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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by chris18, Oct 18, 2003.

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  1. chris18

    chris18 Thread Starter

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    Had a conversation with a friend recently about how much snooping might be being carried out on an individuals surfing habits etc without his/her knowledge.

    Whilst accepting that in the war against crime this is probably inevitable, it did get us to thinking about the dangers of an indiviudal being "picked up" either by the ISP or some official authority during part of either an investigation or just daily housekeeping. There has also been cases where a PC sent for repair has triggered a police investigation becuase the repairer has spotted something on the drive.

    I can't think there can be many people who haven't at some time been bounced into a site, usually porn, that they didn't want to when browsing. Although innocently done this does of course leave traces on the machine in question which might cause embarrassment or worse if subjected to questionning. I suspect also that most of us have at some time or another browsed, shall we say, fringe sites, offering various "freebies".

    In the current climate of "big brother" snooping it's difficult to know what surfing activities might trigger my ISP to react and I could find myself having to answer awkward questions as to why this that or the other site had been visited.

    There are a lot of programs around that purport to erase all traces of Internet activity. One of the most heavily advertised being Evidence Eliminator, which according to it's advertising is the ONLY one that will defeat the closest scrutinity by such agencies as the FBI. There is also programs such as Snitch offering some form of parental control for those with children.

    This raises questions such as:

    a) How far should I, as an individual with no criminal intent, be concerned at what traces are left on my PC after browsing.
    b) Do I need something like Evidence Eliminator so that I can periodically purge my PC of unwanted history.
    c) Are there better alternatives to Evidence Eliminator, perhaps in FREEWARE.
    d) Do these Internet privacy programs really work.
    d) Is there any way of cleaning my PC effectively without specialist software.

    If anyone can offer any help/advice then I'd be obliged.
     
  2. $teve

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    Hi Chris.......Two thing you can do........Unplug the computer and never use it again.
    Or....stop being paranoid.....countless millions of internet users and its you they are gonna find?I wouldnt worry about it unless your doing something totally abhorent and illegal.


    Oh! and about "Evidence Eliminator".........ITS A SCAM.
    http://www.radsoft.net/resources/software/reviews/ee/0b.html

    Surf safely.
    ;)
     
  3. Corrosive

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    The authorities are not going to arrest you because you have a few child porn photos or anything like that, because they too know how easy it is to be bounced into this sort of thing. If, however, they find that you have three hard drives full of that filth, they're going to take action.

    If you really have stuff to hide, you can either encrypt it or you can buy the professional, industrial strength HDD wiping utilities. However, in both cases, if you were to be investigated, you'd probably be questioned on why you had these utilities in the first place. This is especially true of the last one, as these tools are not readily avaliable and they cost a pretty penny.

    Or you can just destroy the hard-drive. You could use a magnet to just wipe it, a hammer to destroy it (you could dig induvidual graves around town) or, for a laugh, use an old microwave and watch the sparks fly!

    So, in answer to your questions:
    (a) You shouldn't be worried at all.
    (b) No
    (c) Well, anything's better than EE... :D
    (d) Depends on the program. To beat the FBI were talking industrial strength apps not readily avaliable to you or me.
    (e) You don't need to, but deleting the history and flushing the cache would be enough to stop snooping family members.
     
  4. chris18

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    Hi....... thanks for the replies.

    Have to confess my original question was a little tongue in cheek as I wanted to show my friend that my comments during our discussion, which more or less matched what's been posted, were correct and there wasn't too much for him to be worried about.

    I think he'd got a bit nervous because he'd read a report about the RIAA chasing individuals through the courts over downloading music, which his children have done in the past, and wondered if he should try and take some sort of action to cover their traces.

    As regards Evidence Eliminator, he'd considered buying it because the advertising seemed to make it seem so good.


    I've been told that MRU-Blaster does most of what Evidence Eliminator does and has the advantage of being FREE so I'll be suggesting that my friend install it. If nothing else it will save him some money and may set his mind at rest. I think I'll also install it myself and see how good it is.

    I've also installed Steve Gibson's ShootTheMessenger to stop the Messenger Service pop-ups.

    Hadn't realised until following the threads given that the Evidence Eliminator marketing policy isn't too highly thought off. Also, that it seems over inflated price wise. Made very interesting reading.
     
  5. Corrosive

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    If your friend lives in England, as I see you do, you are safe from the RIAA. They can't sue anyone outside of the US, and better yet, the British Phonographic Industry have said that they do not intend on suing the file-sharers.

    Still, myself and most people on this forum will not openly advocate file-sharing, at least so we don't get our accounts here banned... :D
     
  6. $teve

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    here,here....:D

    And Scotland is now in England...............its official:D:D
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    Someone is cracking down in the UK too.........is that close :D
     
  8. $teve

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    Thats somewhere near Britain I think:D
     
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