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Old 08-31-2008, 23:58   #1
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Spyware woes...........GD IT NOT AGAIN

Ok guys Im not sure how to word this.

I just got done spending 3 1/2 hours crunching through my registry removing nasty entries and removing bs programs and files that I have no clue how they got installed. I have spoken great things about Spybot S&D's Teatimer and such until tonight where I found out that it either wasnt detecting or failing to prevent the installation of malicious software & registry entries and it resulted in really bad headache for me. It's kinda annoying when you remove entries that disable your taskmanager only for them to reappear and multiply dozens of times.........BAH!!!!!!

For the most part I've liked Teatimer and it's worked well for the longest until now. My faith is gone so the question is...............

What can you guys recommend as a utility for active/realtime blocking of malicious scripts/spyware and such that works 99.99999% of the time?

I'm royally pissed as this is the first time in a while that something has gotten into my system. It' is or was relatively secure against such invasions which is why I'm so shocked that this happened tonight.

Unite techies and find me a solution so I dont end up looking like the angry counterstrike nerd from that http://pwned.nl cartoon again
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Old 09-01-2008, 00:14   #2
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I run Spywareblaster in conjunction with Spybot S&D. Also run Adaware from time to time. No problems so far.
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Old 09-01-2008, 20:56   #3
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GMER, also HiJackThis.
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Old 09-01-2008, 21:28   #4
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AVG 8.0 is pretty good on it's own as it now incorporates spyware protections. The realtime protection for spyware blaster only works if you subscribe to it.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:19   #5
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All above suggestions are good. If I still ran Windows regularly, I would be using all of the above.

Based on my experience working tech support with college students, the simplest advice I can give is:

1. Don't use Internet Explorer, use FF or Opera. FF3 has the same functionality as IE7 plus the hotness of extensions and themes. And it imports your IE bookmarks on first install. IE is simply too tightly-woven into the OS right now; a bug in IE means your whole OS is likely at risk. Also, most viruses/malware are designed to attack vulnerabilities in the IE browser.

2. DON'T USE THE STANDARD AIM CLIENT! I can't count the users I've dealt with who had tight browser security, and get ravaged by an AIM exploit. Pidgin is a great alternative; it's free, faster and had no ads. Oh, and it has hot plugins and extensions too: http://www.pidgin.im/

3. Make sure your user account is NOT an admin account. Yes, that means to install programs you should have to log out of your normal user account and log into an "administrator" account. Windows likes make everyone an administrator, which is one reason Windows malware does so much damage, and can infect machines so thoroughly. If you get a virus while on an admin account, it automatically inherits your god-like computer rights. If you aren't constantly installing/reconfiguring stuff on your PC at the system level, then there isn't a good reason for you to be logged into an admin account anyway.

4. Be extra careful if/when browsing "naughty" websites. No, nobody wants to talk about it, but the second most frequent use of the internet is for pornography (#1 is shopping if you're curious). Those sites are also the most heavily infested with viruses (go figure). Make sure you aren't using IE if you anticipate your browser brushing past these unsavory sites...

I started doing the above four years ago, and haven't had a virus on a windows machine since. I only use Windows for gaming now; I don't have to worry much about my linux machines getting infected :-D
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:14   #6
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[QUOTE=d3athp3nguin;11191828]Be extra careful if/when browsing "naughty" websites. /QUOTE]

+ a gazillion!

My brother-in-law complains every few months that his PC will not work. I bring it home and spend hours cleaning all of the crap off it. I have no idea how this stuff gets past all of the AV/AS/AM I have installed.

I keep telling him to stay off the porn sites and he denies it. Apparently he doesn't think I can see where he's been.
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