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What kind of spyware protection do you use?

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ad-aware
spybot-search and destroy
spywareguard
another free program(please specify)
another non-free program(please specify)
Spyware? What's that?
Posted at 04:33 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I was wondering what you use, since I still get new stuff even though I have both spywareguard and spybot with its immunisation activated :angry:
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Posted at 07:03 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Ad-aware for now. Right at this moment, though, we are reworking our computer network and putting some better protection directly on the server.
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Posted at 07:16 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I'm using a great program called 'common sense' to avoid spyware :P
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Posted at 07:28 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I used Adaware for a while and now I'm using Spybot... But I wouldn't know if one is 'better' than the other. My whole family uses the same computer so I can't rely on common sense. :(
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Posted at 11:41 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Thinking about it, I shouldn't have voted 'another free program'. Looking at how the market for virus scanners is booming, common sense apparantely doesn't come for free...

I wrote a great virus myself at university today by the way. Pretty cool stuff, just five lines of code - and the anti-virus software immediately popped up when I tried executing it ;) I'm so evil :evil:
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Posted at 12:09 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Unfortunately, this is something that even perfect common sense (if there was such a thing) couldn't avoid. If you want freeware, you're going to run into at least a little spyware. That's why I run spybot, and sometimes ad-aware whenever I install something.
The poll really oughta be multiple choice, or at least have a "more than one" option. The best solution is to use more than one spyware tool. Spybot always finds at least a few things that ad-aware misses, and ad-aware always finds a few things that spybot misses.
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Posted at 14:14 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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If you want freeware, you're going to run into at least a little spyware.
No.
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Posted at 17:40 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Posted by Mr Creosote at 15:16 on November, 21st 2003:

I'm using a great program called 'common sense' to avoid spyware :P


Thats funny :D


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Posted at 17:45 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I use Ad-Aware to kill some of the weird cookies I get.
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Posted at 18:34 on November 21st, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I use Spybot and Adaware.
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Posted at 02:37 on November 22nd, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I don't use another spyware protection than myself because I don't use software that includes spyware. Some time ago, I was running Spybot once on my Windows partition, and it didn't even find Internet Explorer. ;)

Also, I disagree that you are forced to run spyware when running freeware. Good freeware never inludes spyware...
Posted at 21:10 on November 23rd, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Also, I disagree that you are forced to run spyware when running freeware. Good freeware never inludes spyware...
But only 1/10 of the freeware you use is good.
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Posted at 00:30 on November 24th, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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How do you know what programs others are using?
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Posted at 02:59 on November 24th, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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The best protection I had for my old computer (which is now dead) was my firewall. If any spyware was able to run and send information over the web without my firewall detecting it was (I hope) killed by ad-aware which I runned everytime once in a while, i.e. when I thought that my connection was running slow.

Personnaly, I don't think common sense is in case here... You remember me posting something about Sierra having a kind of spyware in their own program? That's not as easy as "I won't install any program that have spyware in it"; you don't know what you might get everytime you install everything. You can't even know what you'll get just by surfing on the net...
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Posted at 04:40 on November 24th, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Since I only use free software (as opposed to freeware) on my computer which is connected to the net (as well as on the network server), it is indeed as simple as saying "I won't install any program that have spyware in it".

I absolutely agree about the firewall by the way. This option doesn't prevent spyware from being installed, but it can prevent the sending of data. Too often overlooked.

Edited by Mr Creosote at 12:42 on November, 24th 2003
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Posted at 03:54 on December 4th, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Spybot can also immunize, to prevent downloads.
But mr Creosote: how can you be certain that you have no spyware without checking the files first?
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Posted at 11:29 on December 4th, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I can be certain, because it's basically impossible to spread free software and include spyware in it. Everybody would immediately notice, and nobody'd use it anymore. If that trust-argument isn't enough for you, there is a simple way: Reading the Makefile.
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Posted at 12:07 on December 4th, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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because it's basically impossible to spread free software and include spyware in it. Everybody would immediately notice, and nobody'd use it anymore.


Windows Media Player... :P
Posted at 12:43 on December 4th, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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That's only free in the meaning of 'without cost'.
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Posted at 20:11 on December 11th, 2003 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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No.

Don't you even have divx installed? In some caes you have to install spyware knowingly, and then remove it with spyware tools. At least me.
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