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DOWNLOA 10 things you should know about fighting spyware in Windows XP

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a few extra details, blockers, firewalls, settings

by TG2 In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you s ...

While it is a beginning, it seems a tad light.
Lets start with #3 ... Firewall, the recommendation should be for a software firewall that watches both inbound **AND** outbound traffic, the components that are accessing the internet, and to learn how to identify if they are good or bad uses.

Case in point I use Zonealarm Pro ... I have their "adviser" turned off, so that they don't have a popup that has the "save this" option checked ... I've been doing things when that popup box would ask me about some internet app, and hitting the space bar would take the default action, regardless if the action is allow or deny, only the user can identify if they *really* want the action to be defaulted to allowed or denied

also to understand why outbound protection is more important for most than the inbound. Outbound is where those "accidental" clicks will show up. They go to get their content, in the case of a mail worm, they go outbount to send SMTP mail.. a firewall watching for unexpected traffic would popup a notice to tell you it sees these things.

#4 - don't just "scan" with these programs ... in Spybot there are "Advanced Mode" options that can lay the ground work to block many things before they even become an issue.

These options include loading the Restricted Sites Zone in Internet Explorer (Spybot's Immunize feature). Restricted Sites are not given the same permissions as all other webs. So if that hacker related site is in the restricted zone, the link for downloading an app without your knowledge should not work to a restricted zone.

Spybot can also monitor IE settings, lock them in some cases, and can fill your HOSTS file with known bad sites, so that should something get on your machine, and it wish to go get something.... if that site is listed in the hosts file with a 127 entry, the request doens't leave your machine.

In both MS Antispy and Spybot, there are options to check on and help remove toolbars and BHO's (Browser "Helper" Objects) if not removing at least they can help identify there are some there!!

And ... I would have combined number 10 into number 9, and thus added as number 10 ... User Education !!!

Not any one application can stop a user from clicking a link, not anything out today, can block **ANY** of the newest attacks. It takes hours or even DAYS to catch a new exploit and make a defense against it. Thus, the only thing between the hacker and your machine... is the person ON the machine. Working to understand the computer, the software, and how things should be and how to not accidentally get things on your machine, will be one of the biggest steps the user can take to keep themselves clean.

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I switched to firefox from ie

by yudansha In reply to a few extra details, bloc ...

I switched to firefox from ie and I no longer get spyware as there is no active x

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A decent beginning for an end user, not a professional

by Gyrfalcon2138 In reply to a few extra details, bloc ...

While yes, this article does seem a bit light, I think it's a good starting point for your average home user running XP. It goes through some basic points and gives a rough idea of where to begin. This however, is *not* an article an IT professional should be struggling through - this should be stuff the professional should already know.

Assuming this is for an end user though, what I would really like to see is even more emphasis on preventing a spyware infection. This article is a little too reactive for my taste - the system has already been compromised, and here's what to do to keep it from getting worse. I agree with TG2 - more information about inbound firewalling and more information on proactive blocking.

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by apotheon In reply to A decent beginning for an ...

The tools available for dealing with malware on Windows are almost all reactive in nature. Firewalling is almost all there is to do that doesn't involve some serious technical know-how that, I'm sure, would be well beyond the scope of a single article. For instance, it's difficult to give a quick howto that responsibly addresses registry hacking for security. The Windows Registry is far too complex for that.

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Might be useful to a home user, but too generic for an IT person

by ejhonda In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you s ...

It's a starting point for someone who doesn't know where to begin, but it doesn't provide enough detail (or perhaps hand-holding) to really help those who would be most susceptible to spyware infections. It's best described as a good collection of links and hints. This would have been much more helpful when spyware first came onto the scene - it's a little late to the party.

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But it's great for training beginners

by CMB from Omaha In reply to Might be useful to a home ...

This article was perfect for me; will hand out to students in a community college computer class that I'm teaching. Spyware prevention isn't officially "on the syllabus", but I like to touch on the subject as a courtesy to my "newbie" students. This handout will also be a way of "turning students on" to TechRepublic. I sometimes give extra credit for joining and subscribing to at least one newsletter. :) Thanks!

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11) Use SafeSystem to prevent spyware infiltration

by Van Morris In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you s ...

The things mentioned in the article are very important, however, I think the best protection is to prevent the spyware infiltration in the first place. Currently, I use (and recommend) a security tool called SafeSystem for that purpose. This program protects my system regardless the kind of (known or unknown) virus, spyware or malware is trying to get into it. In fact, it simply doesn't allow any program to be installed or copied to my system while I'm surfing the Web, reading my emails or working with my computer. Sincerely, this gives me a lot of piece of mind because my system is always protected no matter if my anti-virus and anti-spyware are updated or not. Don't forget that perhaps they are updated but they just don't recognize the virus or spyware which is trying to get into my system.

I found SafeSystem at:
Also, you can see a good PR about this program at:

IMPORTANT: I want to clarify that I don't have any direct or indirect relation with the company that owns the product I'm suggesting, so my posts shouldn't be considered SPAM.

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waste of time reading this

by fk In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you s ...

what a watse of time. very poor advise, I cannot beleive this was a posted article on the this site.

this was just a genric copy and paste job.

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