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Joined: 9/16/2005
Msg: 126
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We already talked about this. The best program out there is Spybot Search & Destroy. The best browser is Mozilla Firefox. If you clear the cache every day and shut your system from the Start (legally), there should be no problem. But you never know with those brainy hackers... Have a zipdrive at hand to save your important files or a CD writer.
The problem is that users download dubious anti-malware programs that can actually harm the system by damaging the registry. So it's better to have just 1- maximum 2 proven programs and keep them updated on a weekly or monthly basis.
If something happens you can always reformat the hard drive. And if you have to do it, right after it's done, just download the Spybot Search & Destroy software
and Mozilla Firefox
Joined: 12/4/2006
Msg: 127
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Posted: 8/27/2008 10:27:46 PM
Year ago the government used to catch spyware companies that claimed thier product worked but actually was the problem. I was so impressed by the article. What impressed me the most was that at no time did they promote themselves. I went to their site and ran the 30 day freebie. It found a notn loader on my comp where all other failed. I purchased online the program and a few days later they sent me a backup cd in the mail. Which was another impressive feat. It really easy to use. One last recommendation is to run it in safe mode as well. You get to safe mode by pressing the key F8 a few times on boot up. If run most good ant virus program in safe mode it can catch loaders your computer would normally think you allowed in the start up operation. which could be the reason it is running slow!!!
Joined: 6/3/2004
Msg: 128
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Posted: 9/3/2008 6:16:48 PM
how to get rid of box that says congratulations you have won!

For most Browsers, install the either of following Hosts Files:

Related LinksĀ»:Mike's Ad Blocking Hosts File
Hostman Ad Blocking File

If you are using the Firefox Browser, double your Ad-Crushing Power:

Related Links:Firefox: How to block Ads
Joined: 6/3/2004
Msg: 129
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Posted: 9/3/2008 9:07:59 PM
How to remove specific users from searches?

There is no Plentyoffish Function to remove Specific Users from View, be it Search, E-mail, Viewed Me, My Matches, etc.

Related Links:Admin: Remove Users from Page Views
Admin: Adding something like that is easy
Admin: My Database is already over 100 Gigs
E-Mail: Top/Bottom Thumbnail Bar User Settings

You can use Third Party Utilities as an Add-on for your Firefox Browser to block specific Images.

You must be using the Firefox Browser to install the following Ad-Block Filters:
  • Adblock Plus
  • Remove It Permanently
  • Flashblock
  • NoScript

  • Then simply "right-click" on any Image,
    "left-click" < Adblock Image > and/or
    < Remove This Permanently > as
    shown to the right:

    And if you want Extra-Strength Anti-
    Spam Medicine, a super powerful
    Blocker safeguarding you from much
    of the Malware on the Net too, look
    no further than to:
    Hostsman Ad Blocking File<--- (Recommended for Advanced Users only.)

    Ad-Block Filters:Browsers: Firefox/Disable or Uninstall Add-Ons
    Host Files: How do they work

    Related Links:Annoying Advertisements
    Firefox: Adblock, Flashblock, Hosts Files, Advertising
    Joined: 10/13/2008
    Msg: 130
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    Posted: 11/5/2008 6:57:45 AM
    One site I have used in the past on at least 5 pc's and my laptops is it is free to use and gives step by step instructions.

    Utilize the search feature that is located on the left side of the screen (you have to scroll
    down to find it) I always type in trojans there and it will take you to the forum
    area that will show you how to get rid of trojans and spyware.

    you should keep your logs after running any of the programs and if you still
    can not get your pc to run right, upload the logs to their forum and one of the
    techies there will look at it and then tell you what needs to be done.
    I have not had any problems with any of the pc's after using them.
    and my sisters haven't either..

    Hope this helps and happy surfing everyone.
    Joined: 5/6/2008
    Msg: 131
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    Posted: 12/28/2008 6:06:51 PM
    Whenever I try to Im with someone I get a round circle with a line going through it and the box disappears. I have already tried to do everything suggested with allowing pop-ups from the toolbar. any suggestions as to how I can IM again?
    Thank you,
    Linney May
    Joined: 3/18/2005
    Msg: 132
    IMPORTANT --> Spyware - Popups, Homepage Changing, etc
    Posted: 1/7/2009 1:53:29 PM
    I have used Comodo firewall for quite some time now. I think its great. (BTW I'm a 25S in the army guard so I know a think ot two.. but thats it..haha) I also use the free version of Netwitness Investigator. Its a little complicated but it will show you where ALL your network connections are going in the world. The govt pays 20,000$ for the netwitness licence but YOU can get the free version... Run it before turning on Comodo and after and see a HUGE reduction in net trafic.
    Joined: 1/16/2009
    Msg: 133
    IMPORTANT --> Spyware - Popups, Homepage Changing, etc
    Posted: 1/23/2009 10:29:53 PM
    Fire fox>IE

    at the moment

    untill the viruses fo for fox
    Joined: 6/8/2007
    Msg: 134
    IMPORTANT --> Spyware - Popups, Homepage Changing, etc
    Posted: 1/31/2009 7:38:53 PM
    Anyone who gets malware in the form of viruses and spyware mostly asks for it without realizing it.

