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Post by Rebecca1340 on Thu May 22, 2008 8:54 am

This is something that I would normally post in Unbzzed, but since we're all being forced to sign up for a site riddled with spyware and spam I thought I'd post it where everyone can access it.
Most of you probably already have Adaware, but for those that don't it should help keep the spyware from MyPoints and other sites to a minimum so that they don't slow down your computer too much.
There a free download here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

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Post by chelle on Thu May 22, 2008 8:57 am

Thanks rebecca!!

I wonder how much slower having to put that on my computer will make me run. I have a decent computer, but am so slow on dial up that when you have to put things between you and the website I just crawl through. and sadly, when you crawl thorugh you end up timing out, freezing up and haveing lots of problems.

STupid freaking shitnola

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Post by Rebecca1340 on Thu May 22, 2008 8:59 am

You don't have to run it while you're online. It's something that your run after you log off to clean up your PC. It takes a while to run it, but you'd be amazed by all the crap MyPoints has already put on my PC and I'm not even able to sign into the site!

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Post by edbson on Thu May 22, 2008 9:02 am

I use spybot, it work better than adaware for my computer.
I ran spybot last night and had 40 hits for spyware, after going to mypoints for about 5 minutes. geesh I hate that site.

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Post by Rebecca1340 on Thu May 22, 2008 9:05 am

Is spybot a free download? If so, would you mind posting the link? I think we're all going to need all the help we can get.

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Post by Honey on Thu May 22, 2008 9:19 am

I have a Mac so I don't need it Razz
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Post by dragonbutch2 on Thu May 22, 2008 11:11 am

Ditto to having a Mac - I've never encountered any problems (and certainly no popups) with MyPoints on my Windows computer, either... But I'm sure having a Mac is part of why I don't even worry about things like this.
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Post by Missy on Thu May 22, 2008 11:25 am

Can I post the Link? Or maybe just PM me for the spybot link... I don't want to get in trouble..
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Thu May 22, 2008 11:26 am

Go ahead and post it Missy. We're all going to need all the help we can get to get rid of the MP spyware.

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Re: AdAware

Post by Missy on Thu May 22, 2008 11:36 am

My brother gave me this link when I was having problems and it helped me oh-so much! I run it at least once a week to make sure I get rid of any bugs.

Spy Bot

I ran it yesterday afternoon and cleared some things up. I am running it again now (everyone has me scared) and yet to find anything though.
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Re: AdAware

Post by brandiland73 on Thu May 22, 2008 11:37 am

Using any program the removes files from any system....good or bad can create its own issues. Please make sure you read what things are and how they relate.

The link below cleans your registry after all the other programs create more......I use this but with all internet programs it is at your own risk.

Its amazing if you do a search with it what it finds.


http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm
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Re: AdAware

Post by edbson on Thu May 22, 2008 11:40 am

Here is the link to spybot. I have been using it for years and it is one of the best.
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

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Re: AdAware

Post by razorstar on Thu May 22, 2008 12:42 pm

Free AVG Anti-Spyware.... this one works great!!!!


http://www.filehippo.com/download_avg_antispyware/
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Post by allowingtoo on Thu May 22, 2008 1:00 pm

I rarely use AdAware because I prefer SpyBot. I would highly recommend SpyWareBlaster as it keeps the stuff from getting on your computer in the FIRST place. I rarely ever have anything show up in SpyBot or AdAware because of SpyWare Blaster. It's free of course and it used to be included in the old SpyBot, now it's a separate DL and you have to make sure you update it regularly.

FYI I clicked the link for MyPoints (ugh) before I checked over here. After reading all of this I ran SpyBot & AdAware but didn't find anything I needed to get rid of.

To clean up your computer super-quick, I recommend (free)
CCleaner

CCleaner also has a registry cleaner that has never done any harm to my computers. BUT make sure you uncheck the box that installs the Yahoo Toolbar when you're installing it.

AVG Free IS terrific. But why would you send them to FileHippo to download it?


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Post by Lori on Thu May 22, 2008 1:26 pm

I use AdAware regularly but thanks for all the heads up on the other programs. I'm dling SpyBot right now.

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Post by Missy on Thu May 22, 2008 2:33 pm

I love CCleaner! My brother gave me this laptop and I trust everything he has to say about computers. I run CCleaner at least once a week, unless I did a lot of editing with photoshop and have a lot in my recycle bin.
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Post by allowingtoo on Thu May 22, 2008 4:04 pm

If you're really really paranoid about your computer you can also run Xblock free online scanner. Ever since my cable company came by and found another person logging onto my wireless internet I try to be more aware of what's on my computer.

Xblock

That one has found things from time to time that others don't. Once it found a key logger on my computer eeek. This time it found Power Strip

"PowerStrip is an IE toolbar with a search field and link buttons. When you use a targeted merchant site, PowerStrip silently sets the afffiliate ID, so as to steal commission fees from your web shopping."

I rarely use IE - I prefer FireFox instead. Wonder where I got that?
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Post by DisneyKrayzie on Thu May 22, 2008 4:29 pm

thanks for reminding me! I never reinstalled AdAware on my new computer so I just installed it and running a scan, half way through a scan and i'm only at 2,354 infections detected. lol
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Post by razorstar on Thu May 22, 2008 5:42 pm

allowingtoo wrote:

AVG Free IS terrific. But why would you send them to FileHippo to download it?


because that was the only place i could find it.. they updated AVG and now you can hardly find just the spyware, or at least i was having trouble finding it.
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Post by Missy on Thu May 22, 2008 6:05 pm

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/AVG_AntiVirus_Free/1028312263/1

Another link for AVG.

Found it with some of the other links I have for this kinda thing. I have this one too, and like how they detect something right away.
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Post by Guest on Thu May 22, 2008 10:58 pm

I have an amazing Norton Virus and Spyware/Adware Security Suite. They get rid of it before it is allowed to penetrate my computer. That is one of the bonuses of being a Rogers High-Speed Internet user and paying through the nose for having it. LOL!

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Post by edbson on Thu May 22, 2008 10:59 pm

You can also look at download.com for AVG.
I have Road runner, and RR and Norton do not play well together.

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Post by tara on Thu May 22, 2008 11:36 pm

yeah I second that RR and Norton don't play well. Then again I haven't had anything but a headache from McAfee either... go with the free AVG

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Post by chelle on Fri May 23, 2008 1:40 am

I have avg virus scanner for email.

(have always hated norton and mcafee )

plus I use CC cleaner at least twice a day. should I also get a spyware program?

If so I reckon AVG's would be best since I have their antivirus right?

so do I need to do it?

Edited to add

I did turn back on my firewall. cant remember why I turned it off but it was making things slower for me I am sure.

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Post by chelle on Fri May 23, 2008 1:58 am

Okay I am getting Avg. its File Size: 13,460 KB so it shouldnt take more than 4 or 5 hours. its 12:57 right now and I just hit save.. we shall see. it took me two days to DL the antivirus. it was bigger.

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