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Nills Lagerbaak
18-08-2004, 15:07:38
Please help!

I connected to the internet via broadband the other day, now I have about five new icons on my taskbar that I never requested. Why did they appear, how do I get rid of them and how do I stop them coming back (one has a little dog logo and is called "cashback")

Also sometimes my processor seems to go mad and there are all these wiered processes that are taking up loads of CPU power, that apparantly I started, but I didn't.

I hates it I does

18-08-2004, 15:17:48
Run ad aware

And or Spybot SD

Do an antivirus scan and get a firewall!

Nills Lagerbaak
18-08-2004, 15:21:25
I've done a virus scan and got "no virus results"

I have a firewall (what exactly does it do?) and I have a virus scanner that checks all incoming data.

I might try Spybot (what is spyware?)

Thank You!

18-08-2004, 15:25:02
Spyware programs are little fucking annoying little cunts that install themselves without your permission and then either collect and distribute information about you or try to redirect you to other particular websites or in some instances will try to install other software including viri.

Spybot is completely free and well worth getting. You might be surprised at all the crap hidden on your PC.

Nills Lagerbaak
18-08-2004, 15:27:35
I'm looking forward to digging up loads of the little feckers. But how did they get through my firewall/virus scanner?

18-08-2004, 15:30:59
Firewall blocks and/or monitors ports...kind of the doors inot the computer that the network uses to pass info back and forth.

Spyware is a program that is installed on your system(most often without your knowledge) that can be innocent-ish...ie for ads or cause real headaches, like say Bonzi Buddy and Gator.

You can get them from unsafe computing ;)

Nills Lagerbaak
18-08-2004, 15:36:41
:D Thanks you, I am aware of how I got them, did you really need to jepardise my modesty?

18-08-2004, 15:43:40
Get Adaware too, theres things that each one misses but if you have both your pretty clean

Nills Lagerbaak
18-08-2004, 15:53:58
Thanks a million, I shall install both these chaps tonight,

18-08-2004, 15:57:15
Also be aware that Spoybot recognises Ad Aware as a spyware program. Don't ask me why.

18-08-2004, 21:24:39
Spybot pops up a warning about having Ad Aware installed and Sypbot at the same time. Forgotten what the exact darned message is.

Nills Lagerbaak
19-08-2004, 09:45:42
Didn't seem to have any conflicts between the two :) Ah, twas quite satisfying eradicating 57 of the little bastards. 57 in less than an hours surfing!?! Amazing

19-08-2004, 10:11:45
57 ads in an hour or... :nervous:

Nills Lagerbaak
19-08-2004, 10:14:50
Yes, adaware found 57 problems and I had only been connected to the internet for 1hour!

19-08-2004, 19:57:33
Were most of those tracking cookies? You'll accumulate a bunch of those off of just one "safe" website, due to all the ads and count boxes.

Nills Lagerbaak
20-08-2004, 10:48:28
Yes, I think that's what they were...couldn't really identify them after I had repeatedly pummeled their spying little eyes in.

20-08-2004, 18:35:31
A supplementary question. If I get a free "pest scan" scan from the "pest control" folk, then it comes up with a whole bunch of stuff that ad-aware and spy-bot don't seem to worry about. Does that mean they're lacking, or is pest scan over sensitive about things ?

22-08-2004, 10:48:15
I gave it a go. Mostly it just picks up tracking cookies. Big fat furry deal.

23-08-2004, 11:03:49
Thanks, but could you expand that please ? Isn't preventing the buggers tracking you without your permission part of what you're trying to avoid ?

After all it doesn't sem to pick up stuff from my often used sites who I might expect to add stuff on my PC that is beneficial to me.

23-08-2004, 21:55:47
Tracking cookies are just that. Little files that your browser keeps so that the site that gave it to you can ask for it back on your next visit. They have legitimate non-tracking/spying uses... such as remembering what settings you like to use for that web site. But advertisers use them to see how often and where they last served you an ad, and others use them for similar reasons.

31-08-2004, 14:50:20
This is interesting as one tends to trust a product not to give false positives, so if one scan finds more than another, you tend to think it may be better at searching ! (http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,10869229~mode=flat)

Of course, it's possible that thread is bogus, but I assume not. Particularly since I ran a few spyware scans on my PC and only pest scan worried about this one.