Preventing Internet and Spyware Attacks
February 16, 2005 – by Ric Dörner
Thank you for that cleaning first, this will assist you in what you really require and the stuff here are security programs this should ensure that the program functions the way it should. Also note these programs are being used from Win 98 to XP no problem but Ram is require best upgrade for your computer and not expensive.
Allow time for each update and scan to finish successfully, although scanning of each system should only be done once all systems are completely updated.
HINTS;Your computer can be disconnected from the internet in order to perform the system *scans*.If any downloading difficulties arise, run Spybot Search and Destroy.
These signs are created and served by danasoft.com’s webserver in real-time for each person that views them. Your IP address and other information are only visible to YOU, not to others, but because people see their own IP address and computer information displayed on a blog or in a public forum, they think that their information can be seen by everyone!
Keep your system safe & secure with Windows Update To prevent unwanted spyware and adware from being installed behind your back, you need to install all the latest;Critical Updates; from Microsoft. Doing so is easier than you might think. Microsoft has an entire Windows Update site devoted to automatically updating users’ systems with all the latest fixes and patches for a wide range of Microsoft software, including Windows, Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), and Internet Explorer. It is strongly suggested you to take your system past the Windows Update site and let that site download and install the appropriate fixes for your computer . Doing so just might save you some grief and headaches down the road:Windows Update http://windowsupdate.microsoft.comNotice on the main page these words, ” | Windows Family | Windows Marketplace | Office Family | Microsoft Update” Much of the update process at Windows Update is automated, so it’s, simple and convenient. The Windows Update site will install a small program to analyze the software on your system and recommend the appropriate fixes. This process takes only a few minutes. Once Windows update has finished analyzing your system, you’ll be presented with a menu of downloads that Windows Update deems appropriate for your computer. At a minimum you should let Windows Update install the fixes marked as Critical Updates. The other available updates (Recommended updates, Drivers and Enhancements) are optional. Check the boxes for the updates that you wish to install (Critical Updates are checked by default). Then click the appropriate button to start the download and installation process. You’ll be shown a summary of the updates that you’ve selected, and then you’ll presented with a“License Agreement.” After you Click through the “License Agreement,” the download and installation process will start. Since the entire download and installation process is automated, there’s almost nothing for you to do except reboot the computer after all the updates have been installed.Connect to the internet via Internet Explorer, Select the Tools menu, Select Windows Update once the windows update screen appears, select Express Install, install all critical updates; others are your option (if you need them)Verify that all updates have been installed by disconnecting from the internet, Re-Starting the computer, Re-connecting to the net and following the above instructions again.
Only if you are not already running an Antivirus on your machine.
There is a way to test your antivirus program yourself, with absolute safety. Not only that, you can find out how well and/or if you have an AV program installed, and you don’t have to be a geek, nerd or computer tech to accomplish it. EICAR (formerly the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research) provides a “test string” in various forms that will trigger your scanner, but IS NOT itself a virus and will not harm your computer. Here are the simple instructions.To test your virus scanner:Go to: http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htmScroll down to the middle of the page where you see a string of code written, and read the section below the string. (You can also read the section above, but it really doesn’t apply to anyone but vendors of antivirus programs.)1. Copy the string of code in the middle of the page, and save it in Notepad on your desktop as “eicar.com”.2. Download “eicar com.zip” and “eicarcom2.zip” and save them to your desktop.3. Run your antivirus program.–Any scanner should find the file “eicar.com”.–Any scanner worth using should also find the file “eicar com.zip”.–A really good scanner will find all three files: “eicarcom2.zip” is the original code string inside a zip file inside another zip file. A program that scans that deep will find just about any virus.
If your AV program fails to find any or all of the files, consider downloading…..
2. Avast! Home Edition:
Avast Download – All languages
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You will need to register by submitting your e-Mail address but do not worry they do not spam you. Just follow the instructions to load it. This program updates often and automatically and works all the time.*SC 2006 Award Finalists!*Sc 2006 Awards avast! antivirus has been selected as one of this years finalists in the SC Awards, beating off stiff competition and leading the race in the last 4 contenders for the much coveted industry award.
One of the Best know Trojan finders that is free and for all windows.
3. Trojan Finder Update (A Squared)A2:
It is at Least once a day important to update this program for they help you computer to block malware as you browse!
