Re: Yor computer is infected
- From: Bruce Chambers <bchambers@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 20:23:45 -0700
What is the best anti-spyware software on the market. I have been checking with BestBuy and Circuit City, based on feedback from their reps I am told that SpySweeper is the best software available is this true?
When visiting either Best Buy or Circuit City (or CompUSA, or any other big box chain store), listen very carefully to what the sales clerks advise. And then be sure to do the exact opposite. You'll seldom go wrong this way.
To deal with issues caused by any sort of "adware" and/or "spyware," such as Gator, Comet Cursors, Smiley Central, Xupiter, Bonzai Buddy, or KaZaA, and their remnants, that you've deliberately (but without understanding the consequences) installed, two products that are quite effective (at finding and removing this type of scumware) are Ad-Aware from www.lavasoft.de and SpyBot Search & Destroy from www.safer-networking.org/. Both have free versions. It's even possible to use SpyBot Search & Destroy to "immunize" your system against most future intrusions. I use both and generally perform manual scans every week or so to clean out cookies, etc.
Additionally, manual removal instructions for the most common varieties of scumware are available here:
PC Hell Spyware and Adware Removal Help
More information and assistance is available at these sites:
Blocking Ads, Parasites, and Hijackers with a Hosts File
The Parasite Fight
There are several essential components to computer security: a
knowledgeable and pro-active user, a properly configured firewall,
reliable and up-to-date antivirus software, and the prompt repair (via
patches, hotfixes, or service packs) of any known vulnerabilities.
The weakest link in this "equation" is, of course, the computer
user. No software manufacturer can -- nor should they be expected
to -- protect the computer user from him/herself. All too many people
have bought into the various PC/software manufacturers marketing
claims of easy computing. They believe that their computer should be
no harder to use than a toaster oven; they have neither the
inclination or desire to learn how to safely use their computer. All
too few people keep their antivirus software current, install patches
in a timely manner, or stop to really think about that cutesy link
they're about to click.
Firewalls and anti-virus applications, which should always be used
and should always be running, are important components of "safe hex,"
but they cannot, and should not be expected to, protect the computer
user from him/herself. Ultimately, it is incumbent upon each and
every computer user to learn how to secure his/her own computer.
To learn more about practicing "safe hex," start with these links:
Protect Your PC
Home Computer Security
List of Antivirus Software Vendors
Home PC Firewall Guide
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