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Protecting your computer

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 84_Chevy_K10, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Can anyone give me some tips on protecting my comptuer from spyware?

    I've already got Search and Destroy and Adware software, it just doesn't seem to be enough. Some stuff slips through.
     
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    Spybot was tested to be one of the best "current" programs for removing and watching for new Spy/Adware

    Spybot
     
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    Have you updated your Adaware? They have a new version 6.1 out now. It seems to work good for me.
     
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    i just got the spybot thing.....wow lots of stuff in there...lol
     
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    What OS are you running? XP seems to have an "open-door" policy...
    Check out Gibson Research . There's 4 apps that Steve Gibson wrote that are indispensable for XP users - DCOMbobulate, Shoot the Messenger, UnPnP, and XPdite. They're simple to use; download and follow instructions.
    Check out the rest of the site too; there's all kinds of good info about computer security, and a couple other apps that help you troubleshoot your firewall and ports.
     
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    dont
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    Stay away from all those porn sites.


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    You just have to learn what to install and what to avoid. If you download a "free" program, think about who is paying for it. Sometimes the answer is spyware.
     
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    ramjet gmc CK5 Staff Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    Stay away from all those porn sites.


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    dam i need a hobby now /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    Stay away from all those porn sites.


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    dam i need a hobby now /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    Here's a good hobby to research:

    I read an article once /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif that said the best porn can be found via NNTP!


    No popups
    No member fees
    Absolutely free

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    But, of course, those of us that have been around the Internet since the early 80's already knew that. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    But, of course, those of us that have been around the Internet since the early 80's already knew that.

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    How can that be /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
    Al Gore wasnt around until the 90's /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Haha, heres what ole Dubya said to that one-

    If Al Gore invinted the internet then why does every address begin with W?
     
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    The problem is that something has taken over my homepage. In the past, adaware software and the search function and good ol' delete has taken care of that. Not this one.

    I'm going to try the new software suggested.

    I am running Windows 2000. I don't like XP, I hate learning something new. I resisted '95 when it came out and had 3.1 for an extra year or two. Then I had 95, went straight to ME, that was total crap, upgraded to 2000 and I really like it. Way more stable than the old versions of Windows. My computers are too old to benefit from XP though I think.
     
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    2000 is way more stable than 95 or me because it is NT core, not legacy dos core.


    Are you saying that some program is consistently changing your homepage in IE? Or that your homepage (on a server) is getting changed?

    -- Mike
     
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    IE, but the new Adaware software wiped out whatever was causing the problem. I've regained control over my homepage. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Glad the update worked for you.
    I have had no problems since. I updated my Ad-Aware to the new version. My kids are always downloading stuff off the net and it keeps my comp pretty well protected from all that spy ware junk now.
     
  18. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Its back....
     
  19. TX Mudder

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    Two Suggestions:
    1. Check all your running processes. Make sure nothing is running that you don't want running. Most items are obvious like iexplore.exe but other legitimate processes you may have to google to find out what they are. I doubt you'll find anything out of the oridinary,b ut you need ot check.
    2. Delete the contents of your temp files. It is possible that in the temp folder there is a hidden IE plugin that is changing your homepage.

    If the above does not cure your problem, you may be stuck with a reinstall of windows. If you do a clean install then you would be guaranteed the behaviours would be gone.
     

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