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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:37 PM
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what is spyware and why is it on my computer?
or so a pop up said...so what the heck is that pop up doing rummaging around in my computer?

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lcordero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:43 PM
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1. spyware takes information about your surfing habits and whatever
kind of identifying information your computer has and sends it to it's "home".
Some of the spyware is not particularly computer-friendly. My brother has had issues with GAIN/gator causing blue screens and causing reboots.

Try using adaware, you'll find it here:
http://download.com.com/3001-2144-10214379.html
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:45 PM
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2. thanks! n/t
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oxycontinrush Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:46 PM
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3. Ad-aware is great
I recommend it to everyone.
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Pale_Rider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:53 PM
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7. Actually Spybot appears to be better ...
... in a side-by-side comparison. Spybot was able to detect other varieties of spyware that Ad-aware missed. Also Spybot has an auto-immunize feature that prevents spyware from embedding itself. Its a must to have either Ad-aware or Spybot on your system these days.
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 04:04 AM
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9. Agreed. I like Spybot much better...
n/t :kick:
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Norbert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:30 AM
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16. Tried Ad-aware and Spybot.
My preference is spybot since it did a more effective job of ridding spyware on my PC. Spybot also had a link to Spyware Blaster on their web-site. Before doing this my PC was running slow on the Internet.

I run both of them a couple times a week and run my anti-virus program every time I boot up.
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:17 AM
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14. I use both
AdAware and Spybot work well together. And each detects things the other doesn't.
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:25 PM
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8. I'm Not A Big Fan Of Ad-Aware
It likes to interrupt my time with DU to send error reports.
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NaMeaHou Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:47 PM
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4. Thou art evil
or so I hear.

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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:48 PM
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5. Spyware plants cookies all over your computer to send out information.
When you download programs that you think are "cute" or when you visit websites or when you subscribe to some websites they plant these stupid cookies that constantly send messages back to their "host" about when you are on-line, what websites you visit, and things like that.

Go out on the web and get the program SpyhunterS and run it. You'll be shocked at how much crap is on your computer.
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illini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:51 PM
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6. You will also need spybot.
It picks up some things that ad-aware doesn't and virsa versa.
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 06:10 AM
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10. again, thanks.
computers are as bad as telephones and door-to-door salespeople these days,as far as getting unwanted solicitations and knocks on your door.

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DiverDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 07:23 AM
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11. Go to
www.pcpitstop.com

I have been using it for 2 years, gives you tweaks to improve performance and searches out and identifies spyware.
Then gives instructions to remove it.
All around good site.

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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 08:44 AM
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12. You don't necessarily have spyware.
Edited on Wed Oct-08-03 08:45 AM by FlaGranny
That popup is just a popup - advertising their product by scaring you into thinking you have spyware. :-) That's not saying you don't have spyware, though, but if you want to be safe, get spyware protection.

Edit: grammar
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:19 AM
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15. It's a bogus pop-up
I've gotten it even after running AdAware.

Do NOT click on this pop-up (as you all know). Chances are, it will probably install more spyware.

Get AdAware, Spybot and Norton. All three detect various forms of spyware/malware.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 08:57 AM
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13. Stupid question:
Is spyware a big issue for Mac users?
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FDRrocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:43 AM
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17. It's a virus
Edited on Wed Oct-08-03 09:43 AM by FDRrocks
and you probably have it. It installs itself without notifying you, runs programs in the background that you don't want running, and cause dog the performance of your computer. Ad-Aware is a gem.
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