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FireFox - Mozilla.org

Beware of spyware. If you can, use the Firefox browser.- USA Today

Better than Internet Explorer by leaps and bounds.- FORBES

Mozilla has introduced Firefox, a browser whose time has come, captured so well in this quote "necessity is the mother of invention." Given the exponential rise of malware, spyware, and adware, the web community has been almost held hostage by malicious code.  For the techies reading this, we know that the majority of code used to be written in JavaScript, which has now evolved into active X.  MS IE will always be vulnerable to Active X because it is the native code of its plug-ins.  This is the reason IE browsers are plagued with spyware, browser hijacking, and all kinds of malicious activity.

So how does Firefox get around this? Simple. No active X.  That's right. Firefox doesn't run Active X code.  Consequently, all that spyware that malicious programmers have been investing time into and is giving us headaches is now useless.  In fact, Firefox will not allow pop-up ads and provides a search bar for most major search engines as well.  Bye, bye Google toolbar (except for PR)!

Brought to you by Mozilla

 

Spybot - 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!

Brought to you by The Home of Spybot Search and Destroy

Support Information: 
Spybot Tutorial
Spybot Forums

 

Ad-aware Standard Edition is THE award winning, free*, multi-component detection and removal utility that consistently leads the industry in safety, user satisfaction, support and reliability. With its ability to comprehensively scan your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known data mining, aggressive advertising, and tracking components, Ad-aware will provide the user with the confidence to surf the Internet knowing that their privacy will remain intact. Let Ad-aware protect your privacy.

Brought to you by LavaSoft

 

 HijackThisHijackThis

 A general homepage hijackers detector and remover. Initially based on the article Hijacked!, but expanded with almost a dozen other checks against hijacker tricks. It is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs/URLs, just the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites. As a result, false positives are imminent and unless you are sure what you're doing, you should always consult with knowledgeable folks (e.g. the forums) before deleting anything.

Brought to you by Merijn.org

Support Information:
HijackThis log tutorial

The official HijackThis QuickStart for posting on the SpywareInfo forums

 

CWShredder

A small utility for removing CoolWebSearch (aka CoolWwwSearch, YouFindAll, White-Pages.ws and a dozen other names). Spybot S&D and Ad-aware tend to forget essential parts of the hijack, so until they update, you can use this to completely remove the hijack. This program is updated to remove the new variants once they come out.
Read this article with documentation on Coolwebsearch here.

Brought to you by Merijn.org

 

 


Free Firewall Downloads

Norton Personal Firewall 2003 Download - Only $9.95

LeakTest
Personal firewall leakage tester

Ensure that your PC's personal firewall can not be easily fooled by malicious "Trojan" programs or viruses. Thanks to this first version of LeakTest, most personal firewalls are now safe from such simple exploitation.

Brought to you by the Gibson Research Corporation

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Free Virus Downloads

AVG Free Edition Version 7.323

  • AVG has finally passed Virus Bulletin's test by 100%.  I have also been using it for the past couple of months and now give thumbs up to my visitors.  AVG is the way to go......for now.

Manual Virus/Trojan Removal Tools

You can find more virus removal tools on the SurferBeware.com Viruses mini-site.

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W32.Netsky.B@mm

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W32.Beagle@mm

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W32.Welchia.Worm

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W32.HLLW.Anig

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W32.Mydoom@mm

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W32.HLLW.Gaobot

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W32.Sober

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W32.Mimail

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Trojan.Qhosts

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W32.Swen.A@mm

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W32.Sobig.F@mm

Note: Symantec has virus/trojan removal tutorials here.

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PC Tools

Startup Control Panel 

a nifty control panel applet that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts. It's simple to use, very small and won't burden your system. A valuable tool for system administrators!

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