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this program detects the presence of spyware, such as Aureate and Onflow on your system and gets rid of them

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      08.09.2002 16:58

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      If your sick of the crass advertising schemes you see online , the endless popups appearing from software you installed , the apps installed from webpages without your knowledge then this is for you. Simply scan your machine with adaware and it will rid you of the many different types of tracking and advertising software that is so widespread online now. Its user friendly and works extremely well ... however for those of you without nerves of steel it does have a backup feature so you can undo anything you've deleted using it :) one word of warning tho ... grokster and kazaa dont react well to having their spyware removed so when this has been run have your installation software for them both ready ;)

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      02.12.2001 04:23
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      If you surf the web, download programs and especially install 'freebie' programs and such like then you are opening yourself up to all sorts of web-nasties. Aside from the viruses etc. which everyone knows about there are also other, less obvious programs which are just as obnoxious which are known under the collective name of 'spyware'. These programs sit resident in memory unknown to you and monitor your browsing habits, sending back a report to a server somewhere so that the recipient can sell this information on to interested advertising parties. They are one of the reasons you get so much junk mail for example and they are also one of the reasons you can find your system running slowly, crashing a lot and generally not doing the things it ought to do. Thankfully then there are programs like this one and better still it is free to download! Coming in at around 1MB in size its hardly a problem to download and using it is simply a case of clicking on the icon, opting to clean your hard drive of all known spyware and sitting back while it does a system scan. I was amazaed at the amount of junk I had sitting on my system the first time I used it and even more amazed at how better my internet access was after using it. The free version on scans and deletes the files once they are on you system but you can register for $15 and you get the full version which also sits and monitors your connection for spyware which something is trying to install on it as well. Personally, I use the free one and do a scan once a week to delete the stuff and that works fine for me. Its well worth a look, totally non-techie and idiot proof, free and improves your system performance whilst protecting your privacy. Its almost an essential utility!

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        05.09.2001 04:29
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        This software is a must! If you resent being labelled and followed as you cruise the net, you need this. It is shareware, so you can try it for free. Unregistered you have to run it manually. Installation is straight forward. Once installed you select "scan now". It runs a scan on memory and on your hard disk and shows you a number of potential spy-ware programs, which lurk in your computer. As I understand them, these are programs which are sent from web sites to your computer and which send bits of information about you back to advertisers, so they know where you have been, what you looked at etc. Big brother on the net. To be fair, the balance is a delicate one as it is unreasonable to expect the net to be run for free, and one way for commercial organisations to get their money back is to gather information on browsing. However I think that it should be clear when you enter a site that, in return for some information you are seeking, they would like to trace what you are looking at. I run this about once a week and find that it discovers about 12 new "infections" each time. You are given the choice of backing up the files before it deletes them. This is wise as some web sites use cookies which may be confused with spy ware and you may then suffer if you are asked for your password, name etc each time you use the site. As an aside, I think the new version of explorer, version 6, now contains options by which you can block spy ware, like "doubleclick". Still, I shall keep Ad-aware and run it from time to time just to be sure my computer has not been infected. This program is for all neurotics- you know they are watching you.......

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