    Using Windows is like moving into the ghetto. Yes, you can buy a $300 computer, just like you can buy a $50,000 house in the crappiest of neighborhoods.

    Don't be surprised when your PC is infected regularly. Accordingly, don't be surprised when your house and car are broken into regularly.

    And, your only rebuttal is, "Your house cost you $400,000. I got mine for $50,000. Who is the real fool?"

    It's evident. The guy who paid $50,000 is the fool.

    AT&T used to say, back in the day, you get what you pay for. Enjoy PAYING for the ghetto.
    Joined: 6/8/2007
    Msg: 138
    IMPORTANT --> Spyware - Popups, Homepage Changing
    Posted: 2/13/2009 9:13:44 PM
    Malwarebytes is fantastic.

    Joined: 5/31/2008
    Msg: 139
    IMPORTANT --> Spyware - Popups, Homepage Changing
    Posted: 4/11/2009 8:44:34 PM
    Linux users such as myself tend to get very smug when reading these sorts of forums... but there are things we can do to be more secure too. I have my /home directory in a separate partition on my main PC... if the system goes down, I just format and reinstall without loosing any /home data. If /home goes down, I have it backed up, and I don't have to reinstall the system.

    ALL computers connected to the net should have an active firewall. The one with openSUSE seems to be pretty good, but that may just be aesthetics talking. Novell really know how to make things feel more secure.

    Apt-get means you almost never need to run a random program off the internet. Its essentially what the app store is providing for the Mac - a centralised location for software that brings a greater level of security and simplicity to installation.

    Flash is still the bane of internet existence. Running AdBlock Plus and NoScript on Firefox are a good start. using Gnash over the Adobe plug-ins WILL break some sites, but it's open-source and allows for a higher moral ground :)

    Telling someone 'Use Mac' or 'Use Linux' does not instantly give them the knowledge they need to be more secure online. It doesn't matter what OS you are running, sending your bank details to the nice god-fearing Nigerian in the email is going to leave you in the poo. When enough idiots come over to Linux, we'll get enough malware to exploit them :)
    Joined: 4/16/2009
    Msg: 140
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    Posted: 4/20/2009 11:14:10 AM
    Er, gonna have to disagree here. Microsoft Antispyware no longer exists, period. It's Windows Defender now. Anything with the name MS AntiSpyware2009 is actually a virus (a variant of AntiVirus2009, Antivirus360, Antivirus1, etc etc ad infintum).

    Spybot is fine, as is Ad-Aware, as is Defender. They all search in different ways, and find things the others don't.

    BitDefender is an AV/AS tool, and just like AVG's free AV it only offers partial coverage. It's free, you don't get all the goodies.

    SpywareBlaster is pure crap, and should be classified as Spyware all on it's own.

    I manually remove things with my job, and it's a lot faster than running 4389573298457293 scans. But, you have to know what you're doing.
    Joined: 12/21/2008
    Msg: 141
    IMPORTANT --> Spyware - Popups, Homepage Changing, etc
    Posted: 4/30/2009 8:17:44 AM
    Viruses and trojans are things that are not easy to remove
    You might run all the recomended programs above but they will come back if you still go to the same websites.
    They hide at times and may go for a week.
    To get a complete Free viruses Diagnostics services I recommend you call 613-212-2787 or visit for a Complete FREE VIRUS SCAN
    Joined: 12/21/2008
    Msg: 142
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    Posted: 4/30/2009 8:18:23 AM
    Viruses and trojans are things that are not easy to remove
    You might run all the recomended programs above but they will come back if you still go to the same websites.
    They hide at times and may go for a week.
    To get a complete Free viruses Diagnostics services I recommend you call 613-212-2787 or visit for a Complete FREE VIRUS SCAN
    Joined: 6/8/2007
    Msg: 143
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    Posted: 5/3/2009 7:25:21 AM
    The one tech guy provided some great information.
    1) Avast ( - great free anti-virus. It's moderately effective against other malware, such as spyware and adware.
    2) Malwarebytes ( - great malware remover, also free.

    I recommend rebooting into safe mode (pressing F8 at the spash screen when options appear).
    Then, in safe mode, run thorough scans from both Avast and Malwarebytes. When finished, do it again. Yes, I've seen things get picked up on the second (and even a third) run.

