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spyware, things you should know Wednesday, 1 March 2006 5:32 pm

Posted by Dongmei in featured IT of the week, free/Open Source Software, Internet Resources.

Been sick for a while, haven’t kept up w/ my blog … lots of things to blog about … attended this great spyware workshop presented by two Student Computing Support tech guys (for more details, see Thurs. @ 3 Library Seminars) a couple of weeks ago, meant to share w/ you all what I learned. (Don’t know what spyware/malware/badware/adware is and what it will do to your computer? Read this from Wikipedia).
1. anti-spyware software and tools
Microsoft Anti-Spyware (Windows Defender (Beta 2)): http://www.microsoft.com

Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE (Personal version is free to download): http://www.lavasoftusa.com

Spybot Search and Destroy (freeware, donate if you can :-)): http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

Ewido Anti-Malware (free download): http://www.ewido.com

note: of all these software, I personally like Spybot S&D the best.

2. Comprehensive list of spyware (black list :-)): http://www.spywareguide.com

3. Report to stop badware (sponsored by Google, Sun Microsystems, etc.): http://www.stopbadware.com

4. Faculty (staff) and students of CofC, download and install Symantec Anti Virus: http://antivirus.cofc.edu

5. You may wish to use alternative browsers, such as

Mozilla Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org

Opera Web Browser: http://www.opera.com

6. Tips to protect yourself from spyware

  • Read User Agreements Before Clicking Yes to Protect Yourself from Spyware (Spyware that comes bundled with shareware usually appears in Chapter 9: Third Party Software);
  • Be Careful of Advertising That Looks Like Windows Warnings to Protect Yourself from Spyware;
  • Carefully Read Windows Warnings that Present themselves while Surfing to Protect Yourself from Spyware;
  • Install a Program to Detect Spyware and Scan Often to Protect Yourself from Spyware (see above 1);
  • Be Leery of Visiting Websites that aren’t Well Known to Protect Yourself from Spyware;
  • Update Windows and your Browser to Protect Yourself from Spyware;
  • Be Leery of Installing Shareware and Free Programs to Protect  Yourself from Spyware.


1. Richard Akerman - Sunday, 5 March 2006 1:29 pm

For what’s it’s worth, here’s my page on home computer security


2. Marcus - Tuesday, 24 April 2007 6:09 pm


Thanks for the information on spyware, it is a growing concern which I try to help people with, so I’ll be linking to your post if thats ok.


3. Virtumonde man - Sunday, 6 April 2008 3:16 pm

spywareguide.com is good stuff. I like that site. When it comes to keeping your system clean you really need top of the line protection. Spybot and Ad-aware are good stuff but they really do not provide ample protection. You need an all round solution. Virus + Spyware + firewall to be protected. HAving just one or two of those will not cut it. Spyware Doctor Security Suit is a great program for all three. The spyware portion of this software is the best out there. I use it all the time on customers systems and it does the trick.

4. K Nikkel dot Com - Wednesday, 23 April 2008 10:35 am

Great posting. I also would like to link to your post if that is ok.

I recently got hit by a nasty spyware trojan just from visiting an innocent looking site from Google search. It resulted in me having to reformat my hard drive to get rid of it. I through everything I could think of into trying to irradicate this bug but nothing worked.

To read the entire story about it and what it was promoting, check out my blog.

Kelvin covers a wide variety of topics relating to computers. Suggestions, tips, shortcuts, advisories. OptMyPC.com

5. Jason - Tuesday, 29 September 2009 2:39 am

Hey excellent point, glad i took the time to read it, keep up the work, i look forward to more of your posts

6. james - Sunday, 18 October 2009 9:38 pm

Thanks for this info.I think this is also a great help,I found a website that offers free virus and spyware removal at no cost!!with live chat support and remote access.there are really people out there nice out there who are giving these services for free.free virus repair

7. Ruoall (Spyware Blockers) Chapman - Thursday, 22 October 2009 2:56 am

One of the best free spyware removal software I have come across is SUPERAntispyware.

Can be found here: http://www.superantispyware.com


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