Old  November 16th, 2004, 12:04am     #46
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Free download site for Ad-aware SE, Spybot Search and Destroy, Webroot Spysweeper, etc. (they keep the site current) is CNet.com or click this link and do search for the program you need: http://www.download.com/2001-20_4-0.html?tag=cnetfd.sb

**Before running either Ad-aware or Spybot update both and then make sure you turn off System Restore (XP, ME) first then reboot your computer into safe mode. If you don't any little critters you have loaded in memory or that are in the last System Restore save will just keep reloading themselves.

I have noted many complaints in the forums about popups - two tools I recommend are Popup Stopper Free Edition or (better) the Google Toolbar. Both can be downloaded from CNet.com. An added benefit of the Google Toolbar is that you can use it to assist in filling out your entry forms and doing quick searches.

Be wary of most toolbars as most are spyware themselves or will open the door for spyware to invade. Mysearch bar and Hot Bar are bad news so try to avoid them.

For those who need a virus program and do not wish to constantly have to pay, pay, pay for updates etc. may want to try one of the free antivirus programs available. Be forewarned that some are little better than having NO virus protection. Two that have shown themselves to be worth a try are AntiVir Personal Edition (download at http://www.free-av.com/ ) and
Grisoft's AVG Anti-Virus (download at http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php ). The later you have to register to receive. (registration is free)

Happy computing!
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  Old  November 16th, 2004, 12:16am     #47
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An excellent program to give you a concise breakdown of your computer hardware and software is Belarc Advisor v6.1f You can download it at CNet.com, Tucows.com, PCWorld.com etc. I suggest running it and doing a printout whenever you make a significant change to either your hardware or software so that if you have a system crash and have to reformat your HD memory fog doesn't get you.
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  Old  November 20th, 2004, 7:50am     #48
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cool free trojan zapper!
I downloaded this cool trojan zapper and I like it so much I want to share. It's called ewido security suite 3.0. It is compatible with most other AV programs and updates automatically and runs in real time, plus you can scan manually. The url for this is: http://www.ewido.net/en/


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  Old  November 25th, 2004, 7:41pm     #49
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KNOWLEDGE BASE LINKS WINDOWS USER INTERFACE
http://aumha.org/win5/kbui.htm

KNOWLEDGE BASE LINKS WINDOWS ERROR MESSAGES
http://aumha.org/win4/kberrmsg.htm

Fatal Exception Errors
http://www.generation.net/~hleboeuf/fatlexer.htm

Homepage Hijackers
http://www.cexx.org/hphijack.htm

How to troubleshoot "Stop 0x0000007B" errors in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;324103

Blue Screen Preparation Before Contacting Microsoft
http://support.microsoft.com/default...;en-us;q129845

Gathering Blue Screen Information After Memory Dump in Windows 2000 or Windows NT
http://support.microsoft.com/default...;en-us;q192463
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  Old  November 29th, 2004, 6:48pm     #50
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OE_WMPWMFSDK_INSTALL_2
I have spy sweeper and it came up with a long line of these with numbers at the end...I ran a spy sweeper after window update...they added the Service pack 2 for windows xp
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  Old  December 1st, 2004, 7:07am     #51
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more free programs
another free virus scan from maker of zone alarm and ez armor

http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/v...o/default.aspx

another free trojan scanner

http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/

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  Old  February 17th, 2005, 12:26pm     #52
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Calculating your website's download time
This article has a formula for calculating how long it will take your website to download, and additional helpful tips.

http://www.isitebuild.com/calculate.htm

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  Old  February 24th, 2005, 12:17am     #53
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I like to get recommended software from www.cnet.com

I like to get my pc scanned for problems at www.pcpitstop.com

Hope this helps those in need.

Bob
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  Old  February 24th, 2005, 12:51am     #54
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Free online Trojan Scanner
http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/

Trojan horses are a huge security threat. A Trojan is a program that enters your computer undetected, giving the attacker who planted the Trojan unrestricted access to the data stored on your computer. Trojans can transmit credit card information and other confidential data in the background. Trojans are often not caught by virus scanning engines, because these are focused on viruses, not Trojans. Catching such threats would require the use of a Trojan scanner (a.k.a Trojan cleaner, Trojan remover, anti-Trojan).
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  Old  March 9th, 2005, 1:42am     #55
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PC WORLD (April 2005) just reviewed Spyware Software and they rated "Sunbelt Software CounterSpy 1.0" as the best. They also said that Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta is the best of the freebies so far.

www.grisoft.com for a good free anti-virus
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  Old  March 18th, 2005, 10:45am     #56
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Quote:
Originally Posted by amyshulk
Here is a link to g4ttv's post of ALL the free goodies to use to protect your comp:

http://forums.g4techtv.com/messagevi...hreadid=147247

Startup Utilities
Hardware and Software Reporting Utilities
Internet Security
Free Personal Firewalls
Web based Virus and Trojan Scanners
Local computer Virus and Trojan Scanners
Links to common virus removal instructions
Adware, Spyware, and Hijacker Scanners
PopUp Stoppers
Web Sites with Useful information
Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles
Windows Installation Helpful How To Sites
Registry Cleaners, file shredders, and file recovery
Audio and Video conversion and editing
Tweak Sites and Software
Spell Checkers


Scroll down to "Free Personal Firewalls" and decide which one to d/ld.
Remember, it's best to create a restore point BEFORE you d/ld, and wait awhile before d/ld'ing another program in case there is a conflict.

Then scroll down to "Local computer Virus and Trojan Scanners" and select one to use.

Those are the two MOST important progs. But you have to learn to surf safely, because they won't prevent you from making a mistake.

I also use spybot and adaware - they find things your antivirus doesn't look for, sso they are good to have too.

There is also a list of Web based Virus and Trojan Scanners - I try to do at least one of the online scans once a week or so. No one antivirus finds everything, so they are a good back-up


EDIT 17 FEB 2005 to add greensthings link/post to rogue spyware cleaners:


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  Old  March 30th, 2005, 10:58am     #57
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TY shamrockin - that's exactly what I was looking for! I am familiar with G4ttv's boards, so I am comfortable recommending them, but I knew there were other great boards out there with great people too!

thanks again, amy
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  Old  April 15th, 2005, 8:36am     #58
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  Old  May 14th, 2005, 4:24pm     #59
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Configuring BIOS
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/bios3.htm
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  Old  May 14th, 2005, 4:45pm     #60
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Best Anti-Virus IMHO
It's Avast....Every computer I've ran it on, it's found something

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

And It's free for home users.

Jkloosterman
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