*NOTE* If your downloading this for the first time be sure to register!!Either register thru the site Emsisoft itself or once you launch the program you’ll see a blue link saying log in or register here. click on this and it will take you to emsisofts domain. check the address bar to be absolutely sure Yes they ask for your email address and they need it for they send you the code you require to enter in the program to get your updates.
Be sure to take out the check marks of things you do not wish!
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Click on the A2 icon in the bottom left of the screen. Select Update A2 online Select Next, Quit Close the screen
Trojan Finder Scan:
Scan Computer for malware Deep Scan is suggested few months after first install.
Scan Selected Folders OK Quit
Close the program via the top right “X”
THE best for cleaning known Spyware already on your computer.
MBAM comes in two versions: a free one, and a paid one. Both are identical, with the exception that the paid version includes real-time protection. The paid version provides a lifetime license for use, updates, upgrades and definition updates without any yearly renewal.
According to the Staff at Malwarebytes, MBAM includes the following features:
- Updates are frequent, at least twice a day and often much more frequent.
- Response time to new threats is very fast, generally within an hour of when they are discovered.
- Scanner is very fast and even in quick scan mode can often detect all malware.
- Works on 2K , XP and Vista.
- Free version has full removal functionality, not a trial or crippleware .
- Works well with antivirus software, with only minimal conflicts; and, the free version provides a test to determine if loading the real-time protection will cause conflicts with other software.
- Pro version is very light on system resources.
- Detects and removes many rootkits.
- MBAM scan and removal app improvements come once a week.
You may download the free/paid MBAM version from the Malwarebytes site here:
Download troubles have been resolved GT500
4. Spybot – teatimer crucial update!!
It is at Least once a week important to update this program for they help your computer to block malware as you browse!
Spybot-S&D 1.6.2 is finally ready, available starting today on the first mirrors, with more becoming available as they’re added.
Spybot-S&D 1.6.2 has arrived! 26 Jan 2009
Time for an update! To keep up with the latest threats, and solve some issues and feature requests users had, we’re proud to announce Spybot-S&D version 1.6. Some of the features include:
Improved Scan Speed
Reported a few weeks ago as one of the big issues users face, Spybot-S&D 1.6 integrates parts of the future 2.0 file scanning engine to speed up the on-demand scan.
Up-to-date browser support
Both immunization and the on-demand scan are able to access a dozen different browsers, which now includes the latest revisions of the most popular ones, Firefox and Opera.
It’s recommended to use the integrated update function immediately after download and on regular times to get the current include files (those get revised regularly)!
*Install in your language of choice.Create a Registry Back up
Update the program hence you should be on line here.It’s recommended to use the integrated update functionThis what the new version looks like when doing your weekly updates! click to enlarge. immediately after download and on regular times to get the current include files.Slight difference here from the new version,BE sure to IMMUNIZE AFTER EVERY UPDATE!!! updater is external. Hosts are automatically updated now once immunized! 🙂 Please use SaferNetworking 2 for your update server, ALSO set it a default by right clicking the named server. The file server is only asked the first time you update and if you select the SaferNetworking 2 as you default server by right clicking it.
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These settings are the same…….
Immunize–this is suggested so that all of the known Hacker sites or ad sites cannot direct your computer to their sites.
Create your icons where you chooseStart the program.Remember this program does not ask you for any money but Donations are appreciated as it takes money to provide the updates for you.In the top left, click on the word “mode”, and select advanced.When the warning box appears, select yes.You’ll see some bars created in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.Click on the settings barClick on the file sets on the main screen.In the file sets place check marks in the vacant boxesNow in the left side, click on the word “settings”
Click on advanced for which ever icon you chose to use. FOR XP USERS…under the
Main settings header click on the boxes that have “Create” as the first word.
Scroll down to “Bug Report” place check marks on all but the attach spy files and just below in the show expert buttons in results list.
Now click on the tools bar
Place a check mark on every box provided.Down the left hand side will display a menu, check the following items to verify that everything is set properly.
Click on…..RESIDENT and be sure that both boxes are check marked.
Please be aware when you see this pop up it is warning you that the computer is changing!! If you allow this it will start each time you start your computer. I suggest nothing but security programs start with your computer!
