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More info on some good tools and some not so good tools,,simple browser check as the page loads. IE only.







How to use spybot {read this before using}







The Anti-Spyware Brigade


If you would like to join the anti-spyware brigade,,send Ax Slinger a PM and he will get to ya just as quick as he can,,he promises!! :)



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Additional information, free tools, links, and programs for system security.


More Spyware Information:

Doxdesk :info:


Spyware Info :info:


Privacy Power! :info:


Ad Blocking:

HOSTS File Information :info:


System Security Information:

Shields UP! :info:


Browser Helper Objects Information:

How to Disable Third-Party Tool Bands and Browser Helper Objects Posted Image


BHO Demon Posted Image



Spyware Programs List (Compiled from various sources on the Internet.) Posted Image



Sygate Personal Firewall 5 :spf:


http://www.snapfiles.com/get/zonealarm.html Free Zone Alarm ver.4.5


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AV Scanners:

AVG Anti-Virus :avg:


Panda Online AV Scan :aid:


TrendMicro Online AV Scan Posted Image


Last Update: 1\30\2004 1:00 AM PST

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Here is a site with a lot of helpful websites listed in it. Yes, it's kind of plain. There's no color, no fancy frills. Just links to sites you may find useful. This HTML file was scanned by AVG 6 :avg: prior to being uploaded, and is 100% Virus Free. Contents of any website linked to are the responsibility of their owners. Please contact me about removing any link which causes problems.


The PC Pitstop Link Library


Last Update: 2\15\2004 10:00 PM PST

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CoolWebShredder - http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/cwschronicles.html


Epilogue - The Origin


We are pretty sure now CoolWebSearch is part of a new strain of trojans that have recently been identified that all have one thing in common: they install through the ByteVerify exploit in the MS Java VM and change the IE homepage, search page, search bar, etc. Take a look at this snippet from the description of the Java.Shinwow trojan:



This is a growing family of trojans that exploits the ByteCodeVerifier vulnerability in the Microsoft Virtual Machine to execute unauthorized code on an affected machine.

   The variants of this trojan that we have seen in the wild have been functionally diverse; the common factor amongst them has been the use of the ByteVerify exploit to achieve their goals. Some variants may do little more than change the user's default Internet Explorer home page and/or search page via modifications to the registry.

We strongly recommend you install the patch, available from this MS security bulletin. If you have Windows XP with Service Pack 1a, your system has no MS Java VM. Information on removing the MS Java VM completely and replacing it with the newer, safer Sun Java VM can be found here.


An a side note, some of the affiliates (Search-Meta has been verified) use another Java exploit to install their malware. It's classified as the JS.Exception.Exploit, and a patch can be downloaded from this MS security bulletin.

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SpywareBlaster - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html


SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed.


By setting a "kill bit" for spyware ActiveX controls, SpywareBlaster can prevent the installation of any spyware ActiveX controls from a webpage. It does this while not interfering with "friendly" ActiveX controls - so your browser can work correctly and you can have peace of mind!


You won't get any more annoying "Yes/No" boxes popped up, asking you to install a spyware ActiveX control (which can increasingly be found in pop-up ads!). In fact, Internet Explorer will never even download or run the spyware ActiveX control!


In addition, SpywareBlaster can prevent many of these spyware ActiveX controls from running, even if they are already installed on your system.*


The newest SpywareBlaster version can even block spyware/tracking cookies!

And SpywareBlaster does not need to be running in the background to provide this protection!


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!)


Common User Issues/Missing Files:

Does SpywareBlaster not run, and report that a file named "msvbvm60.dll" is missing?

If so, downloading the following MS run-time installer will install the missing file and

allow you to use SpywareBlaster without any problems:



Do you get an error that "MSCOMCTL.OCX" cannot be found?

If so, use the following installer to copy the file to your system:

MSCOMCTL Installer


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thanks thought it might come in handy, :)  as i see alot of people's browsers get highjacked. :(

On these boards, Ax is probably the person that taught me the most about Host Files. I'm sure that he will find your link helpful in the quest to gain protection.


Other alternatives: http://pcpitstop.ibforums.com/index.php?ac...=ST&f=9&t=38211 :)

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Yep... The Hosts file is better than most popup blockers. But it also works great with one. Myself, I use Guard IE and the Hosts file as a popup\site blocker\cookie manager combination, and it works great like this. Anything that Guard IE misses, I can add to the Hosts file. (If I know the server address, which is usually easy to find, but not always.)


While the batch files for locking and unlocking the hosts file would be very useful indeed, if you go to this site, Using The Hosts File, and download the free programs e-Dexter and Hosts Toggle (they are on the menu on the right side of your screen) you won't need to bother with those Hosts Editor or RenHost files. These work much better. There is a Hosts file editor built into e-Dexter, and you just right-click the little e-Dexter bone in your system tray to access it.


If you use e-Dexter, you can replace the "Action Cancelled" or "Page Not Found" errors with images of your own choosing. For example, I use 3x3 transparent .GIF files myself, because the images get rezised according to what they are replacing. I used to use photos for this but they looked bad most of the time. One time they might be normal, the next tall and narrow, the next short and wide. So I just made them 3x3 and transparent so you never actually even see them. Here's a copy of the images if you want them... [see the Edit about this in my next post below...]


Hosts Toggle is just what the name implies. A program to "toggle" between multiple Hosts files. There is a huge Hosts file on the website, but as the author stated, it may slow your system down if you use it in that form, as it has over 12,000 entries. Download it and use it as a list of servers instead. Generally speaking, you should limit the number of entries in your hosts file to as few as possible, thus keeping your Internet conncetion running as fast as possible.

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I forgot to mention that Hosts Toggle also has a link built in to it's system tray icon menu to edit the Hosts file, as well as a handy little timer so that if you decide to turn your Hosts file off, it will automatically turn it back on after however many seconds you set it for. Which is great for people like me who tend to forget things like that... :mrgreen:


Someone sent me a PM asking why you would use replacement images for e-Dexter. So I decided to explain it here. As I mentioned I used to have images in these files, but due to the way ads are on the Internet, the results were not always very attractive. Let's say I resized the original e-Dexter images (I forget what size they originally were now) to 468x60, the standard "Banner" size. One of these images would then be something like this:


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I wouldn't mind seeing a Pitstop banner instead of some other banner. But what if the ad it is replacing is not 468x60? What if it was 100x100? This is what you would see in that case:


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And if it was 300x100, you would see this:


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CNN's website has small 88x31 "Sponsored by:" ads that end up looking like this:


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There are ads on the internet of all sizes. So due to that way e-Dexter handles those images, replacing them in the original dimensions of the ad being replaced, that makes using an actual image in these files undesirable to me. So I just took the 6 images e-Dexter has and made them all 3x3 transparent .GIF files. They load faster because they are so small, and it doesn't matter what the dimensions are because you don't actually see anything. The ads are replaced with a transparent square. Unfortunately, this area takes on the background color of the website, and thus will sometimes clash with the color of the spot the ad was placed in. But I think that is better than a distorted image.


[Edit: 3\18\2004] While it is a good description of why you should not use photos with e-Dexter, I recently noticed that the method I used to use to do this isn't necessary... Just right click on the e-Dexter taskbar icon, and on the menu make sure there is no check mark next to "Use Images". This makes the program work faster than using the transparent images, and does the same thing...


Now I wonder why I didn't notice that before? :blushing:

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