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  1. #1

    This program setup (please read)

    AVG Free 7.5 (after tonite I had it with norton.)
    Zone alarm (been using Zone for years.)
    Easy Cleaner (registy cleaner)
    AusLogics Disk Defrag (better then windows IMO)
    Spywear Doctor (payed for)

    I also have McAfee Stinger in my bookmarks. So what do you think of my setup? Pretty good????
    Last edited by Johntom2000; 12-19-2007 at 04:22 AM.

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    ZoneAlarm is now including a stealth install of AskJeeves toolbar which is a spyware application... I will not be recommending them any more...

    I hope that is really Spyware Doctor, otherwise, you were robbed...

    Registry Cleaners are dangerous... If you are going to use it, be sure to back up your Registry prior to running it...

    If I remember, McAfee Stinger is a targeted program, so it isn't likely to be helpful... However, there are a number of online scans you can run if needed...

    AVG is pretty good, although having used Avast, I recommend it over AVG these days...

    Here is my complete prevention speech which will give you more extensive ideas, especially in the article...

    Please consider using these ideas to help secure your computer. While there is no way to guarantee safety when you use a computer, these steps will make it much less likely that you will need to endure another infection. While we really like to help people, we would rather help you protect yourself so that you won't need that help in the future. :thumbup:

    Please navigate to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com and download all the "Critical Updates" for Windows. These will patch many of the security holes through which attackers can gain access to your computer. Your current versions appear to be outdated.

    Please either enable Automatic Updates under Start -> Control Panel -> Automatic Updates or get into the habit of checking Windows Update regularly. They usually have security updates every month. You can set Windows to notify you of Updates so that you can choose, but only do this if you believe you are able to understand which ones are needed. This is a crucial security measure.

    As a minimum, you need at least an antivirus, firewall and some type of anti-spyware program.

    Please consider installing and running some of the following programs; they are either free or have free versions of commercial programs:

    Spybot-Search & Destroy
    A tutorial on using Spybot to remove spyware from your computer may be found here. Please also remember to enable Spybot's "Immunize" and "TeaTimer" features if you don't have the resident part of another anti-spyware program running.

    SpywareBlaster
    A tutorial on using SpywareBlaster to prevent malware from ever installing on your computer may be found here.

    SpywareGuard
    A tutorial on using SpywareGuard for real-time protection against spyware and hijackers may be found here.

    If you use Internet Explorer, it is a good idea to use IE-Spyad which provides protections against malicious websites.

    Please keep these programs up-to-date and run them whenever you suspect a problem to prevent malware problems. A number of programs have resident protection and it is a good idea to run the resident protection of one of each type of program to maintain protection. However, it is important to run only one resident program of each type since they can conflict and become less effective. That means only one antivirus, firewall and scanning anti-spyware program at a time. Passive protectors, like SpywareBlaster and IE-Spyad can be run with any of them.

    Note that there are a lot of rogue programs out there that want to scare you into giving them your money and some malware actually claims to be security programs. If you get a popup for a security program that you did not install yourself, do NOT click on it and ask for help immediately. It is very important to run an antivirus and firewall, but you can't always rely on reviews and ads for information. Ask in a security forum that you trust if you are not sure. If you are unsure are looking for anti-spyware programs, you can find out if it is a rogue here:

    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

    Please consider using an alternate browser. Mozilla's Firefox browser is a very good alternative. In addition to being generally more secure than Internet Explorer, it has a very good built-in popup blocker and add-ons, like NoScripts, can make it even more secure. Opera is another good option.
    If you are interested, Firefox may be downloaded from here
    Opera is available here: http://www.opera.com/download/

    For much more useful information, please also read Tony Klein's excellent article: How did I get infected in the first place

    Hopefully these steps will help to keep you error free.
    Budfred ..... Caveat Emptor....

    Helpful links SpywareBlaster... HijackThis... ATF Cleaner...

    Post a complaint about malware here!!
    So how did I get infected in the first place??

    MS MVP 2006 and ASAP member since 2004...

