How do you get rid of "spyware"???

Discussion in 'Computers' started by LanceJ, Apr 26, 2003.

  1. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    About three days ago my buddy's friend was using my computer (Compaq Presario w/Windows ME) to read his e-mail. I know he downloaded some animated e-cards and other similar stuff, and ever since then the computer has been running slower and/or acting a little weird.

    For example, whenever I exit Internet Explorer or Word, instead of the program simply vanishing, now it scrolls down from the top (like a car window being rolled down) taking almost two seconds to do so. The only other time it did this was after playing The Sims or if the computer had been used a lot that day without being restarted. And when it was restarted, everything was back to normal. My buddy said he had heard of "spyware" causing problems like this.

    Does anybody know of any quality software that check for & get rid of these programs? I really, really would appreciate any advice as I have no money to pay for a technician. Thanks in advance!

    LJ
     
  2. BrianB

    BrianB Producer

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    Ah, the joys of spyware. There's a bunch of freeware & shareware packages out there to scan your system for it. The one I use is AD-AWARE by Lavasoft. The basic version is free to use.

    It'll scan your system for common spyware components, and remove them if you wish. It's regularly updated with new "descriptions" of new spyware gubbins.

    It's worth noting that if you're running Kazaa, you really want to uninstall it & grab Kazaa Lite instead - the "real" Kazaa requires spyware on your system for it to run...
     
  3. Ken Seeber

    Ken Seeber Supporting Actor

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    Ad-Aware is good, but it's been surpassed by Spybot Search & Destroy, which also is free. You can find it with a Google search.
     
  4. Scott Littlefield

    Scott Littlefield Stunt Coordinator

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    I also want to give a big [​IMG] to Spybot. So many features that Ad-Aware just doesn't have.
     
  5. Robert_Gaither

    Robert_Gaither Screenwriter

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    Another convert to spybot over ad-aware (both are quite good but spybot is very easy to set up to preferance.
     
  6. Greg*go

    Greg*go Supporting Actor

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    Mark another one up for Spybot. I used ad-aware too, but when I got spybot, it was very easy, and does have more features then ad-aware (ad-aware 5.83 anyway, I haven't tried the newest version yet). Plus the newest version of Spybot has even more features then before, so I'm quite happy with it. Here's a link to the site...SpyBot Search&Destroy

    The one thing with spybot though is DON'T delete everything it finds, as it tells you this too. The stuff in marked in red is bad, if it's in black, it could be bad, and if it's marked in green , it's probably beneficial for your computer to have the stuff.
     
  7. Jeff Blair

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    He might have also installed a virus on your PC. If you don't have a virus program goto http://housecall.antivirus.com/ This is a free online virus scan.
     
  8. Sihan Goi

    Sihan Goi Second Unit

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    Well, stop using MS products and you might get less spam and spyware [​IMG]
     

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