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Do you know that someone may be spying on you right now? watching everything you do on your computer tracking what sites you visit where you shop on-line and possibly even reading your personal documents and email?
It is true.These Spywares and Malwares have destructive powers which is a huge infringement of your privacy.
In short, Spyware is software which assists in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge.
Some of can be even dangerous; They are able to steal your credit card details and steal your valuable data. This is a review of the King of Spywares GATOR
a. Gator is nuisance and can be termed as spyware, sending information about buying habits, etc. for information purposes. For this reason, many people wont use it and want to remove it.
b. The Gator eWallet is provided free, because it is supported by advertising from the GAIN Network, which helps keep many popular software applications free in exchange for delivering advertising. As you surf the Web, you will occasionally see GAIN branded ads (pop-ups and others) selected based on your online activities. These ads are displayed by GAIN AdServer Software not by any Web site. The Gator company recently changed their name to Claria.
c. Gator is smart online companion that fills out forms and remembers passwords. Gator comes with the OfferCompanion application, the premier application for saving money on the web.
They call themselves as Leader in Online Behaviour marketing. I do not understand why?? There punch line itself shows the infringement to privacy. Claria currently offers two advertising services - the GAIN Network and BehaviorLink..
2. Gator Components
a. Gator (iegator.dll and others)
Gator is the main software, which autocompletes Web forms (which is completely unnecessary for many users these days, since IE and Mozilla (and Netscape?) have had automatic form completion, password saving, etc. built in for some time.
This is the advertising spyware module. It is responsible for spying on your Web browsing habits, downloading and displaying pop-up ads, and transmitting (personal?) information to Gator.
c. Trickler (fsg.exe, fsg-ag.exe, fsg*.exe)
Trickler is an install stub, a small program that is installed with the application you really wanted. (Gator almost always appears on your system due to installing OTHER software, and not the installer available from Gators website.) When installed, Trickler inserts a Run key in your Registry so that it is silently and automatically loaded every time you start your computer. Trickler runs hidden and very slowly downloads the rest of Gator/OfferCompanion onto your system. It is suggested that this trickling activity is intended to slip under the users radar, the steady, low usage of bandwidth going unnoticed.
d. GAIN (GMT.exe, CMESys.exe, GAIN_TRICKLER_*.EXE)
GAIN is short for Gator Advertising Information Network, and is the newest incarnation of the Gator spyware.
1. Right click on the Gator icon in the System Tray and click on Exit.
2. From the Windows Start button select Settings and then Control Panel.
3. When the Control Panel window opens, double-click on the Add/Remove Programs icon.
4. When the Add/Remove Programs Properties window opens, locate Gator in the list of installed programs. Click on it one time and then click on the Add/Remove button. Follow the on screen instructions.
5. Place a check in the box for Delete User Information if you want user information removed from the Registry. DO NOT place a check in this box if you want the user data retained for a new install of Gator.
This will remove the Gator program from your computer.
6. Although the above instructions will remove the Gator E-Wallet information, you may still have GAIN (Gator Advertiser Information Network) software installed. GAIN helps keep many popular software applications and services free in exchange for delivering ads, information, and software based on the web sites you view.
7. GAIN can only be removed by uninstalling the GAIN supported application. You cannot uninstall GAIN directly. Once the GAIN supported application has been uninstalled, GAIN will uninstall itself as well.
You may find lot of junk mails in your mailbox if you install gator as it actually recors your behavioural statistical data and then mail you.So beware of this spy....!!
The major browsers (IE, Netscape, Mozilla) now include an auto complete and password-remember feature for which Gator is mainly used so why you need Gator??
Simply remove it to make your PC faster and stable.
