Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software Definition

Posted by softwareguru on August 30, 2014

Charles asks…

Anti-Popup Software?

For years I had DICTIONARY.COM running in the background because I do a lot of writing. A couple of months ago things got so bad with the “Winzip” and “Winfix” pop-ups that I had to pay someone to get them off. This person put in a very powerful antispyware that shuts down the legitimate stuff I use – such as “Dictionary.com.” Is there some way I can make an exception for the pop-ups I need and use?

softwareguru answers:

Do use the pop-up blocking feature of Windows XP, Pack 2. If you don’t have XP, use google toolbar that can block pop-ups very effectively.

The settings cen ba configured to allow them for some sites. Its very easy.

Download at

http://toolbar.google.com/?promo=mor-tb-en

These days, spyware seems to be lurking around every dark corner of the Web. No matter how conscientiously you behave when you download software or surf your favorite sites, invasive applications still can penetrate your machine. However, with the right tools and a little know-how, you can uproot most privacy threats without much trouble. Whether you’re a seasoned PC mechanic or you don’t even know what a Registry is, we’ll tell you how to stomp out spyware and keep it from coming back.

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It is always advisable to have more than 1 spyware removel tool on your system, as none of them is perfect.

Some of the must-haves are :

1. Ad-aware

What it does:
Ad-aware scans computers for known spyware and tracking cookies, then deletes what it finds.

What it doesn’t do:
Ad-aware can only find spyware identified in its definition file, and may not find newer spyware.

Http://www.download.com/Ad-aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4-10045910.html?tag=prod

2. Webroot Spy Sweeper

What it does:
Along with scheduled spyware scans, Spy Sweeper’s prevention feature catches spyware when it tries to install.

What it doesn’t do:
Spy Sweeper’s definition file only catches known spyware.

Http://www.download.com/Webroot-Spy-Sweeper/3000-8022_4-10405877.html?tag=prod

3. Spybot

What it does:
Along with spyware-removal tools, Spybot includes a file shredder and start-up manager.

What it doesn’t do:
This program relies on a definition file and so doesn’t block or find the latest spyware.

Http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10122137.html?tag=prod

4. Spyware Doctor

What it does:
Manual scans remove spyware based on a definition list, and the OnGuard feature prevents spyware from installing.

What it doesn’t do:
Spyware Doctor can’t find spyware that’s not on its definition list.

Http://www.download.com/Spyware-Doctor/3000-8022_4-10377263.html?tag=prod

5. ETrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware

With eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware, you can sweep your PC of malicious software designed to invisibly track the sites you surf, the products you buy, and the messages you send. Protect yourself from dangerous spyware that can steal your identity, slow your PC, cause annoying pop-ups.

Http://www.download.com/eTrust-PestPatrol-Anti-Spyware/3000-8022_4-10057371.html?tag=txt

Hope this helps!

Nancy asks…

Spyware infection???

Hello…I have trend micro 2008 security suite installed on my laptop but I’ve got some kind of spyware and cannot get rid of it. I keep getting pop ups from my windows quicklaunch bar that my computer is infected and if click it you’re taken to a top spyware cleaner page. Its freakin omg!! annoying and is driving me nuts. Also every few minutes a pop up window says windows security has detected trojandownloader.sx……its killin’ me people can someone plzzz plzzz help me figure this out and get rid of it once and for all. If i scan my pc with the trend micro is detects the same spyware every time i scan it but it never seems to stop all the pop ups I will owe anyone who can offer some advice a great deal of thanks
thanks guys for all the help I can not thank you enough..hitman pro did the trick thanks alot Preston

softwareguru answers:

It sounds like some Rogue Anti-Spyware has gotten onto your computer. This is basically fake anti-spyware software that tries to sell you something. It is in fact a pretty severe threat to your computer and needs to be taken care of. Wikipedia has a pretty good description of what this is; see the first link in my sources for a bit more information about it.

I would recommend running a thorough spyware cleanup on your computer to wipe it out, as generally the “uninstall” utilities for rogue programs do nothing at all. Here’s my advice for what to use for this:

For simple and thorough spyware removal, check out Hitman Pro. It is a scripted program that will automatically download, update, and run through scans with a handful of spyware removal utilities, including Ad-Aware, Spybot, Spy-Sweeper, plus a couple others. I work in IT and it’s hands-down my favorite utility for free Spyware removal.

I highly recommend AVG as well, and would choose this as the best single choice for active protection to maintain your system. The free version is fine; it checks against both virus and spyware definitions. I wouldn’t recommend the Internet Security edition, unless you are a fairly advanced user, as it does require some configuration to work properly. Spybot S&D is also a good choice for ongoing protection. Trend Micro is ok; nothing is perfect, and it’s up to you if you want to stick with Trend Micro once you’ve finished cleaning your system or switch to something else for your active protection.

Since you know the computer is already infected, I would definitely run Hitman Pro, as it is extremely thorough. Once it finishes scanning, be sure to uninstall it though, because while you do want to be thorough in removing the spyware, you DON’T want the whole collection of programs it installs running ALL THE TIME, because that’s simply too resource-intensive. You just want one good one running all the time, such as AVG or Spybot S&D, or your Trend Micro if you decide to stick with it. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry it’s just a few simple steps to actually go through:

1) Download Hitman Pro and AVG free (optional).
2) Install Hitman Pro and run it (disable your Trend Micro beforehand, as any promptings from it will interfere)
3) Uninstall Hitman Pro (this also uninstalls all the programs it downloads and uses)
4) Lastly, either re-enable Trend Micro, or uninstall it and replace it with whatever you choose, my recommendation being AVG.

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