Spyware Detector

By macx
Oct 16, 2005
  1. I just tried it - it found 8 worms on my registry
    that Spybot didn't know were there.


    Pretty soon that's all we'll be doing is scanning,
    scanning, scanning.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,123   +982

    A good defense is a better offense.
    1. Get and configure a firewall. If they can't get in, then you save a lot of time/effort.
    2. If you have DSL/Cable access, then even if you only have one computer, get a router anyway. The NAT feature will act like another type of firewall.
    3. Spywareblaster from java cool software will help control ActiveX trojans
    4. Avoid Outlook, Outlook Express as email clients; they allow VBscript and ActiveX which again opens the door. Switch to Thunderbird
    5. and of course, be very cautious on opening email attachments
    6. don't forget Microsoft Security Updates - - they really help
    Knock on wood, but I've been free of this stuff for almost a year now by being
    proactive on security (ie: take action first, rather than reactive by scanning and fixing).
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    I'd already read on that forum what a router does in regards to
    spyware, so my wife is sending me the spare router from home (I'm
    out of state on an extended job). When I'm home, we have 3 computers
    hooked to our router, when I'm gone there's still 2.

    So I'll just use the spare to accomplish that.

    I never have used Outlook or even IE for that very reason.

    My wife and I have used a common Excite home page & email
    on Netscape for years for both our computers, really hate to switch everything out now. But I will take a look at Thunderbird.

    And I NEVER open emails where I'm not absolutely sure of the source.
    When it's obviously questionable, I report them as spam to Excite, hoping to cut them off at the knees so to speak.

    Thanks so much!
    All suggestions/info considered & much appreciated!
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You're perfectly fine with Netscape email. After all, it's based on the same engine as Thunderbird.
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