. It's free on their website.

www.zonelabs.com

Perad
23rd October 2004, 12:02 PM
I had a TIB Browser on my computer today, a nasty bit of spyware that allow's remote access... it was funny because i couldn't type, well i could but random shift's and letter's appeared.

This is why you MUST have spyware.

I use Spywareguard which intercepts large amounts of it. And Ad-ware 6.0 to scan my comp with. Both are freeware i believe