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Spyware : What's your way of dealing with it?

Boycott

Soul Doubt
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I've used many techniques in the past, but my girlfriend's computer is messed up beyond belief... More spyware than you can count (i forgot the exact number from SB S+D but it was over 300 separate spyware types)... what i did with my computer was cleared out the registry using RegSeeker, used Teatimer (comes with Spybot S+D) to block any further additions to the registry and then threw up Microsoft Anti-spyware just for fun...

Whats your method to dealing with spyware?
 

Boycott

Soul Doubt
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last time i used adaware i accidently deleted some files i needed for startup :(
"always make a backup" they said... I didn't listen... Horribly day taht was
 

Descent

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www.bootdisk.com

Microsoft Windows 98
(c)1998-99 Microsoft Corp.

A:\>Format C:

WARNING! ALL DATA ON NON REMOVABLE DRIVE C:
WILL BE LOST! PROCEED?
(Y/N)

Verifying...100%.

Formatting...Done.

C:\>_
 

ferengi

Yay fire!
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I sent a threatening email to one spyware company. That particular piece of spyware hasn't shown up anywhere on my computer since then.
Here's the email I sent to Internet Optimizer, a spyware company that claims on their website that their "highly targetted advertising technology enables marketers to deliver advertisements to millions of consumers all over the world":

Your "highly targetted advertising" is NOT appreciated. I will not tolerate the installation of software or the changing of settings on my personal computer without my permission any longer. Continued breeches of security on my computer will not be tolerated. The tactics your software uses to embed itself into a hard drive are not only malicious, but your software itself is in fact considered a virus. The displaying of several pop-up advertisements severely disrupts the functionality of my computer, as does the changing of various other settings by your malicious spyware. Not only that, I will never be a consumer to any of the businesses that I find are being promoted in these popups. I will purchase goods and services as I see fit, I will NOT tolerate being force-fed these advertisements any longer. I am also going to inform my friends, family members, and anyone else I come into contact with to never do business with any of these companies/websites. This method of advertising only has adverse affects on business, and I will continue to boycott all of these services until these attacks stop.
The response I got was no doubt automated:
Internet Optimizer is a program that helps you get better results when
you are surfing the internet. There is no cost associated with this
service. We're sorry to see that you want to uninstall one of our
products but will offer support to do so.

To remove the program, please click here and follow the instructions.

http://www.internet-optimizer.com/uninstall.html
For those of you who have never dealt with Internet Optimizer, they are a spyware company that not only installs software on your computer without even bothering to ask permission, they also persistenly interrupt you with pop-ups and advertisements, and also install several other pieces of spyware along with their own. Since I emailed them, I've had no problems with their spyware or associated software.
 

Boycott

Soul Doubt
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I wasn't looking for a way to stop it, i was looking for everyone's own way of killing spyware, so in the future if I get another damn thing I can't fix I don't have to search teh registry for something :p
 

BrIONwoshMunky

EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY!
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Ummm stopping it seems like the most efficient way of getting rid of it... I could be wrong though. :happysad:
 

Icarus

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I use Spyware Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware.
 

Jung

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Linux / OSX :p









On Windows I use Spybot and Ad Aware for removal. I've used CWS Shredder and HijackThis, but never on any of my systems.

Also, for spyware prevention:
Spyware Blaster
Firefox
Opera
Spybot's TeaTimer
 

Easty

Click click boom
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you want a solution? how bout this?

THROW YOUR FUCKING COMPUTER OUT THE WINDOW!!!

works for me :thumbsup:

jk, i use ad-aware 6.0. also, check out www.pandasoftware.com and try a free system scan.
 

BRiT

CRaZY
Founder
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Prevention is the best way. I've never had to deal with it on my system, or the system's I've setup for my family. With a clean OS install, proceed to install the following products: adaware, spybot, kaspersky avp, and firefox. I checkup on their systems a few times a month, and they've never had any issues in the past 2 years.
 

Brain Spout

Wizard No More
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i like my way of dealing with the problem:


but on a serious note, i have norton internet security which comes with a pretty good firewall. in addition i use the windows firewall thats comes with my computer, do weekly checks with norton anti-virus and ad-aware. i have only had problems once, but i fixed it easy
 

Hypertron

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OH OH I GOT ONE...Stop looking at porn all the time you sickos! that will take away like 80% of spyware/adware.
 
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Microsoft Giant AntiSpyware is the one I'm using right now.
Its like SB S+D and Ad-aware put together.
 

SimonZhao

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Do a fresh install

make back up of all your documents, write down all major software you are using, then boot pc into DOS mode, then format c:, after formating HD, install Windows XP, or 2000 what ever you are using, then install all the software you need, then copy and paste all your document.

After a while i found out you save 90% of time, if you make a back up after a fresh install use GHOST software, then whenever you encounter spyware again, you can just back it up without reinstalling windows.

You will note much much faster boot up time and higher performance out your PC, than installing more software to remove spyware.