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right to privacy…to their detriment, Internet
users often overlook this issue.
As a wise man once said, once the people give up a
right, it is almost impossible to get it
people usually respond to this issue with
indifference, feeling as if this is not really
something they need to be concerned about in their
everyday lives. Well, picture this…what if
there was a government agent assigned to you
everywhere you went, and recorded everything you
did? What if every telephone and
person-to-person conversation was recorded and all
your purchases were tracked?
Still doesn’t bother you?
Let’s take it a little further.
Do you think there is anything you do that
could be construed as a violation of the law?
Chances are if someone was being paid to find out
if you slip up and their whole existence was based
on documenting your mistakes, they would make it
their business to continue until they found the
information they needed.
how about this…what if it was a company rather
than a law enforcement agency watching you and
monitoring your buying habits?
And what if in order to make additional
profit, they sold this information to other
think it happens?
Well, it's happening now, and there is
currently a bill before Congress to stop it.
Free Internet privacy is our goal and Internet privacy
information will be the tool. This section is dedicated to
internet privacy protection with little time commitment. There are internet privacy tools contained in this section such as:
free spyware remover, information to delete internet cookie, a free internet privacy downloads page
(get internet privacy software free )!, and information to stop email spam.
protect your precious privacy, because once it's
gone, it may never return.
What is anti-spyware software?
Spyware has taken a more despicable turn by being installed without the user receiving any free software. What am I talking about? Spyware such as Comet Cursor, lop, and others are installed automatically via popup windows or by just going to a site.
For those of you who use Kazaa, please download Kazaa
Lite 2.00 from our Free
Downloads page. It will eliminate the spyware
and the barrage of ads.
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How does anti-spyware software work?
Anti-spyware software works by identifying the spyware based on previous installations. Remember spyware is installed like any other application and so has a “signature”. A signature is comprised of the entries in the Windows Registry that are changed and the files that are created on your hard drive. Anti-spyware software will look for evidence of these files and if it finds any, removes them, thus removing the spyware. The most challenging area of removing spyware is the number of variants. Similar to real-world viruses, spyware can have “strains” or variants of the same “parent” spyware, which can make it difficult to remove.
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Why do I need anti-spyware software?
- will cause your computer to run slower;
- can alter your browser settings by changing your home and search pages or even automatically adding entries to your favorites folder;
- is a violation of privacy, unless you have agreed to it.
Spyware is walking a thin line of being classified as a Trojan horse or back-door (link) and currently, the only defense against it is anti-spyware software.
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What should I do now?
There are two major players in the anti-software arena:
Both of these programs can be downloaded for free from our
Free Downloads page. I personally use both of these applications, but prefer Spybot. I have the paid version of Ad-aware, which automatically scans for spyware in real-time via their add-on package Ad-watch. Whatever you decide, please ensure the following after installation:
1. Check for latest updates immediately;
2. Set options for highest level of scanning;
3. Set option to run at startup;
4. Set option to fix spyware automatically;
5. Shutdown all programs and run a scan immediately
Whenever someone comes to this page, a scan is done to make sure that they don’t have any of the common spyware culprits. You can check for spyware automatically from
this page but it will not remove the spyware for you automatically it will only
give you instructions on how to remove it. I use it to do a quick check while I’m surfing to make sure I’m “clean” and if spyware is found I use Spybot to remove it.
Add the following lines
to your hosts file to stop the Ad servers in their tracks.
Your hosts file should be located at:
- Win 9x: c:\windows\
- Win NT/2000/XP: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
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- Search and Destroy
Spybot is definitely the
new king in spyware and adware removal. I have tried
it for a while now and it is more comprehensive, thorough,
and faster than ad-aware. Ad-aware still has a great
following and great guys working to make it number one,
but in my opinion Spybot currently holds that honor.
The latest version of Spybot also come s with a secure
deletion tool called secure shredder. You can use
this to permanently delete files on your computer.
Best of all, it's free!
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surf the Internet knowing that their privacy will remain intact. Let Ad-aware
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