Got ADs? Get these...

Discussion in 'General Software' started by vbp6us, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. vbp6us

    vbp6us Limp Gawd

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    This is a list of programs that will keep you ad-free. Ive been running this combination for weeks and no ad-ware. Ive purposely gone to warez and porn sites which are infested with dirty ads and spyware that force their way into your computer.

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    HijackThis

    A general homepage hijackers detector and remover. Initially based on the article Hijacked!, but expanded with almost a dozen other checks against hijacker tricks. It is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs/URLs, just the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites. As a result, false positives are imminent and unless you are sure what you're doing, you should always consult with knowledgable folks (e.g. the forums) before deleting anything.

    CWShredder

    A small utility for removing CoolWebSearch (aka CoolWwwSearch, YouFindAll, White-Pages.ws and a dozen other names). Spybot S&D tends to forget essential parts of the hijack, so until it updates, you can just this to completely remove the hijack. Updated to remove the new variants once they come out.


    Spybot Search & Destroy

    If you have been here before, you will notice that we have completely redesigned our website. These changes should make it easier for you to find the information you are looking for, and at the same time easier for us to manage and add new content.

    Ad-Aware

    Ad-aware is an award winning, free multi adware removal utility, that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known adware components and lets you remove them safely.

    Proxomitron

    For those who have not yet been introduced, meet the Proxomitron: a free, highly flexible, user-configurable, small but very powerful, local HTTP web-filtering proxy. To become better acquainted, please see our online copy of the Proxomitron Help Files for a more comprehensive overview.

    Google Search Bar


    • Search the web with Google from any site
    • New! Eliminate pop-up ads *
    • New! Fill in forms with one click **
    • New! Link a weblog to the page you're visiting *
    • New! Restrict your search to pages located in a specific country *
    • Search just within the pages of a site
    • Highlight search terms on a page
    • Customize the layout of your toolbar
     
  2. XOR != OR

    XOR != OR [H]ardForum Junkie

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    It amazes me, amazes me, the lengths people will go to to avoid learning.

    Each and every single program up there can be avoided by simply learning what you are doing online, being aware of what you are doing, and making intelligent choices.
     
  3. ChappyChaps11

    ChappyChaps11 Limp Gawd

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    yea no kidding, I wiped my cousins computer 2 times 1 week apart, first week was like 140+ ads then the 2nd week over 360!!! How stupid can one person be!
     
  4. vbp6us

    vbp6us Limp Gawd

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    Perhaps this thread was for the masses, ever thought of that? Not everyone is as 1337 az j00. :rolleyes:
     
  5. MajorDomo

    MajorDomo [H]ard as it Gets

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    Many people like to surf the web and not have to think about what dangerous waters they may be entering and take necessary precautions. I would call that learning in my book. Others like the moderators and Admin here have to go places where they don't want to go for the sake of checking links and sites to make sure that are safe for forum members. Personally, I run all of the above except for Proximitron, but also run PestPatrol, SpyHunter, Active Ports, Ad-Watch, ZoneAlarm Pro and SystemWorks Pro. I go where I please and haven't the slighest worry because anything that is harmful is caught, deleted or quarantined before it has a chance to do harm. Taking safety precautions is learning before the curve :cool:
     
  6. vbp6us

    vbp6us Limp Gawd

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    Well said MajorDomo. :)
     
  7. XOR != OR

    XOR != OR [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I would argue this point, with a tired but semi-accurate analogy of cars.

    It is wise to take certain precautions ( air bags and seat belts, along with the myriad of other advances ) that make your trips safer. However, the above software is akin to tacking on training wheels and large baloons all over the outside of your car...just in case.

    I am sick of people thinking this is arrogance. It is not. It is simply me seeing and learning from my mistakes and others. What annoys me to no end is people not learning from mistakes, but bandaiding them up.

    And yes, I know the arguement that that is all well and good for a technogeek, but not for the masses. However, the same goes for most of that software. Do you really think your grandma is going to know how to install adaware, and if she does, what the results mean?
     
  8. vinnie

    vinnie [H]ard|Gawd

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    Oh yes... roger that.

    Pray tell may I ask, your 1337 Highness, how thou doth see an alternative to proxomitron? I've never had a single item of spyware or adware on this box... but proxomitron has nothing to do with it. Indeed, it's a utility that I swear by for convience and power.

    But hey, gods like you need not be bothered by details right?
     
