REQ: Links to lists of known Spyware/Malware/Adware apps?

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by Jeff N., Oct 28, 2004.

  1. Jeff N.

    Jeff N. Guest

    Just looking for a few sites that either have a list of known garbage
    programs or a search database that you folks around here like and use.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
    Jeff N., Oct 28, 2004
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    Robin T Cox Guest

    Here are two:

    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/
    (lists the best known ones)

    http://www.spychecker.com/
    (enables you to check a particular program for spyware)
     
    Robin T Cox, Oct 28, 2004
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  3. Jeff N.

    Jeff N. Guest

    Thanks Robin!
     
    Jeff N., Oct 28, 2004
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    Doc Guest

    Also this site ...
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
     
    Doc, Oct 29, 2004
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  5. Jeff N.

    Jeff N. Guest

    Thanks Doc, already got that one bookmarked! ;?)
     
    Jeff N., Oct 29, 2004
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    ß©©ß Guest

    Good Grief......

    After looking at this site (above) and considering all the things that
    one needs to do, I am about ready to pull the plug on the internet.
    Hell, not only are we getting blasted with tons of viruses, spyware,
    adware, popups and spam, and now we got to run tons more software to
    kill all this junk, and on top of that over half the software to
    prevent it, is bogus or actually causes the problem. All I wanted to
    do was browse the web, not spend my whole life on the computer trying
    to fight off all this crap. It seems like the internet is becoming
    nothing but a big garbage dump of crap. I used to feel that the
    internet should remain free from government control, but I am quickly
    changing my attitude about that. If they dont step in soon, we all
    may as well pull the plugs on the net.

    I guess the only other option is to have two computers. One for
    personal use and software, and one that is used to ONLY go online, and
    when the online one gets blasted, it's time to format and reinstall
    windows.

    I'd estimate that I spent nearly 50 hours in the last 2 weeks trying
    to clean up the last attack of spyware, and still dont have a computer
    that functions corrctly. If it wasn't for personal stuff, I would
    have reformatted long ago. In fact I just went to dos, and did a
    deltree on the whole IE folder. The hell with it. I got my old
    version of Netscape 4.76 and that still works.
     
    ß©©ß, Oct 29, 2004
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    cmsix Guest

    If you want a separate machine just for surfing, I'd suggest Knoppix
    for the operating system. It is fully contained on one CD and it runs
    without a hard disc. If you do happen to get infected, just reboot.

    cmsix
     
    cmsix, Oct 29, 2004
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  8. Jeff N.

    Robin T Cox Guest

    I would second that. Since there's no way that any spyware can write to a
    CD ROM, you're bomb-proof.

    Sure, there's a little learning curve to get used to Knoppix, but most
    people who visit this group will have it licked in no time. Those who still
    have problems will find a very friendly bunch of folks on the Knoppix forum
    able to help them out.

    See:
    http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-knopp.html
    (for a good intro to Knoppix)
    http://www.knoppix.net/forum/
    (for the Knoppix Forum)

    Do give it a try.
     
    Robin T Cox, Oct 29, 2004
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  9. Jeff N.

    Jeff N. Guest

    It is unfortunate that there is so much garbage out there ready and waiting
    to pounce on our machines. Especially for the 90% of the population that
    doesn't care what goes in that, "710" thingy on their car engines, they just
    wanna go. But if you break in down into a daily schedule, it only takes a
    few minutes a day to keep things updated and clean. Update and run AdAware
    one day, run Spybot the next. Spend a couple minutes another day learning
    how to use the programs more effectively. Common sense and a bit of
    responsibility goes a long way.

    Jeff
     
    Jeff N., Oct 29, 2004
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