At 9/15/04 06:54 AM, EnragedSephiroth wrote:
I haven't run into any in this site... yet... but I'm up to my knees in trojan crap from KaZaA.
Solution? Kazaa Lite. Duh.
All you people suggesting AdAware might want to know that Spybot Search and Destroy is consistently rated the #1 spyware removal tool for any PC. If you had AdAware on your computer and you ran Spybot, it would identify AdAware as spyware.
So here is your list of programs:
Spybot Search and Destroy
This program is to detect and remove spyware ALREADY on your computer. I highly reccommend turning the RESIDENT ON (under tools) so when an ActiveX control is installed or your home page is hijacked, you will know right away. The first thing to do is IMMUNIZE which helps to block a few things from getting past IE! UPDATE YOUR DEFINITIONS REGULARLY!
You will notice that Spybot is designed to work directily in tandem with SpywareBlaster from Java Cool Software. There is a link inside Spybot to download and install SpywareBlaster. This program is an added preventative to keep unwanted things off your computer. Works with IE and Firefox, enable all unprotected items after downloading and UPDATE YOUR DEFINITIONS REGULARLY!
Of course, your NUMBER 1 best defense against spyware and malware is common sense. If you didn't ask to download something, it probably isn't a good idea to save something on your hard drive that you didn't request. Look before you click OK in a window. If it is a toolbar IT IS SPYWARE. Those of you who think installing a Google toolbar will help to block ads? Of course, it will block some ads and pop-ups so it can collect information about you.
IE (the browser) is actually a Trojan Horse in disguise, only after you lock down some of the privacy settings using the programs I listed above does it become even marginally safe to use this browser. I have been running SP2 longer than most people (through many betas) and the security updates provided by this update are also worth considering. Still with all my modifications, I only use IE when a page won't open with Firefox.
Simply the best browser on the planet, and I have used them all. Avant has even been called spyware by a few forums. I recommend installing AdBlock (Tools/Extensions/GetMoreExtensions). Practice the settings of Adblock on another site (like Yahoo). Once you are comfortable you know what you are doing, then start using it religiously. The best theme (IMHO) is Noia Extreme (Small Icons).
Antivirus solutions are up to you, take your pick. Most professional users will agree that it is not worth the consumption of your system resourses to keep an "auto-protect" running all the time. Also, I hated Norton 2004 (resource hog) so much, I went back to 2003. Leave email scanning and script detection on, but I would turn off the auto-protect to conserve system resources. IF YOU DO THIS, YOU MUST run full system scans at least once a week, more if you are paranoid. KEEP YOUR DEFINITIONS UP TO DATE.
Well that's my 4 cents worth, feel free to contact me for more incredibly biased opinions!