  9. Ice Czar

    Ice Czar Guest


    And considerably fewer like surfing the dangerous waters :p

    But knowledge is an important aspect of doing that

    a few patches\aps

    HTAstop
    shut down Microsoft's "HTA" (Hypertext Application) capabilities in any version of Windows. It also permits you to UNblock HTA should it be required momentarily and then turn it right back off once you've used any necessary "legitimate" HTA applications downloaded from a website. "HTA" is a part of Microsoft's "VBS Scripting Host" capabilities which is provided with Internet Explorer and other Microsoft products.

    DSOstop2
    Exploit Description: Executing arbitrary commands without Active Scripting or ActiveX

    WSH Anti-Polymorphism Patch
    To prevent Windows Scripts (such as VBScript and Javascript) from being able to read/write themselves, making Windows Script polymorphism nearly impossible through conventional means.

    Script Defender
    "AnalogX Script Defender will intercept any request to execute the most common scripting types used in virus attacks, such as Visual Basic Scripting (.VBS), Java Script (.JS), etc and can even be configured to intercept new script extensions as needed

    and or simply Disable or Remove Windows Script Hosting (WSH)
     
  10. XOR != OR

    XOR != OR [H]ardForum Junkie

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    *sigh*

    ...

    Right. You are absolutely right. Those of m"l77tness" level do not require so much as a computer to browse the web. We do it, mentally.

    If you have alternate uses for software, I'm happy for you, really ( no, actually, I couldn't care less, if I had to be honest ). My post was regarding spyware/adware.
     
  11. eloj

    eloj 2[H]4U

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    Watch http://www.hd.chalmers.se/~zoreth/filer/ie-sucks.avi and know that this test was conducted with a -- at the time -- Fully patch OS and IE. Yes, fully patched, and no, the user didn't click "yes" to any installation requests. There is a requester, but it pops up _after_ the spyware has already been installed.

    The web-page in question isn't some shady corner of the internet either, it's a well known site (community) that lot's of young people visit.

    I've been happy blaming it all on users up till this point. An actual demonstration of and IE-exploit used to install spyware, that's where I draw the line.

    A typical firewall or virus-scanner wouldn't have helped either.
     
  12. mcryptic

    mcryptic [H]ard|Gawd

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    i just use mozilla, then i don't need to install any add-on programs.
     
  13. ChappyChaps11

    ChappyChaps11 Limp Gawd

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    THats why I use Opera 7, much nicer. And its not always the users fault. Ive fell victim to the same thing the guy in the video demanstrated, surfing happily then BAM 52131313 Extra toolbars, links, dialers, apps, its garbage

    Stay Safe, Stay Opera, I mean they tell u when Illegal things are going on like illegal cookies and crap
     
  14. Greyryder

    Greyryder Limp Gawd

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    I use Mozilla, and on exceptionaly rare occasion, I've still had spyware get through. Mostly tracking cookies.

    Keep in mind, that some spyware gets installed by default with Windows.
     
  15. Stinger836

    Stinger836 Gawd

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    Like...?
     
  16. Ice Czar

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    well I'll point out Windows Media Player 9
    of course its not a default program
     
  17. XanTHraX

    XanTHraX Limp Gawd

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    Internet Explorer, that is a default program. :)
     
  18. Stinger836

    Stinger836 Gawd

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    How is IE spyware?
     
  19. XOR != OR

    XOR != OR [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Strictly speaking, it isn't. However, it is a very handy mechanism, installed on most end-user computers by default, by which people can install spyware.
     
  20. Stinger836

    Stinger836 Gawd

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    Well you can get spyware through firebird too...is it spyware no. Many apps are spyware "Strictly Speaking" no IE is not spyware and to call it so is ingnorant. A car does not murder people but yes it can if used improperly.
     
  21. Greyryder

    Greyryder Limp Gawd

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    On a default Windows XP install, with nothing installed but patches, and Ad-Aware, I'll find at least one Alexa registry entry in for IE. Spy Bot will point out at least one more.

    I seem to recall that WMP8 had some of that crap too, but I'm not sure.
     
  22. XanTHraX

    XanTHraX Limp Gawd

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    Yes that is waht i was on about on a default install with nothing but Windows and spybot S&D it notifies me of spyware linked directly to IE so i would call IE spyware (Or more accutately contains spyware)
     
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    vbp6us Limp Gawd

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  25. Ice Czar

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    61882 different blocked servers :eek:

    thanx ;)

    I assume its also posted to the Host Files Thread?