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ramstein

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I hear so many IT colleagues talk about the intrusive nature of MS software these days

Even MS now try to dispell the rumour that they 'sniff' your PC everytime you access the net or their website.

Being a confirmed cynic I wonder if there is any software out there that can give me a report, in layman's terms, exactly what information is being transmitted down each port while I'm on the net. The type of information I mean is 'any data that resides on my hard drive'

I notice that while my PC is idle on the net sometimes my hard drive starts flashing madly on its own and the head obviously gathering data. No its not onboard smart coz I've disabled that in BIOS. Nor is it CD playing.

Just a thought
 

eddie5659

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Hiya

Have you got a firewall installed? If not, a good free one is ZoneAlarm www.zonelabs.com

You can check out the ports, before and after installing it, by going here and clicking on Test My Shields and Probe my Ports:

www.grc.com

I would also suggest doing a scan for viruses and trojans:

http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_corp.asp

Also, a good Trojan detector is The Cleaner www.moosoft.com (30 day demo).

If you want to see what is leaked all the time when people surf the web normally, try here:

http://www.leader.ru/secure/who.html

and here:

http://privacy.net/

for the last one, click for Full Analysis at the top of the page, but the Russian site (first) is more indepth.

Also, go here and download AddAware www.lavasoftusa.com
Install and run it, ensuring that Deep Registry Scan is enabled. Remove all except any references to Web3000 or new.net.

Whilst you're there, download and install Refupdate. connect to get the latest updates.

Also, go to Tools | Internet Options. Advanced tab. Under Browsing, untick Enable Instal on Demand. Apply and OK

Regards

eddie
 
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