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I don't want to use it, but I had some crazy looking screen pop other the other day saying something about spyware and my "files" (or something) were being monitored. Had to shut down to get out of it???
 

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When you install some software the program looks around your computer, then "phones home" with the information.

That's not good, it's doing it unbenownst to you, and telling the company everything that it can find, I.E. passwords, settings, ......

It also eats up your system resources.

if your running Windows 98, you can see what's in your start-up, there's several websites which will help in identifying what's SpyWare and what's not.

Here's a quick how to:

START
run
msconfig

Start up

Be careful what you select, don't want to louse up things.
 

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Very easy solution...

Go to www.download.com
Under search, type in Adaware.
This is a very simple to operate program that searches your computer for any signs of spyware.

Download it and run it. It will scan your computer and give you the choice to delete them. Do this like once every week or two and you should be good.

If you have any problems let me know.....
 

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THANK YOU Kezzerone! I downloaded that software, it found 36 items. I deleted them all. Most said cookies. Is there ever anything you don't delete? Is this something an anti-virus program would prevent? I just had computer fixed and am reinstalling Norton now. THanks again!
 

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It's not a good sign when your significant other loads it on the computer and you know it......
Don't ever send me sumthing you don't want anyone else to see! Just call me I don't think that's bugged!
 

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Everytime I run it, I delete everything. 36 items is not that bad... the first time I ran it, it found 618. Just make sure that at the end of the search when it lists the items found, there is a check in ALL of the boxes. Sometimes it will not automatically check all of them. Once in a while you will want to do the Live update.. this will update the program with any new items to be aware of.

Personally I use Norton Anti Virus 2004 for virus protection... it seems to work very well. I run a full system scan with that once a week, doing the live update often also. In order to do the live update you must have a current subscription. Depending on what year Norton you have, it may not be a bad idea to update it. Just recently I updated my 2002 Norton, to 2004. The update and a one year subscription cost approx. $37 It can be done all online. Well worth it to protect your computer from all the viruses out there right now.

I hope I was somewhat of a help... again, if you have any questions, post or PM me.

John
 

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1360 items removed!


Holly sheot!
 

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along with AdAware, I recommend Spybot Search and Destroy.

get it here:
Spybot Search and Destroy Download

it is completely free, maybe not quite as user friendly as AdAware.
From what I've heard on Tech TV, if you use both AdAware and Spybot you can catch most everything.. but neither catches everything alone.
 

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thanks kezzerone, I had 366 items removed. Some of the stuff it found, I have wanted removed for a long time.
 
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