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Spyware ???

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Z3PR, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    What is it ??? What does it do ??? Why should I be concerned about it ??? How do I get rid of it ???
     
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    Also called adware, spyware is any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers.
    Spyware is similar to a Trojan horse in that users unwittingly install the product when they install something else. A common way to become a victim of spyware is to download certain peer-to-peer file swapping products that are available today.

    Aside from the questions of ethics and privacy, spyware steals from the user by using the computer's memory resources and also by eating bandwidth as it sends information back to the spyware's home base via the user's Internet connection. Because spyware is using memory and system resources, the applications running in the background can lead to system crashes or general system instability.

    Because spyware exists as independent executable programs, they have the ability to monitor keystrokes, scan files on the hard drive, snoop other applications, such as chat programs or word processors, install other spyware programs, read cookies, change the default home page on the Web browser, consistently relaying this information back to the spyware author who will either use it for advertising/marketing purposes or sell the information to another party.

    Licensing agreements that accompany software downloads sometimes warn the user that a spyware program will be installed along with the requested software, but the licensing agreements may not always be read completely because the notice of a spyware installation is often couched in obtuse, hard-to-read legal disclaimers.
     
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    use this to get rid of it /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]I always did it the hardfangled old fasion way of opening a PID viewer, finding errant processes, killing them, then back tracking them to the source, deleting them, and then editing the registry... wonder how well that one works.
     
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    use this to get rid of it /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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    That's an older version, he should try here for the newer one, it works better. I scanned my puter with that one and it showed I had 3 items. I installed the newer version and I had like 37 show up! /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

    [/ QUOTE ]I'm not even 1/2 way done, and its already found 110 items... no wonder this stupid thing crashes 1 out of every 2 reboots...

    Edit: it finished by finding 217 total problems, then crashing through an illegal operation/runtime error, and then BSoD. I'm impressed*






    *(unimpressed**)












    **(Impressed***)









    ***(al Quada)
     
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    Holy crap! 217.... /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

    I told you to stop going to those porn sites man! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    ... stop... going to.... Porn.....

    <font color="Red">NEVER!!!</font> /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif/forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
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    Looks like I didn't have it as bad as some people. I only had 48. It's gone now. Thanks !!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Definetely use ad aware and if you use Kazza to download all your crap may I suggest downloading Kaza Lite. Its exactly like Kazza but without all the spy crap and advertising. I run ad aware a few times a month. Its a great program. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I already use KaZaA Lite. But yeah, I'm going to run the Ad-aware 6.0 atleast once a week to keep ontop of it.
     
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    don't forget to download the newer deffinition files... I reran it after I downloaded the new deffinitions, and it popped up with another 145...

    -Rich
     

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