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 Cautiously Fishing
Joined: 10/10/2005
Msg: 76
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You can add a #4 to your download area:

.4 Download and use an alternative browser such as
user friendly, ability to block pop-ups, uses alot less resources than IE, tons more secure.
 Dei Gratia
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 77
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Posted: 11/2/2005 5:57:35 PM
Browser security report:
Opera 0 | Netscape 0 | Safari 2 | Mozilla 3 | Firefox 3 |Internet Explorer 20
E-mail program security report:
PocoMail -no security report?- | Outlook 1 | Thunderbird 1 | Outlook Express 6
Operating System security report:
Apple Mac OS X 1 | Windows XP Home 23 | Windows XP Pro 26

0 - 86 = the number of known patches needed for each.
Joined: 11/4/2005
Msg: 78
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Posted: 11/9/2005 9:55:43 PM
I just use and old pc with SmoothWall Express (free) as a firewall, with 2 nic cards. SmoothWall Express is an open source firewall distribution based on the GNU/Linux operating system. A heck of alot more secure then any program and \or window's system. Requires absolutely no knowledge of Linux to install or use.
Joined: 1/29/2005
Msg: 79
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Posted: 12/12/2005 6:30:37 AM
free online scan spyware scan and download shreder
 Dei Gratia
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 80
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Posted: 12/15/2005 11:26:50 AM
The Opera 8.5 web browser
just became free, offered without the ads. As Opera's site is fairly scarce on details,
BetaNews and CNet provide a few more tidbits as to why Opera is now offered without ads, licensing fees, or registration. (Premium support is still available at $29 per year.)

Interestingly, the timing could be fortuitous, given this CNet article published two days ago: "Symantec: Mozilla browsers more vulnerable than IE". (Yes, that's not a misprint.)

Browser security report:
Netscape 1 | Opera 1 | Safari 2 | Firefox 3 | Mozilla 4 |Internet Explorer 21

E-mail program security report:
PocoMail -no security report?- | Outlook 1 | Thunderbird 1 | Outlook Express 6

Operating System security report:
Apple Mac OS X 1 | Windows XP Home 24 | Windows XP Pro 27
Joined: 10/6/2004
Msg: 81
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Posted: 12/17/2005 3:53:07 PM
I have addaware,spybot run them daily. I keep getting attacked
by Winfixer. Offering anti spy software. Can anyone offer any help?
or have same problem?
 Dei Gratia
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 82
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Posted: 12/17/2005 10:30:41 PM
May I suggest things you may not have tried.

1. try the following on this site.
Please be sure to read all about HiJack This there is a link directly to it there the site is called Merlin...
All the best.
 Dei Gratia
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 83
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Posted: 12/22/2005 11:25:39 AM
I am not aware of this website you are referring to. and if you say you are getting a constant infection why have you not been able to find the error yet?

Landzdown..... I suggest you go look in to security sites of the know from ASAP and use their advice regarding Security issues. Do not use just any site my friend.

ASAP stands for the Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals.
If you see the ASAP logo or banner used by a site, bulletin board, or person, you can be assured that you're getting the best support and assistance possible, as the combined efforts of all ASAP members are involved in helping everyone, and ASAP won't give up until your important investment is safe and clean.
 Dei Gratia
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 84
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Posted: 1/8/2006 4:20:00 PM
If you keep getting infections then I would say there is something really wrong with your computer my friend.

First always do windows updates, then install only known GOOD spyware cleaners, as mentioned here.

Then be sure none of these BAD ones are on your computer.....

Clean your PC as best you can
You should also scan and clean your computer with whatever anti-virus program you happen to have installed on your computer. If you don't have an anti-virus program, you can scan your computer with one of these online anti-virus scanners:

Visit a spyware removal forum
Other Anti-Spyware Tools I request that you post a HijackThis! log. HijackThis! (HJT) is a free program that will scan key system settings on your PC and generate a plain text log that you can copy and paste into a post. Once you've cleaned your PC as best you can, visit one of the following spyware removal forums:Only after running HJT program:You can DL HijackThis from HERE
# Save the zip file to your desktop. Then create a new folder on your C drive, called either 'HJT or 'HijackThis' and extract the files to that folder. Right click on the "" to extract the files. If your running Win 98 or before google winzip. The reason for installing it into its own folder is that when you have it 'Fix' anything that a trained HJT analyst has asked you to 'Fix', HJT makes backups and puts them into that folder which we can access easily, should we need to do so for recovery. [u]Do not, in any instance use HJT to fix anything yourself[/u]. One wrong item removed, and you can paralyse your box. Let us do it in the forums. Now your ready to post your log into
The volunteers at the above forums will examine that HJT log and recommend a course of action to fix your PC.
Each forum has its own set of instructions and procedures for requesting help and posting a HJT log, so abide by the requirements of the forum you're visiting. Also, do not attempt to use HJT on your own to fix problems. Let one of the expert volunteers examine your HJT log and advise you on what to fix.
- Start a new discussion topic/thread.
- Give your discussion topic/thread a distinctive title.
- Describe the symptoms and problems you're experiencing.
- Describe what you've already done to solve the problem.
- Copy and paste your HJT log into your post.
- Be patient while waiting for a response.

