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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by adamtheaxe, Feb 11, 2005.

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  1. adamtheaxe

    adamtheaxe Thread Starter

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    Hi all,
    my computer has been plagued with viruses and spyware for about a year now and then when i moved another computer in, the spyware began to appear on there as well. My question is if I were to buy a brand new computer, would the spyware come right back? It sounds silly but it feels like it's in all the cables and lines.lol

    thanks
     
  2. vixenk

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    No matter what computer you get, you're going to get spyware and viruses if you don't protect yourself or use anything to get rid of them. It's just a fact of internet life. Try getting Javacool Spyware Blaster to help prevent spyware, Ad Aware to get rid of any spyware you do get, AVG anti virus to get rid of viruses, and Zone Alarm firewall to fight hackers. You can find them all at www.download.com
     
  3. adamtheaxe

    adamtheaxe Thread Starter

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    Hi, thanks for your response. I do have protection. I've also had the site you recommended but when I scan for spyware, there are hundreds of traces and/or programs found. It just worries me if I spend $1,000 on a new computer only to have it come right back on within days.

    Do Macs get spyware?

    again, thanks for your response.
    adam
     
  4. vixenk

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    What programs do you use for protection? Have you tried using Mozilla Firefox?

    I hope you don't mind me asking these questions, so don't answer them if you don't feel comfortable doing so, but what kind of websites do you visit? Are you a heavy web surfer? Do you often click on advertising links on webpages? Do you download free programs a lot? Could you tell me some of the names of the spyware that is persistant? I'm just asking these questions to try to help determine where all this spyware is coming from.

    There are very few spyware programs designed for Macs because there is such a small amount of people using them *due to them being so expensive* that they're not really worth the spyware companies time. That's probably going to start changing soon though since Macintosh has just released their cheaper cMacs.
     
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