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Spyware and Adware Detection and Immunization

Don Burleson

 

Spyware and adware can become an epidemic.  It is become a major threat and it is more than just annoying. 

  • Kills Performance - Spyware and adware can cripple your PC, clog your ports and ruin your performance.
     
  • Malicious - Many malicious spyware programs will steal credit card numbers, confidential information and leave your refrigerator door open. (OK, I made the last one up)
     
  • Easily transmitted - Spyware and adware can also be transmitted via e-mail and it is important to take steps to block all incoming infections.

In an great article title Poor Defenders, PC World clearly noted that the freeware tool "Spybot Search & Destroy" product was the best tool in their tests, beating all of the extra-cost products.  The Spybot vendor asks for a small donation and provides semi-weekly updates to their vast array of spyware definitions.

Spyware and adware are most commonly introduced via known vulnerabilities on browsers and all BC consultants are required to take the following precautions:

1.  Install Firefox Browser

Firefox is a Mozilla open-source browser and it blocks incoming spyware and adware.  Please download it here:

   http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

2.  Stop using Internet Explorer

3. DBAs only - Add MOSC search extension for Firefox:

   http://dba-oracle.com/oracle_news/2005_1_13_customize_web_browser_MOSC_searching.htm

4. Download & Install Spybot Search & Destroy

This is considered the best spyware tool in the market and Janet has already made the appropriate donation:

   http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

5. Download and install Ad Aware

   http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4-10045910.html?part=dl-ad-aware&subj=dl&tag=top5 

6. Run Spybot and Ad Aware at least once per week

Run Spybot regularly until it consistently finds that you are not receiving new spyware and adware infections:

   a) Search for updates

   b) Check for Problems

 


 

 

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