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Old 12-22-2001, 09:13 PM
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Spyware Remover

There is a neat, and free, little program you can download by going to ZD net downloads, called Ad-Aware which will remove spyware programs from your computer. Spyware programs report back to their host server at intervals and can send a lot of information about your browsing habits and so forth out into the "brave new digital world". If you have ever downloaded free programs or gone to sites which use these programs, you got 'em. While not a virus, they can cause intermittent slowdowns in your computers internet activity as they "grap" for time to report in. Anyhow, go on over to ZD net downloads and check it out if you are interested. Tom


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Old 12-22-2001, 10:06 PM
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I use and recommend Ad-Aware. Just be careful to review its results before you tell it to delete. It is a safe and very useful program.
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Old 01-02-2002, 10:37 AM
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My computer guru (son) told me about this a few months ago and I installed it. It's amazing what it finds and gets rid of. Super little programme.
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Old 01-02-2002, 12:16 PM
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I had 32 infected files It was no wonder I was getting so much junk....and I mean junk x yuk. I signed up for the free trial version of cute ftp and then started getting all this junk mail...hmmmmm. Thanks again for that recommendation. I have a question, I didn't go thru the files before I deleted them and I saw somewere that it deleted gozilla/or gozilla wouldn't work if.... I wish I knew what I was talking about here....anyway, what is gozilla and if I deleted something important how would I get it back ( I haven't gotten the go back program yet, darn it!)

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Old 01-02-2002, 12:30 PM
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The only programs which would be affected would be ones which have the "spyware" module as an integral part of the main program, mostly of the freeware variety. Gozilla is a download assist program which is so-so, in my opinion only I hasten to add. There should be some info at the Ad aware site to fill in around the edges, as it were. I believe that in order to get a program to work that has been disabled by having its spyware removed, you would have to uninstall then re-install the program spyware included. Tom
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Old 01-02-2002, 12:30 PM
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So how exactly do you make sure it singles out the bad stuff and not the good ones you want to be connected with? Or is this a certain kind of underhanded trick only the bad sites use that it detects and cleans? OK so I'm not real big on the technical lingo but I think you get my meaning.
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Old 01-02-2002, 12:33 PM
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It's pretty easy, since most of the stuff is titled in plain English. If it says "casino" or "hot porn" or something like that, it's a pretty safe bet you want it to go. If it says something about one of your necessary or favorite sites, let it stay. If in doubt, keep it or investigate.

But I found nothing it wanted to delete that I wanted. It's just good general advice to be careful, though.
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Old 01-02-2002, 12:38 PM
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Thanks. It does peak my interest since I've been getting some pretty raunchy e-mail and don't know why. Guess it's worth at try.
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Old 01-02-2002, 12:38 PM
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You get a list of the sites and it's pretty obvious which ones are unwanted. You can exclude any you think you might want (?) and delete the rest. Here is a screenshot of what I've collected in only a week.
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Old 01-02-2002, 12:40 PM
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Your making me laugh here....I have a hard time even saying some of the stuff that ad aware found! I always think....what if something happened to me and all these freaky program files were found on my computer LOL! I was blaming the cute ftp freeware but now have tried to use my neomail in my website server area and says that I cannot access because the cookies were missing or something like that. Maybe my host server is the one with the spyware, I got the junk the same time as I signed up with them, used the ftp program.....just wondering?
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