Wildtangent plugin for Winamp, is it really harmful?

By julks
Apr 3, 2002
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  1. OK, those plugins with chicks dancing and stuff is cool, but I saw a lot of comments (on the Winamp's site) saying they are spyware...

    What is the truth?
    Is it really harmful?
    I'm using Norton Internet Security 2002, which have Firewall. Is it enough to be safe?


    Like always, thanks for your attention.
  2. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 875

    download the new ad aware and after you install the plugin run ad-aware and if the plugin contains a spyware file, ad aware will find it and delete for you..

    you can get ad aware at lavasoftusa.com
  3. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah Newcomer, in training Posts: 868

    Spyware isn't anything harmful, but it can be considered an invasion of rights, IMO of course. It'll just monitor the websites you go to so Winamp can sell the info to other companies.

    I also run Norton Antivirus 2002 and I think it is very secure, but it will not stop spyware from being on your computer (in my case it's Kazaa's spyware) so you will need to download a program such as svtcobra suggested. Adware is supposed to be one of the best programs for removing spyware so I highly recommend it.

    Worst case scenario is that spyware will slow down your computer. At least mine does when I'm running Kazaa and I'm on a cable modem so I notice the difference quite easily.
  4. julks

    julks Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    svtcobra:

    OK, I'll try the software you indicated, thanks.


    SuperCheetah:

    I love Kazaa, and right now, it's downloading lots of stuff (you know...) so even the "Post Reply" page of the forum took forever to load... I'm on a 256/64 ADSL connection...
    Is it (Kazaa) slowing down your computer? I didn't feel so much of a diference... Maybe because I'm always running this proggy :D

    Kazaa is spyware too, hmmmmm :mad:


    Thanks for the replies guys! Anyone else?
  5. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah Newcomer, in training Posts: 868

    Here is the proof for the Kazaa spyware arguement in a previous post from myself. There is also an Ad free version you can download. Just follow the link:

    http://www.3dspotlight.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=883

    I think all the spyware is what is slowing the system down, at least in my opinion. It doesn't really slow it down alot, but it is noticeable. I still can't complain cause my cable connection is extremely fast! :)
  6. julks

    julks Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    I just scanned the system with Ad-aware v5.7.
    And it found 7 entries, 5 of them was related to Kazaa (if not more). So, I backuped all the entries and wanted to exclude all to find what could happen, but there are two options: ignore, or exlude...
    I don't know what is the diference, so I choose to "ignore" all of the entries. Scanned again and the Ad-aware told me no entries were found... Should I choose the other option (exlude)?
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Ignore will make Ad-Aware think that those entries are actualyl good entries, meaning it will no longer consider them SPyWare & will leave them alone.

    I generally delete the SpyWare entries I find.
  8. julks

    julks Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    OK, I'll delete all of them, but... Is it safe to delete them? :confused:
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    You generally get a message saying that Ad programs ( such as FlashGet, Go!Zilla, etc... ) will not work but I've found out that they actually do work. In the space where you would normally have the Ad, it's just stays blank. I've never tryed it with WildTangent programs. I'm not much into visual plug ins ( allthough the Black & White bear is hilarious :cool: ).
  10. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah Newcomer, in training Posts: 868

    I've heard Kazaa will not work if you disable the ads although there are several ways of doing this supposedly. Here is a link telling you how to disable ads in Kazaa:
    Generally, program developers like to say they will not work, but in reality they always end up working one way or another.
  11. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    You don't have to put up with the ads -> KaZaa Lite
     
  12. julks

    julks Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Did you see the new release of Kazaa? v1.6...
    But I haven't found any diference, maybe they just put more spyware on it...
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