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How to Avoid Spyware. By Hottman Computers & Consulting Co www.HottmanComputers.com. What is Spyware.

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how to avoid spyware

How to Avoid Spyware

By Hottman Computers & Consulting Co

www.HottmanComputers.com

what is spyware
What is Spyware
  • Software that gets installed on your PC that directs ad via pop-ups, collects information about where and what you do or buy on the Internet. Most of it is relatively benign but some are working on identity theft.
  • PC Magazine - Opting into Identity Theft http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1625608,00.asp
  • PC Magazine - Identity Theft: What, Me Worry? http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1522469,00.asp
do i have spyware what now
Do I have spyware & what now!

PC Magazine March 2, 2004 issue

11 Signs of Spyware http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1524266,00.asp

Spy Stoppers http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1522489,00.asp great article that reviews some 14 different software packages.

getting rid of spyware
Getting rid of spyware
  • Ad-Aware www.lavasoft.de
    • Instructions on web site www.hottmancomputers.com
  • Spybot Search and Destroy 1.3 (new version) www.spybot.info
  • Both free, found Ad-aware the most effective but often install both
  • Most often require manual removal from the registry
  • On occasion but rare, wipe the computer and reload everything new
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How to avoid Spyware
  • PC Magazine has an article with the same title http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1522568,00.asp
other things
Other things
  • Windows update
    • Automatically download critical
      • Only available WinME, Win2K, & WinXP
      • Win98 has an alert that needs to be installed.
    • Manually
      • From the Start button
      • Within Internet Explorer, Tools, Windows Update
      • Windows XP install all except
        • Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer
        • Microsoft .NET Framework
additional items
Additional items
  • Delete files in Windows Temp folder
    • Location differs depending on the operating system
    • C:\Windows\Temp
    • C:\documents and settings\username\localsettings\temp (hidden by default)
    • Created a shortcut that will dump these with one confirmation using the deltree.exe
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Additional items
  • Delete Temporary Internet Files
  • Control Panel, Internet Options, General Tab, middle section is labeled Temporary Internet Files, click the Delete Files button, check the box labeled Delete all off-line Content
  • Also click the Setting button and change the Check for newer version to Every visit to the page, and change the Amount of disk space to use 100MB (this is a one time change)
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Additional items
  • Spyware and viruses like to hide in the Windows Temp & in the Temporary Internet Files
  • By deleting these you may rid the PC of some of these.
  • Some are marked read only or in the case of XP will change the Rights so you can not delete them
change browsers
Change browsers
  • InfoWorld Enterprise Windows “You know you’ve got a browser problem when…” http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/07/09/28enterwin_1.html
  • InfoWorld security adviser“Dropping Internet Explorer http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/07/16/29secadvise_1.html

InfoWorld security adviser “The worm that wasn’t quite” http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/07/02/27secadvise_1.html

choices
Choices
  • Are the Browser Wars Back?How Mozilla's Firefox trumps Internet Explorer. http://slate.msn.com/id/2103152/
  • Mozilla organization http://www.mozilla.org/
  • Mozilla
  • Firefox
anti virus
Anti-Virus
  • Keep your anti-virus updated
  • Run a Live Update weekly
    • Definitions may be automatic
    • Product or other core part of the program will only be updated with a Live Update.
  • Symantec (Norton) & McAfee have attempted to detect spyware but so far what I’ve seen they are next to worthless.
safe computing
Safe Computing
  • Has changed radically
  • You are not longer prompted before something installs on your computer.
  • Turn off ActiveX or use a different browser for searching
  • Banks and many others require Internet Explorer to access but than you know these sites and should be safe
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