Take out all others using Spybot’s start up page and use the arrows to the right to see what Phil Collins says. :p
ACTIVE X, BHOs, and BROWSER PAGES, to see that there are check marks in each line, if not check with Google.
IE TWEAKS is where you can change your explorer’s name if you wish
*HOST FILE* – * Now done after each update when you immunize in 1.5.2 version* Very important to hit the green plus sign here to ensure these bad pages never get a connection from your computer.Click on image for better view
OPT OUT is automatic install for your computer.
PROCESS LIST is for your computer knowledge to see you can observe it and learn the changes if you wish.
SYSTEM INTERNALS is a great check for your registry if you have ever done any Uninstalling from your computer this will clean your registry
SYSTEM STARTUP is good if you know what to disable. Simply click on an item (under the area of the command line), on the right are two arrows pointing to the right, if you click on them, an explanation will appear to the right. If it says not typically required it is suggested that you remove the check mark. Spybots Tea Timer (on the systems tray, the right of the clock in the bottom right of the screen) will then tell you a global entry has changed and if you did, you can easily allow this change, but remember to click the little box for the program to remember this change.
UNINSTALL INFO will tell you what you have on your computer
WINSOCK LSPs is a good way to ensure that everything running on your computer has validation (green check mark) if not, you’ll have to try and remove the bad items.Now you can do your Spybot S&D search scan.
Open Spybot by clicking on the icon on the bottom left bar by you clock it’s called teatimer, or if you open Spybot and in the opening page press the button that says update. All Programs>Select Search for Updates Select all updates by right clicking and clicking on select all Click on Download Updates Take note on what is being updated for some updated items need to be manually placed in your program.
In the new spybot it is easier to update…. click on Pic to see Larger image.
Be sure that you set your Default Server as Safer Networking 2 Europe, whe things work with out fail why change .
e.g. immunization rules update means you’ll have to do the following….
Select Immunize (off to the left side)Click on OK
Select Immunize the + to the left side, near the top)At the end of the immunization, you should have 2 green check marks to the left of your screen, if not, go back and re-immunize)Note that not only should you “immunize” each time one updates.
YOU Should Also update your “Hosts FILE” this “Hosts file is under the tool bar to the left you’ll see these words in the darkened area click on the words and click on the + sign to get the current hosts files.
Check for problems
Allow the program to scan your entire computer!
When there is no bar going across the bottom you will see how many problems are found in what time frame (bottom Left corner of Spybot Program)
Select all – Fix selected problems
Make a registry restore if you feel it is better. Especially if Red (Spys are found!) Green are tracks no worries.
Remove Problems? Yes! Then click OK Now lets continue cleaning other problems your computer may have……Select Tools (off to the bottom left)
Check If there are any problems, right click in the white area of your screenClick on Select allClick on Fix selected problems
Delete any prompts that appear
Close the program
4A. I suggest that a good spyware protector runs always on your computer.
This is where you should be careful for you need to be aware of how much RAM is on your computer and how much your using now also. PC Audit will assist you with this too I believe. If your unsure about the RAM try the above links for spyware scans. I do not yet have a viable solution.
Here is where you may have to pay for a good spyware finder, if you hve found Spyware I suggest you run as many programs as possible to clean your system. Best Advice….. ReInstall your entire computer!
But here are some of the best programs I can find……….
PestPatrol trial program
HijackThis Rootkit Revealer
Free Windows Defender
SuperAntiSpyware free and Pro
If your still finding at least one in each program then try this one!! SPYwareGuides Program.
Help with Firefox and Internet Explorer is ” SiteAdvisor” It tells you what sites are potentially DANGEROUS.
Only for XP,
XP-ANTISPY Updated and you probably know not It is in your computer
Because of a bug in the previous version, there’s now the xp-AntiSpy 3.97-2 available.