At first I thought this was a great idea, with so many password to remember these days you do need some extra help. So I had little hesitation in downloading the sofwatre from the site. It works with you as you are working online. It?s a small tool that floats on top of your screen and stores all your username and password. For the first couple of weeks this software was excellent, it made logging in and out very easy. No loner did you have to keep the same password which was more prone to be hacked into. However, it was only when a friend wanted to use the internet that I started thinking about this software. It didn?t seem that rosy anymore. When she went to hotmail, my username and password came out. And although she?s a good friend I still would want anyone to know my passwords. So, I turned it off and felt a touch let down. But, it didn?t stop there, when I went back to the site. I felt a bit suspicious. This software was being given away free, after it cost a lot of money being designed, thought up etc. You may think you?re passwords/username or safe from friends and family but maybe the real culprits have access to your information. Since it is stored and can be readily accessed by any of the site managers etc. I had been stupid, very stupid enough to store my online banking details I immediately erased the account that I had with the bank, uninstalled the software and won?t be using it again. I have felt a touch anxious since, although nothing happened you don?t know who?s sitting behind a computer screen. Maybe my brain is working over time, but I wouldn?t recommend this site, seems to dodgy. Just think a couple of spotty teenager who have set this site up to intercept and read everyone?s emails. They could easily pass your details like e-mail addresses on to companies and make a tidy profit for themselves. So do be careful and think twice before downloading this software especially if yo
u share a computer.
Gator is a software that (they tell you) store away information and when you subscribe to a site it compile the module for you (ok is real), but they forget to tell you that gator (you don't even know it if you don't have a firewall installed) simply access internet and send away some of your data (don't worry not important data like credit card numbers) it only tell them information like what kind of hardware is your computer composed, mail and other "not important information". You can use it without any risk, it's up to you to choose if you find it so useful and are willing of send away to them some of your personal information. If you choose to remove it, then after that, download the last version of "adaware" a special software that remove all the form of "known" spyware from your pc (sometimes a program like flashget will not work because it contain it's own spyware and if is removed it will simply not work) adaware can be downloaded from www.lavasoft.de
Gator automatically fills out forms and remembers login names and passwords. After downloading Gator into your computer, it will pop up at each new site that you visit requesting a password. It asks you to sign in and tells you that it will now remember the name/password for you. The next time that you visit this site, Gator will pop up with your information The download was painless. The program loads automatically with your computer and is ready to go once you sign on to the internet Gator comes with OfferCompanion, the premier application for saving money on the Web.OfferCompanion will bring you high-value offers when you are shopping online Gator now comes with Price Helper. With it, you can compare prices while you shop online. It?s fast, easy, and delivers real savings - as well as peace of mind OfferCompanion will bring you high-value offers when you are shopping online Gator is very useful for people who hate filling things out and have to do it often or who have trouble keeping track of places and passwords. I've found it a very valuable online companion and, as someone who's prone to losing passwords, it's a great way to ensure that I can gain continued access to my favourite sites.
Where would I be without Gator? I'm one of those impatient types who hates filling out forms and there's nothing worse than having to fill out the same form again and again and again. I often find myself with a form to fill in, and some of them can be very long. Not to worry - I've downloaded Gator so I will never have to fill in another form again and believe me, it saves a lot of time. For those of you not familiar with Gator, let me explain. You download the program and it then asks you to input your details. Once this is done, you will never have to enter them again. The program stores the details and in the future, whenever you enter a webpage with a form to fill in, a little Gator reminder pops up to offer to automatically fill in the details for you. Trust me, you'll be glad to see it and on long forms, it can save you a lot of time. Another useful feature of Gator is it's ability to store passwords. Once you enter a login/password combination for the first time, you will get an offer to remember the password and similar to your personal details, this will be stored and when you return to the page, a message will appear offering to automatically fill in the password for you. This feature proves very useful because when you have signed up to a number of different sites, each providing you with a difficult to remember password or account number, storing them on Gator not only means getting rid of those scraps of paper around your desk, it means you also don't have to remember or type them in. Furthermore, it avoids account details being lost and therefore you becoming unable to access certain information. Gator also comes with an OfferCompanion program which allows you to specify your interests and then it scours the web for the best offers available for you, as well as offering you information on special prize draws and potential winnings as well. Although you may not find filling out forms a
particular nuisance just now, once you have downloaded and used Gator, you will notice a big difference and would not want to be without it. It really is a useful tool and the time you can save can come in handy. Gator is free and full of benefits and I fully recommend taking five minutes to download it.