Note that some of the forums listed above may require you to register for free before posting.
Once a volunteer does give you advice for cleaning your PC, follow those instructions precisely and report back what the results are. Also, you may be asked to download and run other specialized anti-spyware tools to remove the particular spyware that's on your computer.

The volunteer spyware busters who work these anti-spyware forums do this kind of thing all day long, so you'll be in good hands. At times they can be a bit overwhelmed, so please be patient while waiting for help.

In order to help you clean your system, the volunteers at these anti-spyware forums need a good sense for what's going on with your computer. When you're ready to post and request help...

Really what this is telling you is that there is more on your system than you are aware of. Get the people from A.S.A.P. to assist you.

For if your not aware as to what Spyware is really or the very many different forms of it read this.....

Joined: 8/17/2005
Msg: 85
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Posted: 1/20/2006 12:59:32 PM
a month or so ago...I spent 1/2 a saturday on the phone and pc with a chic friend.
she thought that she needed a new computer. lol
took me extra time because she uses xp and I'm a 98 and ME kinda guy...
but, a 4 or 5 hour story short....once I got the wrong crap that her fr's had told her about off there....and the right crap (doggienerd jargon) downloaded onto her puter (hours cause it was so slow)...and she finally ran spybot...she removed nearly 950 problems.
I can't remember what she was using as a "pay for" anti-virus...but, it had zero spy-ware protection. Spybot rules. She was amazed how her puter worked after that.
Pandaware has a pretty good, free virus-scan too. It will detect spyware...but, it doesn't automatically remove it.

I found spybot to find and remove problems that ad-aware didn't even detect. All updates were current. I'm not geek enough to know if it is because I'm using ME.
Joined: 10/6/2004
Msg: 86
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Posted: 1/20/2006 3:30:03 PM
i have heard macintosh computers are safer then pc,s microsoft.
i need to buy a new computer for my 13 year old daughter.
any suggestion,s?
Joined: 12/6/2005
Msg: 87
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Posted: 1/21/2006 11:25:42 AM
I had Apple for years. I have never had hardware problems. Apple are resistant to virus, and resistant to hacker.
They have the best security on market. It BSD Unix based and that mean it is stable.

Internet Security Barrier Platinum Edition - Single-user license, it has best rating by Macworld
Internet Cleanup 3 it best rating rating by Macworld
 Godless Heathen
Joined: 10/7/2005
Msg: 88
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Posted: 1/25/2006 7:49:43 PM

Ever since I ran it my PC problems became worse. It took 5 1/2 hrs to do a scan and detected NOTHING. I get the feeling it spent all that time opening gateways to spyware, trojans and worms instead of destroying them. I ran Ewido and it found 167 problems. Thankfully I was able to restore my PC to factory settings and start clean again!
I was going to reinstall Norton but I got a prompt instructing me to disable windows firewall protection so I aborted.
 Dei Gratia
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 89
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Posted: 1/26/2006 1:11:41 PM
Godless Heathen
SPYBOT SEARCH AND DESTROY Do You Have the right Version

Try one has to be very careful of which Spybot S&D you get for one has been copied....
See this.....

Now you may be ranting abouting something you might not be fully aware of.
For try all these awards and then you could see you must of had a fake version.
There are another Nine links I could post for you if you wish but I think the point is you probably got the false one.


You Are going to be fine with Ewido
Newcomer of the year: ewido networks wins award for outstanding e-commerce performance
"The ewido security suite" generated a 2000% increase in active users and web site visitors, and is soon to be released as a corporate solution.
Free scan here...
But in Beta.
After yourr trial with this progrm you might be OK. Try to see what it is protecting you from, such as aactive X installs etc. Be sure you have all your windows updates and you should be fine.