    If you PM me for help, expect an irritated response... Post in the forum...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Budfred View Post
    ZoneAlarm is now including a stealth install of AskJeeves toolbar which is a spyware application... I will not be recommending them any more...

    I hope that is really Spyware Doctor, otherwise, you were robbed...

    Registry Cleaners are dangerous... If you are going to use it, be sure to back up your Registry prior to running it...

    If I remember, McAfee Stinger is a targeted program, so it isn't likely to be helpful... However, there are a number of online scans you can run if needed...

    AVG is pretty good, although having used Avast, I recommend it over AVG these days...

    Here is my complete prevention speech which will give you more extensive ideas, especially in the article...

    Please consider using these ideas to help secure your computer. While there is no way to guarantee safety when you use a computer, these steps will make it much less likely that you will need to endure another infection. While we really like to help people, we would rather help you protect yourself so that you won't need that help in the future. :thumbup:

    Please navigate to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com and download all the "Critical Updates" for Windows. These will patch many of the security holes through which attackers can gain access to your computer. Your current versions appear to be outdated.

    Please either enable Automatic Updates under Start -> Control Panel -> Automatic Updates or get into the habit of checking Windows Update regularly. They usually have security updates every month. You can set Windows to notify you of Updates so that you can choose, but only do this if you believe you are able to understand which ones are needed. This is a crucial security measure.

    As a minimum, you need at least an antivirus, firewall and some type of anti-spyware program.

    Please consider installing and running some of the following programs; they are either free or have free versions of commercial programs:

    Spybot-Search & Destroy
    A tutorial on using Spybot to remove spyware from your computer may be found here. Please also remember to enable Spybot's "Immunize" and "TeaTimer" features if you don't have the resident part of another anti-spyware program running.

    SpywareBlaster
    A tutorial on using SpywareBlaster to prevent malware from ever installing on your computer may be found here.

    SpywareGuard
    A tutorial on using SpywareGuard for real-time protection against spyware and hijackers may be found here.

    If you use Internet Explorer, it is a good idea to use IE-Spyad which provides protections against malicious websites.

    Please keep these programs up-to-date and run them whenever you suspect a problem to prevent malware problems. A number of programs have resident protection and it is a good idea to run the resident protection of one of each type of program to maintain protection. However, it is important to run only one resident program of each type since they can conflict and become less effective. That means only one antivirus, firewall and scanning anti-spyware program at a time. Passive protectors, like SpywareBlaster and IE-Spyad can be run with any of them.

    Note that there are a lot of rogue programs out there that want to scare you into giving them your money and some malware actually claims to be security programs. If you get a popup for a security program that you did not install yourself, do NOT click on it and ask for help immediately. It is very important to run an antivirus and firewall, but you can't always rely on reviews and ads for information. Ask in a security forum that you trust if you are not sure. If you are unsure are looking for anti-spyware programs, you can find out if it is a rogue here:

    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

    Please consider using an alternate browser. Mozilla's Firefox browser is a very good alternative. In addition to being generally more secure than Internet Explorer, it has a very good built-in popup blocker and add-ons, like NoScripts, can make it even more secure. Opera is another good option.
    If you are interested, Firefox may be downloaded from here
    Opera is available here: http://www.opera.com/download/

    For much more useful information, please also read Tony Klein's excellent article: How did I get infected in the first place

    Hopefully these steps will help to keep you error free.
    Thanks for the info. Yeah Stinger is sometimes call a "quick fix". I haven't really got into firefox. An I heard of opera. Adware,Spybot and other haven't really jelled together so, that the reason why I went with spyware doctore from PC tools. We used when I worked for the school board I worked for. I went to some trusted sites for reviews on AVG (Cnet) and (PCWorld). I always ran a firewall the one thing I will miss is norton firewall I really loved it. but we will see how its worked out.

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    You do know that you can click on Post Reply and it won't quote the prior post, right??
    Budfred ..... Caveat Emptor....

    Helpful links SpywareBlaster... HijackThis... ATF Cleaner...

    Post a complaint about malware here!!
    So how did I get infected in the first place??

    MS MVP 2006 and ASAP member since 2004...

    If you PM me for help, expect an irritated response... Post in the forum...

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