View Full Version : Those who use spyware removal tools

02-04-2005, 11:59 AM

02-04-2005, 12:21 PM
Microsoft recently purchased Giant anti spyware. We've have great success with the free beta of the Microsoft product even taking care of malware as well as spyware.

02-04-2005, 12:36 PM
I kinda like Micrpsoft's Anti Spyware. I've not had a thing sneak in since installing it. That's more than I can say for the others out there.

02-04-2005, 06:23 PM
Right now the only way to remove 95% of all spyware is to format.
M$ has the best one so far (free or not) (Giant antispyware technology) still only catches a dismal 63% (http://windowssecrets.com/050127/#story1)

The only real way to protect yourself:

1. Use multiple spyware scanners
2. Careful where you browse
3. extra careful what you download
4. Use firefox

02-04-2005, 07:02 PM
I'm with Georgio on this one

Don't use IE, even though its patched for security each month, the simple fact is that its the single most targeted browser for malware (its the most used, makes sense).

Firefox is a Mozilla product, it is IEs equal in every respect, and because its on the Mozilla code base it tends to avoid most Mal/Spyware.

I haven't tried MS tool yet. I've been using AdAware 6, which has always worked admirably in removing the bit of spyware that gets through the net.


02-04-2005, 08:19 PM
One thing to stay away from, as it's loaded with spyware, is anything AOL.

02-05-2005, 07:09 AM
I purchased Webroot Spy Sweeper about 6 months ago and it's great.

The current number of spyware fingerprints loaded in it's definitions is 50,330!

That's almost twice the number of spyware definitions that Ad-ware or Spybot have!

Webroot is money well spent.

02-05-2005, 12:00 PM
just use a couple of differnet products, firewalls, anitvirus and things should work fine. i find that spybot rarely finds anything, by adaware finds stuff quite often.

02-05-2005, 12:27 PM
The m$ beta found quite a lot on my system, straight after ad-aware found nothing.

02-05-2005, 01:46 PM
ive been using the MS beta too and i think its pretty cool and user friendly.

some of the others like adaware and spybot have been a tad un user friendly.

02-05-2005, 02:04 PM
pestpatrol guys.. use pestpatrol... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


02-05-2005, 02:15 PM
Being as I am not trusting of net security or any of any kind I tried this and it nailed 24 diff kind on my rig!! Talk bout p!ssed!!!
And it found them and destroyed them in 12 minutes!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Yes and its fingerprint library is quite respectible!!
Luckily for me all my purchases online have been carried out via money order or via phone and credit cards!!
And its a wonder anyone wonders why there are ppl like Manson and John Wayne!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

But the thing I wonder is:
Do these spy/add ware prog. kill perf for games??

HEY 1-C: PIMP OUR TORP PLANES!!I guess I AM the only one wanting them!! 1-C= http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif=Mjollnir

02-05-2005, 02:41 PM
I worked on a friends daughters pc awhile back. It was one year old and they were thinking of getting a new one because it was incredibly slow. Instead of reformatting I thought I'd have some fun and sort it out. It took 10 minutes to even open a browser window (2.4 gig machine)- if it was online it took nearly 30 minutes because of viruses layered into the protocol stack doing god-knows-what on the internet(several months with expired AV software). I used mcafee 8.0i, alluria, **** cleaner and ms antispyware to clean it up - it took a full week because the machine was so slow. Then I deleted and reinstalled the protocol stack and network drivers. So absolutely yes - spyware/adware can bring your machine to it's knees.

02-05-2005, 03:08 PM
Ya know I had thought somethin was up.
Thought I had a respectable machine:
Amd 64 3200
1 gig ram
GeForce 5950 ultra(no native video solution)
Soundblaster audigy 2(no native audio solution)
Altec Lansing 5.1 surround
Saitek x-45
Track Ir 3Pro

And not to incriminate n.p. but after install of track ir my game was crippled.
All of my other games are on par.
A fix for p.f. for now is not on my mind.I haven't even installed 3.04.
I will wait for the add-on or what have they. No problem.
I have a model I am jammin on and for now research has my attention.As soon as I think I "know" the turkey I can apply the proper hand!!


Howie A
02-05-2005, 03:19 PM
I've been loaded with defenses for quite some time. I did find 3 new spyware with Spy Sweeper. I also have Net Peeker, MS's Spyware beta, Pest Patrol, Zone Alarm, and Norton's AV and script protection. Each Spyware utility gets stuff others miss; I've tested them on several occasions. I even installed a program, Limewire, with known spyware to test Spy Sweeper and it missed what Pest Patrol got.

The best overall defense in my opinion is Firefox.