"+" For those Apple/Mac users, Anti-Spyware for the Mac There are more questions from Mac users about anti-spyware. At this time, the only anti-spyware program that we know of for the Mac is: MacScan

Joined: 11/10/2005
Msg: 90
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Posted: 1/27/2006 10:40:23 PM
Help...My Norton is running out ..and I'm trying to download AVG..?..It looks like a temporary trial version...Which seems to be better AVG or Norton?...I'm not computer savy...? please help..i'm downloading the trial AVG will that be enough protection?..thanks
Joined: 11/10/2005
Msg: 91
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Posted: 1/28/2006 7:56:50 AM
Hi SaubleBeachMoo...thanks for the advice. I did the free AVG and the Ad-Ware (se version).
I tried to find the Java, under the control panel and couldn't really find that?!..Is it necessary to run all those software for protection? I'll look up firefox. And i agree with you on the outlook express, really I don't know much about it, but it is messed up on my puter, and it messed my friends up!!
Joined: 11/10/2005
Msg: 92
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Posted: 1/29/2006 11:48:02 AM
Hi Moo...also after I down loaded the AVG and the AD-ware...they keep sending me pop-up messages saying that I have the basic version of their software, but that my "Anti Viral wall" isn't working? Possibly they want me to upgrade for $. That's okay it's just that they have me worried that some kinda virus, or something can enter my system at this point!!??..I wonder if I should just go to Walmart and buy a Norton pack to solve all of this?...thanks so much for helping me...I really don't know about all this because when I bought this Dell, new last year, it came with a Norton pack already installed and I never worried about anything!!..
Joined: 7/15/2004
Msg: 93
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Posted: 2/20/2006 8:02:58 PM
Grab a program called CWShredder.... it is specifically targeted agains coolwebsearch...

Meddle not in the affairs of Dragons....
~~~Dragon Rider~~~
Joined: 7/15/2004
Msg: 94
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Posted: 2/21/2006 1:55:26 PM
And that someone was right... there are a couple of commercial ones that will nail it... but..

There is another, but I don't recommend it unless you REALLY know what your are doing...

Let me know how it turns out... if needed, I MAY be able to give you some long distance support..

Joined: 4/3/2006
Msg: 95
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Posted: 4/5/2006 5:28:03 PM
my ex hacked into my pof profile as well as yahoo and changed my access codes so I can't get into my own mail
Joined: 1/20/2006
Msg: 96
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Posted: 5/9/2006 5:55:50 PM
I've gotten rid of all types of spyware I've ever encountered until I got "Outer Info" aka 'oinnetwork'. I use Spybot, Ad Aware, Bazooka, Xoftsoft and but nothing I've ever encountered so far has been so doggedly persistant as this "Outer Info" spyware. What it does is display pop up ads at random intervals when I use my Explorer 6.0 browser. Outer Info even has a website that supossedly has an uninstall option. But it is a total fraud and only infects your pc even more!

Does anyone have any suggestions how I can clean this pest off my pc? I don't want to reinstall my operating system. I'm sure this malicious little bug can be defeated by deleting something in the registry that the above spyware applications are missing.

Has anyone gotten "Outer Info" and removed it?
Joined: 5/6/2006
Msg: 97
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Posted: 5/24/2006 4:09:32 AM
Here is a link that provide products that are of unknown, questionable, or dubious value as anti-spyware protection. So take a look to see if a new-to-you security product is listed on this page. You can find it by looking for it both by its name and by its home Web site.

Hope this can be of some
Joined: 12/6/2005
Msg: 98
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Posted: 6/28/2006 9:41:33 PM
I try a product call webtunnle it a proxies service with SSL socket.
If you have spyware they can not see you.
Joined: 6/13/2006
Msg: 99
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Posted: 7/22/2006 3:09:33 PM
Having worked within the IT industry for about the last 25 years, I'm intimately familiar with viruii, trojans, spyware and the like (collectively: malware)....

One of the most innovative products I've seen in the last little while is McAfee's Anti-Spyware Product.

Unlike most anti-spyware products, McAfee's Anti-Spyware doesn't just sweep your system periodically... actively monitors all running processes - and using heuristic algorithms, it actively tracks, contains and eliminates any activity that even resembles 'spyware'. In that it doesn't solely rely on signatures or fingerprints of 'known' spyware methods (like the other products), it helps protect you even against 0-day (brand new) threats.

I believe McAfee is offering a 30 eval of the product on their website...
...and no, I don't work for or sell McAfee products....

Good Luck
Joined: 9/16/2006
Msg: 100
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Posted: 9/27/2006 7:31:13 PM
Just a little additional advice.. If you ever come across a web page that says "You need to install this to view the page properly" just click no and surf away. Most likely it is their way of tricking you in to downloading and installing spyware/adware.

Always remember, nothing is free. Most software that is offered for free usually does more harm than good. There are a few exceptions, like AVG, ad-aware, Windows Defender, but usually when it is free, beware.

Finally, Internet Explorer 7 is now available, which is very similar to Firefox, including the tabbed browsing feature. The big difference is when a security hole is identified in IE it will be fixed with Windows update. If there is ever a security flaw in Firefox, you will need to get a new version, Windows update wont automatically fix it for you.

Happy Surfing :o)
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