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onely

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Hello,

I just downloaded spybot and spyware blaster.

The files marked in red on spybot I figured were safe to get rid of but what about the green ones called usage tracks and are part of software I use all the time and some I never use.


Spyware blaster has shown me alot of files I have no idea what they are. Do I want to check all these files?

Thanks
 

TonyKlein

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As for the green items, these are just User tracks, recently viewed files, the history of visited sites, and the like.

Removing them cannot possibly cause a problem. And besides, SpyBot backs them up as well, so there's no risk at all.

It's just a question of how tidy and/or privacy conscious you are.
It's also a question of personal taste: For example, I prefer to keep on to the logfiles, as I find them informative.

In such a case, you go to Excludes > Products > Tracks, and check 'Log'. That way they will be excluded from future searches, and they will never come up again.

SpyBot is very configurable.

As for Spywareblaster, the files you see are a list of all spyware programs covered by the program (NOTE: this is NOT spyware found on your computer)
Press "select all", then "kill all checked", and you're done.

The spyware that you told Spywareblaster to set the "kill bit" for wont be a hazard to you any longer.

Don't forget to check for updates every week or so.

There's a small board at Wilderssecurity as well.


Cheers,
 

onely

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Thank you very much you have been most helpful..I like to keep my computer clean as possible so this will help. Thanks again
 
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Since I read about it here.

Just wanted to say that each time I've run it my computer (which has dialup) has been so much faster after, it's really noticable!

The first time I thought it was just my imagination :)

It isn't finding anything too terrible, just the usual "double click" and such that Adaware seemed to. But it must be doing something that works.

Oh, the first time I did it, it messed up my Internet Explorer (6). Seemed to have taken out a file or something. I ran the repair tool, which fixed it.

I found the setting to check to skip something and one had Internet Explorer to check, so I checked it and this time it was fine.

Also, I tried funning Adaware AFTER Spypot, and it came up with one more. Maybe it was put on in the "few minutes" between running them, or maybe it wasn't important enough for Spybot to notice. Or, maybe it was something in I.E. :)

I didn't bother looking at it, it wasn't that big a deal.

I'm going to download something, if it's still available called "Cookie Crusher". I got it when I first had a computer and didn't know what to do with it. But now, I'm going in and deleting cookies every now and then, and trying to skip ones I WANT (like settings I want saved, T.V.Guide channel, Weather channel, etc)

Anyone know anything about that? "CookieCrusher".

I'm planning on going to tucows or something to look for it.

~ Carrie
 
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