The bug affected the setting to deactivate the auto run for storage devices.
xp-AntiSpy v.3.97.2 Released
26 Febuary 2009
• Fixed a bug in the setting to prevent autostart on removable media
• Fixed some typos thanks to the attention of some xp-AntiSpy users
• Fixed bug in the setting to deny the opening of the ‘Regedit.exe’ program
A bit complex, be sure to get the full awareness from the website in order to use it properly. The xp-AntiSpy is a little utility that lets you disable some built-in update and authentication ‘features’ in WindowsXP. For example, there’s a service running in the background which is called ‘Automatic Updates’. I don’t know what this service transfers from my machine to other machines on the internet, especially the MS ones. So I play it safe and disable such functions. If you like, you can even disable these functions manually, by going through the System and checking or unchecking some check boxes. This will take you approximately half an hour. But why wast time when a little neat utility ca n do the same in 1 minute? This utility was successfully tested by lots of users, and was found to disable all the known ‘Suspicious’ Functions in WindowsXP. It’s customizable, but comes up with the Default settings, which are recommended. This utility is DONATION WARE! This means, you don’t have to pay anything for this program and you can give it to anyone who’s interested in it, as long as you don’t sell it. If you find this tool useful, and wanna gimme something back, think about donating a small amount of money.xp-antispy.org
Complementary program that works well with Spybot and MS “Windows Defender” or your full time Spyware protection
5. AdAware Anniversary Edition As of Jan 21
If you were lucky enough to get this edition, great if Not them 2008 version is OK so far that I know still at this time.
It is at Least once a day important to update this program for they help you computer to block malware as you browse!
See the box on lower right that says mirror sites to get it downloaded.
Download it install it and again just connect to the internet for the updates it will do everything automatically for the first time
Just be careful here and ensure that you get an update! Take Your Time!! allow it to talk to the server, might already be downloading, but it does work be patient please.
I have reason to believe this progrom is fairly simple, If your having difficulty then please tell me and I will post more on this program.Thanks
6. Zone Alarm Update:
Due to the inclusion/bundling and/or default (pre-checked) opt-in of the Ask Toolbar and Search Assistant, it has been determined that this site will no longer provide update information for the products of the following vendors:
1. Check Point or ZoneLabs
Please refer to the discussions Here I hope.
We highly recommend to users of the products by the said vendor to ALWAYS check for updates. Their programs is not in any way bad but we do not want users to be at risk by installing a toolbar that has questionable reputation. Unchecking the installation of the toolbar is easy but NOT ALL USERS are advanced users. There are thousands of BEGINNERS that can fall into installing a questionable toolbar and most of this million beginners DO NOT know that it is NOT necessary to install such toolbar to operate the program.
CoU will no longer provide update information for the above-mentioned vendor’s products until the questionable toolbar is found clear by respected researchers, malware scanners and/or removed from their installer.
Again, we would like to advise users to manually check for updates or configure any anti-malware scanner to check for definitions update prior running a scan. If the program is running its real-time protection against malware, it is HIGHLY recommended to enable automatic updates.
Let us hope this list will not grow!
@Software Authors/Developers/Vendors: Users want a security tool. Not a toolbar. Users know where to download a toolbar (if they need one) that do NOT have questionable status.
So if for any reason you have misplaced your exe of ZASetup…. send me a mail, or make a comment I have most the of them.
ZoneAlarm Either use autoupdate or get your copy from this Page….
Many thanks to Andy for providing us this link….A how to upgrade *or* install the zonealarm firewall.
Warning!!! Be sure your running The latest ZoneAlarm release is found HERE CLICK THIS.…. For Win 95-ME use 6.1.*
Click here for the tutorial, You will be linking to Security-Cadets website.http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/comparison.jsp?lid=ho_zaAs to using a firewall form Zonelabs Zonealarm on Win 98, MEAccording to ZoneAlarm they will cease to support Windows 98/98SE/Me with the introduction of version 6.5 ZoneAlarm family of products including ZoneAlarm® Internet Security Suite, ZoneAlarm® Pro, ZoneAlarm® Antivirus, ZoneAlarm® Anti-Spyware, and ZoneAlarm®.
Note about pre-6.5 products:
- Pre-6.5 products will continue to run on the Windows 98/98SE/Me operating system. However, there are a few new and advanced protection features in ZoneAlarm products that will not run due to technical limitations of this operating system. ZoneAlarm strongly recommends upgrading to a supported and current version of the Windows operating system.
- ZoneAlarm may end services to pre-6.5 products at any time.
Auto updates have been taking place please be aware when these take place!1 Double click on the Zone Alarm icon on the bottom Right BarOpen up the screen by clicking on the arrow pointing down to the right If you select the product information folder, this will indicate which version is runningSelect Preferences Select Check for Updates *if you have an update* Not suggested for ME or win 98 users for their product is now not supported see Above. Send, OK Select the Status Screen Close the screen by clicking on the arrow pointing up to the left Close (“X”)There is no need to scan with Zone Alarm Free it’s just a firewall.