Having an interest in many things, I normally fill in a lot of online surveys. I am a member of several websites that send me surveys on my pre-chosen subjects. This means that I have to fill in a hell of a lot of forms that include my address etc. This is where gator comes in. Basically you download the software and then fill in all of the information on the program you recieve. Theoretically, you then get a Gator pop up every time a form appears on your screen. This is the case around 90% of the time although sometimes it takes too long to appear. You get the feeling that you could have filled the whole form in long before the gator sign popped up. This, at times makes me feel that it is a waste of time but if you have to fill in forms as much as I do then it reaaly is a great help. Another aspect, although I don’t use it is that you can put your credit card details on the database meaning you don’t have to fill your number in every time. The next aspect of Gator is the password memory system. Basically every time you join a website and have to remember a password, Gator will remember it for you. This works the same way as the address system, every time you enter a site that you have joined Gator will popup and login the password for you. The same problem arises though, It takes too long at times to come into view so you could quite easily have typed it in for yourself. My overall conclusion is that you should only use this program if you are like me, and need to fill in lots of forms.
Gator - Your online companion, this is what it states on the website and is what it is supposed to be. After using Gator now for about the last 2 months I however disagree. When you download Gator from www.Gator.com, (pretty small download, about 1MB or less) it happily sits in your task bar until it is being used. Gator is used to remember your online passwords, fill in forms and give price comparisons. At first I thought Gator would come in very handy as I regularly sign up to a lot of sites and don't always remember the login names and passwords, this was until it started to get the passwords wrong. If you only use Gator for a few passwords then fair enough it is a very handy program to have, but if like me you use it for hundreds it starts typing in a password from another site but makes it completley useless. Also Gator's price comparison is a waste of time, occasionally on various sites a little banner from Gator pops up offereing you basically the same deal that is offered on the website, up to now I have had to close everyone of these. From reading the other opinions about Gator on Ciao I've read that it steals your data from your computer, I would personally say that this is a load of rubbish. I've never had any E-mails from Gator or any extra products???? Overall, although 13 million people have downloaded Gator I would advise you to stay well away as it can just end up getting very annoying in the long run.
Gator will rapidly become your online companion, as it automatically fills in online forms and remembers login ID’s and passwords, thus eliminating unnecessary typing and the frustration of remembering passwords for different online web sites. This will also save you valuable time as it instantly fills in forms with just one click. This software program is essential, to any one that loves sending for freebies or entering competitions online. Gator is a completely FREE American software program that can be downloaded from the Internet in just 3 minutes at 56K. Website Address: - www.gator.com How it works ~~~~~~~~~~~ When you have downloaded Gator, then it remains quite discreet until there is an online form to fill in, or you need to fill in your login and password. It will then ask you if you want Gator to remember the password and login name, after that it will automatically remember your information and will log you in every time you come to that page. In addition, if there is a site with a login and/or password where you don’t want Gator to pop up to help, then you can easily tell Gator not to appear at any specific site by clicking on the box in your login helper. Whatever you are doing on your computer whether it be online or off, then Gator will not get in your way as it remains as an icon (a little pair of alligator eyes), on the shortcut task bar - along the bottom of your screen. You will of course, need to fill in all your details after you have downloaded Gator. You can choose what details you wish to fill in or not as the case may be. Identities ~~~~~~~ You can adapt Gator for use by different people, and it will store their details as well as your own under different ID names. Addresses ~~~~~~~~ It can store addresses for either Home, Work or Other. The details that you can fill in are: Name <
br><br>Street City State Zip Code Country Phone Fax Email or course the Work details are exactly the same except that you are able to fill in your Company name if this is applicable. Of course, as I said previously you can choose which fields you want to fill in. Credit Card Information ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can also fill in your credit card information. The details that you can fill in are: Card Type Your Name Number Expires on Billed to Company Street City State Zip Code Country Offer Companion ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With Gator comes an “Offer Companion”. Offer Companion brings you value offers when you are shopping online, but don’t worry about unsightly advertising or banners that are more of an eyesore than a help, because as with everything with Gator, these offers are shown quite discreetly and very seldomly on the bottom of your details. If you do wish to view the latest offers, then there is a specific section where you can view all the very latest deals. Help Section ~~~~~~~~~~ There is of course, the trusty help section, here you will find the answers to all the Frequently Asked Questions, or you can view the Gator User Guide, should you wish to know anything about using Gator. Settings ~~~~~~~ In the settings section, if you wish you are able to set up a password, this is so that only you have access to your information. Privacy ~~~~~~ If you are worried about the safety and privacy of the information that you store on Gator, then there is no need, as all your personal information is stored in an encrypted file on your computer - you can control what information goes where at all times. The information is never shared with anyone else. I came across Gator, quite by accident, before joining Dooyoo I
