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Posted: 3/11/2006 9:26:52 AM EDT
is there a true FREE ad/spyware removal tool on the web. i have run 3 "free" scans, than after finding all the shit they want to charge a fee to remove it. help.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 9:33:40 AM EDT
I recommend Adaware and Spybot.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 9:34:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By warlord:
I recommend Adaware and Spybot.



+1
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 9:35:04 AM EDT
Snapfiles.com good stuff and freeware that works
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:01:58 AM EDT
Ad-Aware SE

Spybot: Search & Destroy

Spyware Blaster

Microsoft Anti-Spyware
(yes, believe it or not... They just bought an existing, very effective program)


Get them, learn how to use them (important!) and you won't have ny more issues
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:07:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 10:10:03 AM EDT by FooBarBaz]
Ewido Security Suite is good, but it's a trial use only and will expire in <insert correct period of time here. A month?>


Edit: Your mileage may vary, but I've had better luck installing all the security/adware/spyware tools, then rebooting and actually running the scans in safe mode. Some of the more malicious programs will live in memory and rewrite themselves to disk once they are removed. And +1 on the above poster about MS antispyware. It's good.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:15:39 AM EDT
Micrsoft's "Windows Defender" is very good if you run a Full Scan. I have yet to find a System that It couldn't clean up.. And its free.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:28:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:40:50 AM EDT
Has anyone else had trouble getting Spybot to update? Microsoft has a page saying the problem is unsolved.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:53:52 AM EDT
It just updated for me about 10 minutes ago....
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:56:04 AM EDT
I continue to have excellent results from using both AdAware and SpyBot S&D.

I use CCleaner and RegClean as part of my standard maintenance package, too, though they are not ad/spyware targeted.

Jim
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:56:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Attman:
Has anyone else had trouble getting Spybot to update? Microsoft has a page saying the problem is unsolved.


Sometimes if a page doesn't work, you need to hit the "refresh" button a few times to connect.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 6:46:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sq40:
Micrsoft's "Windows Defender" is very good if you run a Full Scan. I have yet to find a System that It couldn't clean up.. And its free.



+1 We also have gppd luck with the MS Defender product. Best way to avoid spyware is to not run in administrator or power user mode.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 6:50:57 PM EDT
trendmicro has Housecall which is a Java based scan service. It works really well, but it is not an active defense like some other ones
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 6:53:52 PM EDT
Tag. I know I need this stuff.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 7:42:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 7:48:31 PM EDT by Signal_Zero]
Anyone else try Spyware Doctor? I've had good luck with it, and it's found stuff Ad-Aware missed on my work laptop.

www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/?ref=google_sd

Edited to add that I didn't pay the 30 bucks--I just emptied the temporary internet files and cookies. Found something in my registry and I searched/found/deleted it manually. I'm no computer guru, so anyone chime in about this for me too
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:03:29 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:56:45 AM EDT
Kaspersky has a good online scanner. I don't trust Trend Micros, after a bad experience.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 7:19:43 AM EDT
I have the good ones installed. Should I run them in safe-mode sometimes? Any tricks to that?
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