Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I Thought I Was Safe

I have, or so I thought, the traditional array of protections for my computer.

My anti-spyware package expired on Sunday and I replaced it today. I ran the scan with the new system and my jaw hit theground. My initial scan with the new one revealed 210 spyware cookies. I am sure I didn't get those in the last 48 hours. I am stunned that I spent the last year with an inferior spyware detection and removal system and am very unhappy with this.

I am writing a letter to that old company but will not reveal their name until I get an answer, if I get an answer.


Blogger dons_mind said...

i emphatize shoprat....few months ago i had a similar experience..bought a new dell laptop...it came with Trend Micro's PC-cillin protection software. i really liked it - nice interface, easily understood, worked well and seems to do just what it says it will. so i bought it to replace the symantecs norton on my other computers. wow! tons of adware, spyware junk on both of the other machines that didn't show up on a norton scan... i'm happy i changed.......

8:58 AM  
Blogger KurtP said...

I've been happy with the free stuff I download from Majorgeeks.com/. I've got AVG anti-virus, Spy-bot (a pre-screen for spyware) and AdAware.
They do a pretty good job in stopping, or alerting you of anything happening.

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Oneonta Teletype said...

I use either pcpitstop.com or housecall.trendmicro.com (preferred) on a regular basis to online scan my system. As the programs are online, they are updated on a daily basis.

I also use the browser Opera version 9.0 exclusively, as it's very easy to block/delete/reject cookies (which is where a lot of spyware originates) and has the option of deleting cookies automatically every time it loads.

Not very many virii are written for Opera, either, and according to the latest E-Week,
FireFox, which used to be relatively secure, has been breached almost as many times as IE (which no longer even resides on my computer).

To check the validity of your firewall, download spyware removal tools (free)and check general computer security, Steve Gibson's site www.grc.com is invaluable. Please try the "Shields Up" free online checker to see where the bad guys are getting in. You can also freely download a great firewall, ZoneAlarm, as well.

Rotza Ruck

Roger Thornhill

4:54 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I recently updated my spyware to Trend-Micro and was shocked by the same thing, Shoprat! It makes you wonder if anything out there can catch it all.

10:40 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Oneta Teletype and KurtP
Thanks for the info but my spyware set has cleaned out a lot of things.

5:06 PM  

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