was an avid freebie hunter on the Internet. I had seen an advert for Gator on quite a few occasions while on some freebie sites, but had never downloaded it. This was because I am very wary about downloading things from the Internet, especially in the light of recent computer viruses. It was only after talking to a friend of mine, who was also an avid freebie hunter, that she had said that she had downloaded this onto her computer without any problems and said that it was a real asset. I decided that Gator must be worth a closer look, anything that would save me time filling in all those forms sending away for freebies. I downloaded it and then filled in my information in the relevant areas. The only area I didn’t fill my details in was the credit card section, this is only because I am very wary about leaving my credit card details anywhere, and it doesn’t matter how secure the site is - call me old-fashioned if you want. I am pleased that I downloaded Gator, as it has saved me so much time in filling forms and login in on various sites including Dooyoo. The only gripe, that I have, is that because it is obviously an American program, which you can tell from the offers that it shows you in the offer companion, and also some of the information that it asks you for in the address section, i.e. the zip code, then it doesn’t always fill English forms in so well. It obviously doesn’t understand postcode as obviously it is listed as the zip code. Also, I think it should be able to store more details about you e.g. date of birth, status - Mr, Miss, Mrs or Mr. and also male or female as these are also more or less standard questions that you are asked for on forms. So although I am happy enough with Gator, if there was an English version available to download, then that would be even better. So go on give it a try, it’s free, and does save you time login in and filling forms in -what have
you got to lose, if you don’t like it then uninstall it. It can be downloaded from www.gator.com.
I downloaded Gator about 2 months ago, It works fairly well with most sites, and is a handy tool for filling in forms, however it is designed for the american ".com" market, and falls flat on its face when confronted with a .co.uk site. It can't differentiate between them, and you end up still having to remember your logins and passwords. Another downside is the delay it sometimes causes in page loading times, and its habit of waitng thirty seconds after you have entered a login, to ask if you want to save it! Which is bloody frustrating, especialy if you live out in the sticks like me, and your connection is about the speed of an asthmatic carrier pidgeon! The drag and drop form filling, and uto form filling is very useful, but i'd say the slow reactions, and the problems with sites other than .com's outway the benefits.
Gator is a simple and very easy to use program, which will help you quickly fill in online forms and it will also remember your login names and passwords for any particular website. The gator program sits very quietly in your system tray (near the clock) and will ask you whether you want it to remember your login name and password when you login into a website which gator hasn't got a saved password for. For example when I logged into dooyoo with the gator program open a small dialogue box appeared asking me whether to save these details. Now instead of typing my login name and password to enter my account on dooyoo I simply have to click a button in gator, which does it for me. You may well be thinking that your internet browser can already remember login names and passwords. And yes this is true, but gator is good for one other thing: Filling out online forms. Dooyoo ever get bored typing the same information about yourself over and over just to register for different online services, websites and for paying for goods. Well gator asks for this information just once and then you can use gator to automatically fill out those horrible forms. How it works: When you first run gator it asks you to enter your personal information. You don't have to enter anything you don't want to. For example you (like me) may want to give gator your name and address, but not your telephone number etc. When you come to fill out a form using gator you simply drag and drop the different pieces of information onto the correct form boxes. For example to fill in your surname, simply click on your surname in gator and drap it to the surname box on the form. In fact rather than do that you can simply double click and gator will enter your surname into the selected box. Gator allows you to setup multiple accounts for when more than one person uses the internet on your computer. As they will have different login na
mes and passwords gator will allow them to quickly setup a new account. If you fill in alot of those online forms you must get this essential free piece of software. It only takes a few minutes to download, but will save you hours in completing those forms. Gator is certainly a simple yet effective 4 star program....
