[AMRadio] AM Bulletin Board

Merz Donald S merz.ds at mellon.com
Thu Feb 10 11:05:59 EST 2005

There is at least one class of spy ware that Spy bot and Ad-aware cannot delete. These are the ones that you are seeing pop back up after scanning and fixing. SB and AA can usually see them, but can't fix them. The best approach for these is to write down the names that you see from the Ad-aware run, then go to google and look them up. A few quick searches will usually take you to a list of steps for removing the offender as well as some text that describes what kind of bug you have caught. Be prepared to do some scary registry editing.

The BEST cure for spy ware is to switch web browsers from Internet Explorer to Firefox. Microsoft IE is a spy-ware magnet. Firefox is open-source freeware and available for download.

73, Don Merz, N3RHT

-----Original Message-----
From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net]On Behalf Of Donald Chester
Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 6:16 PM
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] AM Bulletin Board

>Yes indeed one of the best utilities there is for modern day cleanup of
>spy ware.  I highly recommend it.  I seems thought that it is a little
>difficult to get to for all the advertising so I have put it on my site
>for quick and easy download of the installation program.

I also have Spybot Search and Destroy, and update it regularly.  But I 
wonder about its effectiveness.  Everytime I run it, it always finds the 
exact same 5 registry entries and deletes them.  So last time I tried an 
experiment.  I ran it, and sure enough it deleted those registry entries.  I 
IMMEDIATELY rescanned, and sure enough, it once again found the exact same 5 
"problems" and fixed them.  I am wondering if it is really finding anything 
or fixing anything.

Ad-Aware usually finds a long list of "date miner" cookies and deletes them, 
but nearly all are rated as "low risk."  I usually run it about once a week.


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