Seeing how ZoneAlarm has changed their installation tactics, and this is not great for New Users, might I suggest you look at the charts on this Link.
by Zeljka Zorz – Friday, 3 July 2009.
Click the above heading to see the full article! 8′)
“SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs. It can also block spyware/tracking cookies in IE, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, and many other browsers, and restrict the actions of spyware/ad/tracking sites.
SpywareBlaster also includes a System Snapshot feature, which lets you take a snapshot of your computer in its clean state and later revert, undoing many changes made by spyware and browser hijackers.Prevent the installation of spyware, malware, and other potentially unwanted software!”
“SpywareBlaster doesn’t scan and clean for spyware – it prevents it from ever being installed. How? By setting a ‘kill bit’ for the CLSIDs of spyware ActiveX controls, it prevents the installation of any of them from a webpage. You can run Internet Explorer with Active-X enabled, but you will never even get a ‘Yes/No’ box popped up, asking you to install a spyware Active-X control (Internet Explorer will never download or run it!). All other Active-X controls or plug-ins will work fine. The SpywareBlaster database contains information on these known spyware Active-X controls. Make sure you run the Check For Updates feature frequently to get the latest database! (And make sure you check the new items to protect your system against them!) As a side benefit, setting this ‘kill bit’ will also prevent the spyware Active-X from running, in many cases, if it is already installed on your system.”
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From Toni’s site…”4th Feb 2006 I have a constant problem with bandwidth, that’s a known issue. Please people if you have any problems downloading, running or installing my software, see: Forum thread.The File size Needs to match!! = 2,795http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/files/EClea2_0.exe>Zip filehttp://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/files/EClea2_0.zipEasyCleaner is a small program which searches Windows’ registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files like temps, backups etc. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list. ToniArts may not be held accountable in any way if EasyCleaner affects your computer in a negative way. List of some features:* Very nice interface!* Finds invalid registry entries —-> deleting them speeds up your computer!* Finds duplicate files —-> deleting them will free disk space!* Finds all unnecessary files like backups, temps etc. —-> deleting them will free disk space!* Finds all invalid shortcuts —-> deleting them will free disk space and increase usability!* Manage programs starting at Windows startup! —-> who knows, you might even catch a virus before it gets serious!* Manage Windows’ add/remove software listing!* Easily remove Internet Explorer’s temporary Internet files, history and cookies!* Very user friendly!* Shows some interesting info about your disk space usage.* Very customizable.* Multi-language support!* Uses only little amount of resources while running!* Huge help file which gives you every little detail about EasyCleaner!* And much more…
WARNING GIVEN BY A MICROSOFT MVP……..*This Program is not suggested by Microsoft* About CCleaner, courtesy of Sandi Hardmeier – Microsoft MVP: “Be very very VERY careful with CCleaner. We are seeing a lot of problems with that software removing hotfix data making it impossible to uninstall IE7 and any other hotfix/update.”
I see no reason to load a toolbar!! be sure you do not install it!
Cleans the following:Internet Explorer Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.!Firefox! a suggested Browser at Mozilla.org *till IE 7 comes out.*Temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history.WindowsRecycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.Registry cleanerAdvanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more… also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.Third-party applicationsRemoves temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Opera, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more…100% Spyware FREEThis software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.Now when using the program, please do the following… Open the program and in the left hand side you’ll see a blue coloured square to scan your registry, and the broom to sweep your temp and recycler. There will be a button on each to run or scan at the bottom near the centre and another off to the right to correct what was found.
The download link….Ccleaner
Also note there is a few other great Programs for cleaning your computer…
Windows CleanUp! by Steve Gould,,,
Thanks to you all for the continuing support and please make a donation to these people who do the programming. That way the good keeps going and the bad ones fade away.
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See anything that you think requires my attention? I have changed somethings due to your requests, If for any reason you have not heard from me please scan your computer with the suggested programs above. Thanks for I do always reply, but the mail has to reach me first. Good Luck.Well then feel free to click on image.I will respond either soon or immediately!Truth is the way things are.