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May 17, 2004

Software Recommendation

i highly recommend Ad-aware 6 for the removal of spyware and hijacker programs such as When-U-Search, the evil dastardly pestilence that had infected my computer. Until last night that is. Ad-aware killed it good.

Posted by annika, May. 17, 2004 |


AdAware is the greatest. They update its definitions almost every day, too! It's amazing. All this, and free free free. :D All hail Lavasoft!

Posted by: Fox on May. 17, 2004

I'm sold, just installed it, thanks.

Posted by: Karol on May. 17, 2004

God bless you! I just ran it...it found 327 files! 327!

Thanks for the tip.

Posted by: ginger on May. 18, 2004

Do yourself a favor and run both AdAware *and* Spybot - Search & Destroy. Spybot can be found here: http://www.safer-networking.org/

Posted by: Yeff on May. 18, 2004

Spybot is good. i used it first, but it didn't get everything and Ad-aware zapped what Spybot missed. Using both together is probably the best protection.

i do have one question. When-U-Search changed my settings so that IE loads automatically whenever i boot. i don't like that. How do i change that back to normal?

Posted by: annika! on May. 18, 2004

Start-up settings in your control panel? You should be able to find all the programs that launch at startup there.

Re: Spybot--I use it, too, but it is updated so much less frequently than Ad-Aware. My sole gripe.

A program I recommend for having greater control over Windows in general (one easy stop to modify all sorts of things, including things like which programs launch at startup) is TuneUp Utilities, which I SWEAR by.

It's not free, though you can try it out for free--it is relatively cheap, though, for all the functionality it provides. It does a million excellent things I don't have space to list:


Posted by: Fox on May. 18, 2004

Excellent tip, Fox. i'll check it out.

Posted by: annika! on May. 18, 2004

Anni, I thought you knew. So, where'd you get that malware? Been cruising porn sites? hehehehe

Posted by: Casca on May. 18, 2004

Actually, Casca, i think i got it from an email sent to me by a Wilfred Owen fan down south.

; )

Posted by: annika! on May. 18, 2004

Dulce et decorum est... actually, I think it was Sassoon. Say do you have a copy of "The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston"? I have an extra.

Posted by: Casca on May. 20, 2004