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I have just finished doing a 'Spam-check' on my computer using the free scan
online software 'Spyware Doctor' and it as detected 226 infections? I have
also scanned using my usual Spam-Ware 'Ad-Aware SE' and 'Spybot Search and
Destroy', and they both show a clean computer? The Spyware was recommended
by the Gadget TV program last night, so I thought I would give it a try as I
had just cleaned my computer of two viruses. The Spyware Doctor Software
costs 19.95 to download online. Is it worth a using or a waste of money?
Thanks for any advice.

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See this:

Ron :)

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Ron Lopshire wrote:

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   Does not work; gotta be a subscriber to *them*.

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Robert Baer wrote:

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Sorry about that. When I click that link using Netscape 7.2, it opens
in my browser. It shows the a.p.s post, even though I am not able to
follow the thread, of course, but I can use it to find the thread in
my newsreader if I want. I have never had much luck with NG links.

I will repost the info here in a.c.a-v. Note that the more evolved
amoung us, such as Heather, probably don't need any of this stuff. ;)

When combating spyware, the multi-layered approach appears to be most
popular. Note that this is not true with respect to AV applications or
Personal Firewalls, one of each will do just fine. Here are a few
links that I have put together.

Some popular anti-spyware apps:

MSAS Beta - real time protection, nightly scan
Spyware Blaster - site blocking
   (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html )
Spyware Guard - real time protection
   (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html )
Ad-Aware - on demand scanning, frequent updates
   (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware /)
a2 (a-squared free) - on demand scanning, frequent updates
   (http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free /)
Ewido Security Suite - on demand scanning, frequent updates
   (http://www.ewido.net/en/download /)
Spybot S&D - on demand scanning, frequent updates
   (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/spybotsd /)

All of the above are freeware apps, and most can be upgraded to a
professional version for a fee. Most payware anti-spyware apps are
about $30 USD, which includes a one or two year subscription. Among
the more popular pay applications are:

Spyware Doctor from PC Tools:
   (http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor /)
Spy Sweeper from Webroot:
   (http://www.webroot.com/consumer/products/spysweeper )
PestPatrol from CA (eTrust):
   (http://www.ca.com/products/pestpatrol /)

Use a HOSTS file for blocking malware sites. Many people in the
Security/Paranoia NGs use MVPs and/or hpGuru's HOSTS files together
with a HOSTS file utility like HostsMan or Hostess. Some general HOSTS
File Information:

Creating/Modifying HOSTS Files:

HOSTS File - BT Shagnasty
   (http://k75s.home.att.net/hostsfile.txt )
HOSTS File - Dan Pollock
   (http://someonewhocares.org/hosts /)
HOSTS File - Gorilla
   (http://www.accs-net.com/hosts /)
HOSTS File - hpGuru
   (http://www.hosts-file.net/downloads.html )
HOSTS File - Mike
   (http://www.everythingisnt.com/hosts.html )
   (http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm )
HOSTS File - Peter Lowe
   (http://pgl.yoyo.org/adservers /)
HOSTS File - Shorty
   (http://hostsfile.mine.nu /)

Each of the above sites provides a HOSTS file in addition to providing
a wealth of information about the use of a HOSTS file, DNS servers,
the DNS client, etc.

Managing the HOSTS File:

HOSTS File Utilities - CIP HOSTS file manager by Radsoft
   (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/cipfree.html )
HOSTS File Utilities - HiJackThis by Merijn
   (http://www.merijn.org/index.html )
HOSTS File Utilities - Hoster by Funkytoad
   (http://www.funkytoad.com/hoster.htm )
HOSTS File Utilities - Hostess by Ray Marron
   (http://www.raymarron.com/hostess /)
HOSTS File Utilities - HOSTS File Manager by MVPs
   (http://www.mvps.org/PracticallyNerded/SoftMain.htm )
HOSTS File Utilities - HOSTS Manager by Aldo Vargas
   (http://www.aldostools.com/hosts.html )
HOSTS File Utilities - HostsMan by abelhadigital
   (http://hostsman.abelhadigital.com /)
HOSTS File Utilities - Hosts Toggle by Mike Meyer
   (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/hoststoggle.html )

In addition to a HOSTS file, specific to MS IE:
   Eric Howes' IESPYAD:
     (https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/resource.htm#IESPYAD )
   Eric Howes' Enough is Enough!:
     (https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/resource6.htm )

A few caveats about using anti-spyware apps:

1) All anti-spyware apps (software and definitions files/databases)
MUST be kept current. Sources of update information (thanks FL) include:
   Newsgroup - alt.privacy.spyware
   Newsgroup - grc.news.latestversions
   (http://www.dozleng.com/updates/index.php?act=calendar )
   (http://www.filehippo.com /)
   (http://www.versiontracker.com/windows /)
   (http://cws.internet.com/updates/1-d.htm )

2) Keep your MS OS updated:

3) NEVER, EVER download any software from ANY site not authorized by
the software developer.

4) Some general anti-malware info:
      The best defense against crapware is Safe Hex:
        (http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html )
      Fighting malware:
        (http://shplink.com/misc/FAQ.htm )
      Eric Howes' site, the definitive word on spyware:
        (http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm )

Always check Eric's site before downloading/installing ANY
anti-spyware tools/applications.

Ron :)

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Heather confuses modernity (indoor plumbing) with evolution :)


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LOL!!  I forget what I said.  Was this the "wink wink" fellow??  He who
cruises salacious sites?
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Heather wrote:

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Not me, my wife keeps me on a short leash. FYI, in the a.c.a-v thread
"NOD32, Kaspersky, e-trust, or Avast?", you wrote:

"ROFL!!  That is because we are *more evolved*, wink wink!!"

in response to:

"Women don't seem to surf the same parts of the net that men do (if
you know what I mean - wink wink)"

Ron :)

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Ron Lopshire wrote:
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Thanks for allthose links - lots of great info.

I run Firefox almost all the time and I run Adblocker in FF
which allows me to block most of the ads that come through
and to choose which ones I block.

Is there a host file that just addresses sites containing
malware rather than also blocking ad type stuff?


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