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tau neutrino
PLATINUM Member since Oct 2001

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Location: singapore

Total posts: 35
Posted:i saw the earlier thread on file sharing progams and i think spyware deserves a new thread. hey i know that lots of people here use file sharing programs. The fact is lots of these come with spy ware. i suggest that everyone go to www.lavasoftusa.com and download adaware and run it on their machine... you will be amazed at the number of spyware on your machine. its scary sometimes.... and if you are so inclined to download adaware...also down load the latest signature/registry file into your adaware directory. peace out. it would be cool to hear from people about what spyware everyone found on their machines. we have shared the type of music we listen to and clothes we wear.. why not what spyware lurks in your harddrive...big brother is watching.[This message has been edited by ikarus (edited 26 January 2002).]

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Knagi


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Location: Brunswick, Ohio

Total posts: 397
Posted:125 components found....EEK....Thanks man

We are all in the cosmic movie. That means the day you die you watch your whole life repeating for eternity. So you'd better have some good things happen in there and have a fitting climax. --Jim MorrisonIt's going to come from a direction you didn't predict at a moment of chaos which you didn't see coming. -- NYC

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Spin Doctor


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Location: Newbury, Berkshire, England

Total posts: 34
Posted:Cheers man! I didn't realise I had so much gator.com crap and everything on my computer, why do companies think they can get away by doing crap like this???CheersStu

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N8


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Location: NY, USA

Total posts: 336
Posted:Well no shit... 37 components foundWhat a beautiful program Many humble thanks N8.

Care of other people's approval and you become their prisoner.Live fully, Rave wholly.Fluid are the movements of my strings...

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SorchaTheFlaming


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Location: Calgary alberta Canada

Total posts: 235
Posted:right on... no more pop ups for me..thanks!!

Teach tolerance, not competition.
Send food, not bombs.

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Bendy


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Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia

Total posts: 750
Posted:heh heh, wouldn't it be funny if Adaware installed its own spyware software!
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Courage is the man who can stop after only one peanut

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:101 for me - mostly Gator which is freaky because I un-installed it as soon as I got it...Cheers Ikarus.

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Bendy


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Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia

Total posts: 750
Posted:I got 4. Security conscious paranoid freak that I am
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tau neutrino
PLATINUM Member since Oct 2001

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Location: singapore

Total posts: 35
Posted:i had to bump this ....

Read thsi first ....
http://news.com.com/2100-1023-873181.html
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PLease please go get adaware.5.71 from www.lavasoftusa.com and clean out spyware.
i just got 250! componenets becuse my brother installed kazaa.
I have also found a kazaa on line w/o the spyware... its called kazaa lite....look for it people.

and by the way post how many spyware componenets you found...


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Tracered


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Location: Salem, Oregon USA

Total posts: 71
Posted:Shit. Thanks for the info man. I found 94 components!

I expected some since I run Kazaa, but I have no idea where all the gator shit came from. Thanks again.


An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind - Mahatma Gandhi

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Spiral


Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire

Total posts: 729
Posted:53, cheers for that

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The Welcome Matt


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Location: Manchester NH USA

Total posts: 193
Posted:I had 24. I don't really get it. These are programs that were secretly installed onto my hard drive? and by using the program i get rid of them? Does this free up space on my hard drive? I often should i scan my hard drive?

hmm seems like its helpful.. but i don't understand


I dreamt that I ate a 10 pound marshmellow and then when I woke up, my pillow was gone!

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tau neutrino
PLATINUM Member since Oct 2001

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Location: singapore

Total posts: 35
Posted:Well alot of file sharing programs come with spyware attached. And even that annoying thing you see on web pages that scream "Click me to have a friendly BONZi bubby on your computer" they are all spy ware. Most of them invade your privacy. ie they report back to their masters on where you surf and what you look at on the web. somne of them are ad programs. Ever notice when you are just surfing the web, ads pop up for no reason? thats spyware sometimes too. They look at what website you are at and they pull up an ad that matches your demographic.

*but* the most dangerous ones are like the new ones from the likes of kazaa. I know this sounds science fiction. But these programs give the compnay that wrote it *!remote* control over your computer. ie when you are not using the computer it will activate and do the program writers bidding. the compnay now wants to use it to serve ads to other computers, ie the ads will be saved opn your hard disk and sent out to others, and to also use your unused CPU time to do other peoples work. *ALL KAZAA* users have this program installed. pretty soon your computer will be working for someone else to.

And yes Welcome matt, they do take up space. not a whole lot of space. but space nontheless. every now and then is a good idea to check your computer.


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TwirlyVic


TwirlyVic

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Total posts: 235
Posted:if you're really concerned about spyware like me then try blubster.com for a music sharing system that is completly spy free.

HAPPY DAYS!

vic xx


ex-hop-aholic, now inconsistent lurker...

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Supafly
BRONZE Member since Apr 2001

TNT
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

Total posts: 173
Posted:Found 194 files on my brother's computer! Thanks for the tip.

Fear the evil monkey!

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Kyrian


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Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:37. appreciate the tip!

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

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Teine


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Location: Asheville, NC

Total posts: 74
Posted:as paranoid as i am, i still had two.
(grr...and i'm not running any of the progs mentioned...i'm running Direct Connect.)
oddly enough, both spyware bits found came from microsoft. i'm suprised. really. i am. honest. i just talk in monotone ALL the time.
*grrs at software companies that have gotten too big for their britches*


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arsn


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Location: Behind the couch...

Total posts: 1903
Posted:287... do I get a prize???

I can't hear you... I have a banana in my ear.

"You mean I'll have to use my brain?... but I use staff!!!" ~ ben-ja-men

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