    Keep in mind, there is no 100% guarantee that, after all scans and removals are complete, that you are fully malware free. Only a full re-install can guarantee that.
    Joined: 5/10/2005
    Msg: 144
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    Posted: 5/13/2009 7:45:07 PM
    I agree with you fully. I fix computers on the side for extra money and 95% of my customers are due to spy ware. Very rarely do I see a virus but that is what they all think they have.
    Spy ware can cause more damage than a virus as it just stays in the back and you do not realize that you are infected. If you have a virus which I have only had one that was real in all my years then it will do more than slow you down it will crash your system and it takes someone that knows to get you back up without losing all your files.
    I see you suggest software that is good but I noticed you did not include AVG. This is free and probably the best anti virus and spy ware that is out there. It is free and takes care of itself by downloading updates and scanning computer daily. In my opinion and as far as I know the most widely used virus software out there it is in the top 3 programs.
    Norton and McAfee are useless the only thing they are good for is businesses as most employers do not allow you to use the internet for anything other than work.
    If you surf the net at all then you will have no protection at all from them. They are garbage and I can not believe they have the nerve to charge for their software.
    Ad-adware is another great free program I use it along with AVG. I used to use SpyBot again free but AVG has now included Spy ware.
    I say AVG and Ad-Aware and you will never have a problem at all.
    Joined: 4/22/2009
    Msg: 145
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    Posted: 5/20/2009 12:59:03 AM
    ....another way of blocking Ads & spyware, is using something call the HOSTS file, which some sites, such as contributor populate with all known malicious & ads sites & redirects them to ablack hole on your computer
    You might notice a delay when going to a new site of about a second, but it works perfectly
    The machnism, FYI, is when a web page tries to go to something like, it requets the page from a compuert plack hole on your PC ( & not the actual IP address for the nerds) & never the sites IP location
    Joined: 6/29/2009
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    Posted: 7/10/2009 4:38:30 PM
    i use nod32 from www. ive had this antivirus for the past year and it works great better then microsft antispyware and norton and wait its only 23 megabites. try it and it kiks microsoftos ass . and avast antivirus suks slows down pcs to much.
    Joined: 5/14/2008
    Msg: 147
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    Posted: 7/23/2009 4:10:44 PM
    I have worked with sites like geekstogo and TechSuportGuy, I helped people around the world clean their PCs of viruses, spyware, browser hjackers etc...
    This what I recommend to have save surfing experiences:
    1) do not use "internet Explorer" as your browser, marketing companies attack this browser most, 80% of PC users use IE. Use Mozilla, or opera, takes time to get used to, but much safer and user friendly. Learn how to override cookies. Allowing only the cookies you want gives you more control of your PC
    1a) if you insist on using IE, protect yourself well, learn how to override cookies, . Look into HostXpert, learn it, install it.

    2) you need an anti-spyware and anti-virus program of course, some are free some aren't.
    Norton products aren't any good, for a few reasons, it slows down the strongest of PCs, it doesn't play nice with anti-spyware programs and it isn't free. If you are the have to pay for anti-virus program type, use Nod32. If you are like me and love free stuff, then AVG is great, does it's job well, does not use much resources. And it's FREEE. I love dat word me.

    2a) SuperAntiSpyware is a great program, it catches a lot that others don't, like Smitfraud, vundo, you won't need 2 programs like Ad-Aware andSpybot, SaS does more then both combined

    3)You will need a good program to clean out your cookies, temp files, registry with a click of a button, ATF, very simple to use, but doesn't clean the registry, I use "Ccleaner".

    4)One thing I tell people is learn how to use "Task Manager" google this and learn it, here you can see what is running on your PC, kill it, you can re-start your PC when your taskbar suddenly disappeared etc..... Here you can look over at what is running, may not make sense, but if you google taskmgr.exe, which you will see when you open up the task manager, you'll find detailed info to it's origin and what it does. If you see a program exe that is not familiar, google and find if it's necessary or it's bad. Anytime you find a bad exe you want to remove right away. Spyware will re-install every time you re-start your PC, you need to identify in order to get rid of it properly. Tech sites give free help on cleaning any virus. Viruse and spyware are born daily, it's important to know your PC.

    5) Use an online spyware scanner, Panda Active Scan updates their files regularly, learn how to use, it's free to scan, but not free to delete, you can manually delete the bad files it finds, again google will help.

    6)If you have kids using a PC, you know just how quick a PC can be rendered useless. Run SaS every night, it'll save you a lot of headaches. Marketing groups target kid sites a lot, And of course stay off any porn sites and any sites that offer cracks.

    7)Important: keep your Jave updated, Vundo is nasty and difficult to remove, once you have updated Java, remove the old ones, Vundo is waiting to come in.

    I'm sure I forgot something LOL

    Happy and safe surfing!!!!
    Joined: 6/2/2009
    Msg: 148
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    Posted: 7/25/2009 8:03:03 AM
    Don't forget many free online spywares ....are actually spyware.

    I would only suggest using the one off of the homepage then deleting it thoroughly when you are done your cleaning.
    Joined: 5/14/2008
    Msg: 149
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    Posted: 7/25/2009 9:47:22 AM
    Here's a list of "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware products
    Joined: 6/29/2009
    Msg: 150
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    Posted: 9/8/2009 12:05:14 PM
    Your information on if the programs that you list are free


    Correct your info
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