what the heck is spyware,...anyway

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yomaddog

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I know spyware slows ya down and all that,...I use AdAware faithfully,...
-but what r these guys actually doing w/this stuff? Tracking us?
 

eddie5659

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Fraid so.

Take Gozilla. You use the leecher to access a load of movies/files at a website. This is stored in a log file, which, when you connect up to the web, is sent to the makers of Gozilla. every site and file that you have downloaded is seen by them. Its invading your privacy.

Also, some programs can cause your computer to go to places they shouldn't. Take sp.dll, a new one not seen by AddAware yet. Have a look here:

http://www.spywareinfo.com/hijacked.html

Its installed in your registry and sends you to a site called topsearcher. There are others similar to these.

If you want to know more, browse here:

http://www.lavasoft.de/cgi-bin/forums/ikonboard.cgi

There is a thread on the sp.dll I mentioned here. I have replied to that one also.

Regards

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yomaddog
Happy thanksgiving!
Yes the long and short of it is spyware can be used to track your surfing habits and can eventually build a portfolio with many different personal elements of information. If persistant they can even gather your name address phone number ect ect ect.
Spyware does not actively retrieve this type of personal info from your system but will report all activities you engage in on the I-net.
If you do a Google search using "what is Spyware" you will get a complete rundown.
Dave
 
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Once you get to know Eddie you will find he is the fastest One finger typist around.
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Some spyware collects data even when you are not online. You are at the mercy of the purveyors that they don’t collect anything but your offline surfing habits. They can actually collect much more from your computer. They call home to report when you are online. Get too many and even if they are only collecting what they are supposed to it can cumulatively add a lot of activity you don’t want.

It isn’t the same as cookies some sites attach that just allow sites you visit to watch your online habits or software that downloads ads for banners. Those are relatively benign unless you are a real privacy nut.

If you fill out a registration form for the software that carries the spyware they consider that you have voluntarily provided personal information that they can associate with the information they collect. Never provide accurate information for software you get that contains spyware.
 

yomaddog

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Is there a program that can scan a program for spyware prior to installation ? Also, I remember reading somewhere that the registered version of "AdAware" can be set to run in the background, automatically catching spyware...maybe it's worth the registration fee...aye ??
 
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Rhett just recently post a site that lists most spyware progams suspect and confimed. I just viewed it this morning and looks as a good reference. You could use it as a reference before setting a new program up on your system.
Here is the Link from Rhett.
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yomaddog

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Hey guys,
Just looked into "AdAware" registered version,...for $15, it then becomes "AdWatch", quite a different program,... it runs in background like an antivirus program & pops up only upon running into spyware,...& yes, it claims it can catch "em during a program installation PRIOR to the spyware actually being installed,...registration comes with lifetime updates, & I beleive it was trying to say it can be set to update automatically...

I think $15 of my cash just found a new home...
 

yomaddog

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Hey ya guys-

Registered that AdAware,...($15) Pretty cool...you get more options & an additional program- AdWatch,...

The AdWatch truely is working ( no more ad-cookies!! ) I forgot about it all day, & recently checked out my temp. internet files & had none of the double-click & ad crap you always aquire online...
Then, I tried installing this dumb cereal box game that I knew had spyware, & sure enough, got the game in here without the spyware garbage !!!
If you do get this version, ya' gotta watch on those option settings, though...I got everything set on automatic, but if you use Flashget or another ad-composed program, you need to set these in an ignore-list...or these programs may not work...( I got rid of all those types a long time ago...) there is also a reg. back-up feature in both un-and-registered versions that restores in 1-click...

So far- I really like this thing, has any option ya can think ya'd need/want, and it silently takes care of things for ya' in the background like an antivirus....
---let'cha know of any problems---
 
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Sounds like a good investment. Run it a week or so and let us know if you have had any probs.
Dave
 
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