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jonkimnicko
25-03-2006, 07:49 PM
can i please ask for the best spyware removal tool? :help: :help: :help:

gibler
25-03-2006, 07:54 PM
can i please ask for the best spyware removal tool? :help: :help: :help:

Yes, you have permission to ask.

jonkimnicko
25-03-2006, 08:21 PM
the best free spyware removal tool pls?

lazydog
25-03-2006, 08:27 PM
Spybot search and destroy.
Also Adaware SE.
Use both for best results.

Metla
25-03-2006, 08:37 PM
I would call Hijackthis the best tool, though only used after a run of Spybot and ad-aware,,and a weeding out of bho's,activex controls, temp/cache files, and items in the system startup.

gibler
25-03-2006, 09:02 PM
I agree, Hijackthis is where it is at. I give it a quick run through whenever I visit a PC. For wierder stuff, I run rootkit revealer.

And then hit 'em with Spybot, Adaware and MS Defender (if necessary).

Ewido (not free, but trial version available), is good too.

For those loevely spyware who have hit netowrk settings XP TCP/IP Repair (http://www.xp-smoker.com/freeware.html)

You need to use a lot of tools as none are detecting/removing ALL spyware.

Terry Porritt
25-03-2006, 09:07 PM
a-squared free seems to be a searching program, though somewhat slow, and it is also supposed to detect trojans, worms and diallers as well as spyware.

http://www.emsisoft.com/en/

SpywareBlaster is another free tool that seems ok:

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

But the only spyware any of these tools like Ad-Aware etc have picked up on my systems have been the odd 'tracking cookies'. Ad-Aware picked up Comet Cursor in the early days when I installed Real Player, but not much if anything since.

KiwiMR2
25-03-2006, 09:22 PM
I usually use Adaware, Spybot, Spysweeper (costs BUT the 30 day trial works a treat), and Microsoft antispyware. I have used hijack to clear homepage hijacks but for those who don't know much it can be a bit confusing.

Cheers
KiwiMR2

Terry Porritt
25-03-2006, 09:45 PM
What intrigues me is what do people do, where do they go and/or what AV have they, to get all these spywares, trojans, hijacks etc infecting their systems every 5 minutes???

I must say, having been connected online from earlier DOS ftp days, and later www through Win9x and through to XP, nothing has ever got into my systems other than innocuous so-called data miner /tracking cookies.

tweak'e
25-03-2006, 10:07 PM
easy......go download or click on anything saying "free porn", "free screensavers", "free smilies for email" or "some p2p my dumb mates told me was good".

no AV, whats a firewall, and "my ISP will fix it for me"
ignorance is bliss ;) :D

gibler
25-03-2006, 10:33 PM
What intrigues me is what do people do, where do they go and/or what AV have they, to get all these spywares, trojans, hijacks etc infecting their systems every 5 minutes???

I must say, having been connected online from earlier DOS ftp days, and later www through Win9x and through to XP, nothing has ever got into my systems other than innocuous so-called data miner /tracking cookies.

In my experience they use Internet Explorer (on some hopelessly out of date PC), click yes to install ActiveX components and are visiting some sort of entertainment sites with stuff such as joke screensavers and movies. For instance, they will seen playing games they found from the web (such as noughts and crosses). They don't like thses strange popups but continually go back to these sites with lots of smiley icons and banner ads. They love to do this on other people's PCs they use.

Anti-virus will be hopelessly out of date (if present, an ancient version of Norton's). There will be a vast collection of "handy" apps in their system tray.
The desktop will be full of icons.

In short, when they see a dialog box, they don't read it but keep clicking OK until it goes away... I can spot the type out there, though there is a second type - they are related to porn surfing. :D

Cicero
26-03-2006, 09:38 AM
What intrigues me is what do people do, where do they go and/or what AV have they, to get all these spywares, trojans, hijacks etc infecting their systems every 5 minutes???

I must say, having been connected online from earlier DOS ftp days, and later www through Win9x and through to XP, nothing has ever got into my systems other than innocuous so-called data miner /tracking cookies.
Best that you don't know T,once you enter the dark side,there is no return. :yuck:

Terry Porritt
26-03-2006, 11:33 AM
Best that you don't know T,once you enter the dark side,there is no return. :yuck:
:) That's the point Cic, I can walk through the dark side and emerge completely unscathed, perhaps it's because I am pure of heart ? :thumbs: