View Full Version : Spyware Detection and Removal

November 6th, 2003, 09:16 AM
I have been using Spybot Search and Destroy (http://spybot.eon.net.au/) long enough to recommend it to the forum.

Spyware are programs that get imbedded in your computer and track it's activity. They are not viruses so antivirus programs may not detect them. A common source of spywar is a shopping site that allows comparing of two or more items.

You may not mind a program that monitors your surfing preferences and sells the information to marketers, but think about a program that monitors keystrokes. This could compromise your passwords. At the least, the programs degrade computer performance.

The download is free. The developer states he will not charge individuals, but there is a voluntary donation page if you like the product. Updates are available to all.

I suggest you read all the info before downloading and installing the software. The only problem I have had was that the scan got hung up on:


This issue is covered in the FAQ section. For me, the hangup was about a minute, and then the scan continued. The problem disappeared when I downloaded the latest update.

The first time I ran Spybot, it found 42 spyware programs. :shock:

November 7th, 2003, 12:47 AM
I concur. Excellent advice and a necessary caution in today's internet world.

Ad-Aware by LavaSoft has similar conditions: individuals are asked to make a contribution ($20). LavaSoft, based in Sweden, now has a US website:

Like Spybot, Ad-Aware is a detection and removal utility. With weekly updates to its scanning software, it detects spyware, dataminers, and "malware" (as the name suggests, NOT NICE!).

Just last month, my Norton's firewall missed a change in my registry by malware but the Ad-Aware scan caught it. Follow Zippy's advice!

November 15th, 2003, 03:46 AM
but will it really whiten my dentures?