Kevin wrote:LJ wrote:http://www.io.com/~cwagner/spyware.html
Thanks to an SA goon for creating that page. It is by *far* the best malware removal site I've ever seen.
Very nice link. I'm all for a sticky topic on spyware/adware/etc. And that link would be perfect for it.
It seems half the threads in here recently are related to spyware, adware, or other sorts of malware. The link LJ posted is a pretty darn good place to start for dealing with that sort of thing, so I'm going to post this and sticky it. If anyone else has some other links or suggestions pertinent to this subject, post in the thread. Please try to keep on topic, as this thread is intended to be a reference and starting point, not really a discussion. Anything off-topic will be deleted, and "off-topic" may be defined a bit more tightly than usual.
EDIT MAY 28 2004:
Just to keep the most useful stuff at the top of the heap:
Spybot and adaware are pretty much the starting points for Spyware/Adware/etc.
Flying Fox wrote:It's only a matter of time:
Don't fall into a false sense of security and click Yes on everything when asked. Read the text and use common sense.
Don't forget that while alternative browsers don't have gaping holes like Activex, if you say yes to the wrong thing you can still get hijacked, although such things are still a bit easier to clean. Just don't get complacent or something.
Also be wary of running Microsoft email products. Outlook and Outlook Express, while better than they have been in the past in this regard, aren't real secure. A lot of IE browser hijackers and other nasty critters can get in this way. Either lock down Outlook, be very careful, or consider migrating to a different email client. I'll list Mozilla, Thunderbird, Opera, and Eurdora.
Regarding browsers and email clients, I've used all listed, and all do just fine. My current choice is Firefox/Thunderbird, for whatever that may be worth.
Also, remember that following good anti-virus procedures is vital. Whether that means running a real-time scanner, scanning periodically, scanning suspicious files and scanning periodicallly, only running trusted files, or whatever, watch out for virii as well.
Randomly browsing I came across http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/malware.ars today. Seems pretty pertinent.
5150 posted a nice liste, figured it belonged somewhere prominent
5150 wrote:Here's my list of spyware removers:
Yahoo Toolbar w/ AntiSpy
Anbody have any others they use?