OT:Spyware/clean up software?

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Chris, May 9, 2004.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Hi

    Can anyone recommend the best software which tell you whats on your pc,
    spyware etc

    Ive been searching google for one, but it comes up with alsorts and I dont
    want to
    install some trojan crap which seems to be out there pretending to be
    spyware software.

    Anyone recommend a genuine one?.

    Ive also seen people using something called Hijack is this any good?.
    Anyone know the proper URL for it?.

    My pc is running slow and im wondering if a spyware/clean up software could
    help me?

    TIA
     
    Chris, May 9, 2004
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  2. Chris

    Crazy Aizy Guest

    Ad-Aware:
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

    SpyBot - Search & Destroy:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download

    CWShredder & HijackThis:
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

    All freeware.

    HTH


    --
    "Once in a while,
    I'm standing here, doing something.
    And I think,
    What in the world am I doing here?
    It's a big surprise."
     
    Crazy Aizy, May 9, 2004
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  3. Chris

    Morgan Guest

    Can anyone recommend the best software which tell you whats on your pc,

    I use Ad-Aware by Lavasoft. Someone told me that they use that one and
    Spybot search and destroy. Even though one complains of the other they do
    both work when installed on the same system.
    However I just have Ad-Aware installed and I'm very happy with that.
    Although I don't have it running automatically, I will launch the
    application manually, as I do like to keep the number of services, and
    memory usage, to a minimum.
    Maybe it will. But having something like Ad-Aware isn't a bad thing anyway.
    You could have a look at the number of services that you have running and
    what they are. But as you don't write with any details of your machine spec
    or OS I am just guessing that you are using XP. Also there could be many
    reasons as to why your machine is running slow but without more details
    people would be only guessing, like me :)

    http://lavasoft.element5.com/
    http://www.safer-networking.org/


    --
    Regards


    Morgan

    Hard Drive noise a problem....?

    www.flyinglizard.freeserve.co.uk
     
    Morgan, May 9, 2004
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  4. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Chris, May 9, 2004
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  5. Chris

    Chris Guest


    yep youre right, sorry, im running xp pro. running norton 2004 package for
    av/firewall protection etc

    seems ive got alot of stuff running.

    I insatlled DIVX now ive got Gain_trickler_3202 running all the time
    trying to access the internet.
    Also installed Quick time etc so ive got ipodservice.exe ,
    ituneshelper.exe running all the time.

    I havent been able to find way of stopping all this stuff running yet!.
     
    Chris, May 9, 2004
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  6. Chris

    Morgan Guest

    yep youre right, sorry, im running xp pro. running norton 2004 package
    for

    Well when I boot my machine up I have 22 services running with around 110mb
    footprint. It could be smaller but I'm using a home network and I use
    Mailwasher. I also have Quicktime installed but no services are running
    because of that. Look under the options of Quicktime to disable them.
    You realise that DivX and Gain are related so I assume that you use the
    Codec to encode rather than just decode, hence Gain....?
    I had NIS and have tried ZA for the firewall and I do not care for either of
    them. As I use Ad-Aware and manually (turned off for auto protect) use NAV
    now and again on my system for a scan I am very happy with XP's own built in
    firewall. I keep NAV to check my mails in and out and thus still need to
    have nprotect.exe running, as well as ccApp.exe.
    http://www.blackviper.com/
    The above link is pretty useful for giving you some understanding of what
    services are used and whether it is safe to disable them or not.
    I even disabled my Alcatel modem icon (dragdiag.exe) as it then saves
    another 10mb or so memory. All it did, for me, was to change to a green icon
    when a ADSL line was established.


    --
    Regards


    Morgan

    Hard Drive noise a problem....?

    www.flyinglizard.freeserve.co.uk
     
    Morgan, May 9, 2004
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  7. Considerable competence is required for safe use of HiJackThis. I'd
    suggest you stick to ad-aware and Spybot S&D .. both of which you now
    have URLs for. Spybot is particularly useful for it's 'immunise'
    function, which will stop further cr&p arriving (unless you stupidly
    agree to let it).
     
    GSV Three Minds in a Can, May 9, 2004
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  8. Chris

    Dave Guest

    This is "Gator" you need to uninstall DIVX Pro and install the
    non-spyware supported standard version (or pay for the spyware free
    pro version) link here: http://download.divx.com/divx/DivX511.exe

    Try AShampoo startup tuner (link:
    http://www.ashampoo.com/internet/shareware/0017.htm) it will let you
    control what runs at startup.

    Also check out Real Alternative which stops you having to install Real
    Player: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm
     
    Dave, May 9, 2004
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  9. The message <>
    This site's homepage is a nice tester for Spybot S&D's bad download
    blocker function. Just be sure to pick the 'display dialogue when
    blocking' option.
     
    Johnny B Good, May 9, 2004
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