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I have used Spybot and Ad-Aware. Some things I am not sure if I should fix or leave them alone. For example, in Spybot it tells you that everything in red should be fixed. Some programs I see in red are things associated with programs like gator , mediaplayer , etc. that I use. Should I just let Spybot fix these known programs along with all the other stuff and on reboot these legitimate program associations will be replaced? The same thing with Ad-Aware, should I let it fix all that it finds and on reboot all necessary things will return? :confused:
 
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Spybot will quarantine by default but with adaware you have to do a manual quarantine before removing. So you can restore an item in both if you have to.
 
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Hi jones20603... You are certainly free to use GATOR if you choose, but be aware it is, indeed, spyware. the following is a quote from the PCHell GATOR removal instructions site.

"Gator is your smart online companion that fills out forms and remembers passwords. Gator comes with the OfferCompanion application, the premier application for saving money on the web. Yet Gator and OfferCompanion are extremely polite, staying out of sight, popping up only when they can help you.

Although Gator isn't much of a nuisance, it does fall into a group of software known as spyware, sending information about buying habits, etc. for information purposes. For this reason, many people won't use it and want to remove it. The Gator company recently changed their name to Claria."


There is also an alternative prog (which I use) called RoboForm which is spyware free. You can check it out Here.

If you choose to continue using any of the progs detected as spyware by spybot, you can simple check them in the Excludes section of Spybot and they will no longer show up in your scan.

Regarding AdAware... Adaware IS default set to quarantine objects prior to removal. You can check it by clicking the Settings icon (gear image) at the top of the window. It's shown under Startup and Safety.

AdAware also has a feature similar to Spybot's "Excludes"... It's called the Ignore List. AdAware simply ignores any file you place on the list.

Regards - Ray
 

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xgerryx said:
Spybot will quarantine by default but with adaware you have to do a manual quarantine before removing. So you can restore an item in both if you have to.
Thanks for the reply and info! (y)
 

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raybro said:
Hi jones20603... You are certainly free to use GATOR if you choose, but be aware it is, indeed, spyware. the following is a quote from the PCHell GATOR removal instructions site.

"Gator is your smart online companion that fills out forms and remembers passwords. Gator comes with the OfferCompanion application, the premier application for saving money on the web. Yet Gator and OfferCompanion are extremely polite, staying out of sight, popping up only when they can help you.

Although Gator isn't much of a nuisance, it does fall into a group of software known as spyware, sending information about buying habits, etc. for information purposes. For this reason, many people won't use it and want to remove it. The Gator company recently changed their name to Claria."


There is also an alternative prog (which I use) called RoboForm which is spyware free. You can check it out Here.

If you choose to continue using any of the progs detected as spyware by spybot, you can simple check them in the Excludes section of Spybot and they will no longer show up in your scan.

Regarding AdAware... Adaware IS default set to quarantine objects prior to removal. You can check it by clicking the Settings icon (gear image) at the top of the window. It's shown under Startup and Safety.

AdAware also has a feature similar to Spybot's "Excludes"... It's called the Ignore List. AdAware simply ignores any file you place on the list.

Regards - Ray
Thanks Ray,
I am going to try Roboform. Is there anyway for me to use all of the info that is saved in a .gat file from gator? A lot of usernames and passwords are in my head, but the others I don't have written down.
 
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Sorry, I know nothing about how GATOR works, but I kinda doubt you can simply transfer the data. A .gat file is probably custom for GATOR, but that's just a guess. The RoboForm data files have a .rfp extension.

Does GATOR have a printout feature? That would at least give you all the info you need to input into RoboForm.

BTW... RoboForm DOES have a printout feature.
 

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Thanks Ray,
I never paid any attention before, but no printout feature in Gator. You live and you learn. Appreciate all of your help. Thanks!
 
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Okay but what about the stuff in red found in a spybot scan that I have no idea what it is? Is it still safe to have spybot fix it or delete it?
 
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