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Old 05-07-04, 02:07 PM
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Most spyware you've found on a computer?

I scanned my Uncle's computer for spyware. Ad-aware found 57 files/things. My uncle asked me what he could do to prevent all of this spyware(actually he wanted to know if there was some software that would prevent it). I told him to quit clicking OK whenever he went to a site and it asked him to install something. Unfortunately, this is his first pc(he's 45) and he loves to go to sites for things like the lottery, online gaming, etc.
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Old 05-07-04, 02:36 PM
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It was around 200 when I scanned my friends computer. There was so much crap on there it was rediculous.

As for the prevention, you can upgrade Ad-aware to run in the background and intercept spyware as it comes in.
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Old 05-07-04, 02:40 PM
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57? 200?

One of my students said that his computer was slow. First thing I did was run Ad-Aware. Found over 1100 items.
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Do Ad-aware and Spybot do the same thing, or are there differences?
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Old 05-07-04, 02:44 PM
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Both do the same thing, but one finds something the other doesn't (and vice-versa). Helps to use both.
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Old 05-07-04, 03:37 PM
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The most I think I found on someone's computer was around 975. Someone here at worked told me that they found 1250 or so on one of their computers once (that was never scanned) .
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I just ran Ad-aware on my system here for the first time because of all the random popup and crap that I was getting. I don't remember the exact number, but it was somewhere around 300.
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If you install a popup blocker, it will help reduce on the number of spyware.
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Old 05-07-04, 04:05 PM
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I've cleaned off many computers with hundreds of hits. I'm happy if the results are less than 100.

For those with NAV Corporate, it looks like v9.0 has spyware removal. I'm anxiously awaiting my copy to see how it performs against the standard removal tools.

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Old 05-07-04, 04:53 PM
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I scanned my friend's computer who complained that his PC was extremely slow, well he had about 150 spyware hits and 23 virus hits.
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Old 05-07-04, 10:18 PM
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I scanned my mom's computer last time I was at home. I found about 300. I told her how to run Spybot and avoid spyware and such. But I'm sure the next time I'm at my mom's house she'll have at least that much on her computer.
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Old 05-07-04, 11:17 PM
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My home computer had over 10,000kb of spyware on it.
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a former employee that had a dual 1.7gb machine, 1 gig ram, blah blah blah.. back when those were really high specs..
and all he used it for, was cruising the net for mp3 sites and little internet games..
when he left, i was going to give his machine to someone else, but figured i better run ad aware first.. and it found right under 2000 files
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Old 05-08-04, 12:23 AM
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I'm currently working on a friend's computer. Not many spyware, but tons of viruses.

In addition to the Sasser.B worm, it also has:
Welchia
Blaster
Randex

I've been working on it for an hour now. At first, the shutdown problem killed me, but now it's slow because of the slow scanning speed.
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Originally posted by WildcatLH
I scanned my mom's computer last time I was at home. I found about 300. I told her how to run Spybot and avoid spyware and such. But I'm sure the next time I'm at my mom's house she'll have at least that much on her computer.
Tell her to stop visiting AOL message boards
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My brother didn't have any security/spy sweeping software or anything on his computer and was constantly using Kazaa etc., I finally got him to install Spy Sweeper...16596 references. I was quite amazed.

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Old 05-08-04, 07:01 AM
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You guys all make me feel much better for my uncle.
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Old 05-08-04, 11:34 AM
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Having trouble here. When i open my browser i get my homepage. Then another IE window pop open with a homepage of SPOTRESULTS.com . I close that and it opens up one more time. I've run Ad-Aware and RegCleaner. Found some stuff which I thought was the problem. but this keeps opening up to that search engine homepage site. What to do next? I've also ran SpySweeper.
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ILikeDVD, try running CWShredder. It does a good job of removing a lot of the search engine hijackers. I got mine here: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4086.html
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Flipper. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You soo very much!!!!!
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Old 05-09-04, 04:37 AM
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Originally posted by Alvis
You guys all make me feel much better for my uncle.
Probably all of the 57 were tracking cookies so that is much better than viruses or spyware.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:11 AM
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Inspired by this thread, I downloaded ad aware and found that I had 179 things of spyware. I didn't think I ever downloaded any programs with spyware, hmm.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:23 AM
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How many of those were cookies though? Unless you have chosen to block all cookies, setup some to allow and block others, or have a third party program to help manage them I think they are unavoidable. Tracking cookies are less severe than spyware programs, trojans, and the like IMO.
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Old 05-09-04, 11:49 AM
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Probably close to 450 items for me, not on my PC, but on someone else's PC at work.
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Old 05-09-04, 05:16 PM
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6000, of which only about 100 were cookies.
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