I downloaded 'Gator' from my Spedia Bar (For full details about Spedia and why I not longer use it see my op 'Warning Spedia Bar') however that aside I was very impressed (and still am) with this free piece of sofeware. Basically once you have put your details into the system it can assist you in filling out form and remembering pretty much all your passwords. You can also password protect it so that others with access to your computer don't get access. Form Filling When a form appears on the net the Gater window opens up automatically or can be opened manually if the form is not recognised. In some instances clicking on 'fill in' will automatically fill the whole form, or ocassionally you need to drop and drag items to the form manually. Still a lot faster that typing all the details. If you want to you can also put your payment details (Credit Card Number)into the form to make online shopping easier. I have not as I don't use a password and would rather my kids do not 'accidently' buy goods online. Password/UserNames When you first put in a user-name and password (such as the one for dooyoo) a 'Gater' box jumps up and asks if you it to remember these details or you have the option to turn it off for that site. Beware however for 'Gator' can not remember changing passwords (i.e. if you need to put in different letters of a password such as when logging on to First Direct banking) so it is best to turn it off for such sites, this also keeps them more secure. Thats about it, certainly worth a try as its free, and can be downloaded from www.gator.com One minor disadvantate is that you have to download (automatically) the offer companion that comes with it and from time to time this pops up with a variety of offers, at first this is OK but it can get a little annoying and I have not been ablr to find a way to turn it off without losing 'Gator' as well
. I have additionally been told that the information stored by Gator can be used to send you unsolicited mail, but I have had no first hand experiance of this.
Don't trust Gator.com, that is my advice. Whether it has changed any since I downloaded and installed their supposedly secure password and form filling piece of software is really not of any concern to me. I have already been bitten by this alligator and as the saying goes ' once bitten, twice shy'. Gator is a small program which sits on your machine and remembers information which you type into the on-line forms we all often fill out. It remembers passwords too. On the outside it appears to be a useful and worthwhile program, afterall it can be tedious to keep filling in your info every time you want to join something or enter a competition. I enter over 500 competitions on-line every month and thought this was the answer to my prayers. How wrong I was. After installing Gator, I got an influx of junk mail appearing in my in tray and started to wonder how secure gator was. Afterall their web site stated:- "Many other products force consumers to input sensitive information like last name, address and credit cards. Gator.com believes that this personal information is, well, personal and belongs only to the consumer. Gator is extremely safe because it stores this information in an encrypted file only on consumers' computers." Also stated is "Gator is completely secure so there's no need to worry about the information you put into Gator. Your private information is stored only on your own computer. And never shared with anyone else!" I do not believe this to be true as my personal data was certainly not safe. I had been bitten by the alligator. Whether gator directly reports data back or the program is used by others as a gateway to infiltrate your machine is unclear to me, that however is equally unimportant, the fact that this software, diectly or indirectly, is responsible for infiltration was enough to convince me it was certainly not what it appeared to be. At this t
ime I was not running any firewall or leak proof software and I was unaware of what was going on behind the scenes. It was not until I ran the OPTOUT program available from grc.com that I realised the truth, Gator is a stealth program which appears to feed back your personal data to their database, this is very worrying and would account for the influx of junk mail I started to receive. OPT OUT reported Gator to me as being an unsavory program to have running on my system. The fix, I uninstalled it to prevent further unauthorised disclosure of information but some damage had already been done. So be warned, some things are not always as they appear. See ya later alligator!
update 10-4-2001 at the bottom! Introduction ~~~~~~~~~~ Ever got in the situation where you returned to that website you visited long ago, and registered to? Ever failed to remember what the %*&$ that stupid username/password was you used to log into this specific site? Different case. Do you remember all those sites where you wanted to register to, but got fed up with filling out those registration-forms? Third one. Are you also checking the DooYoo page mainpage twenty times a day, typing in your username/password to make sure the articlesyou read and rate are counted? If either of these situations applies to you (and I assume at least the last one applies), than Gator is THE tool for you. It’s an easy to use, small but powerful application which sits in your taskbar, and rememers all your username/password combinations per website, and automatically fills in (registration)forms for you. Automatic log-on ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Both functions work fine, but my personal favourite is the automatic filling of the username/password. This function works simple: The first time you enter a uname/Password for a specific site (say the DooYoo mainpage), Gator pops up, asking you whether you want it to save the password, or ignore the site from then on. The next time you return to that site, being the next day or months later, Gator recognizes the site, and pops up, offering to fill in your log-on info. This service is very flexible, as it also supports multiple accountnames (very handy when you use the PC together with your spouse or kids, andall have their own page/settings), you can also still enter the data yourself (although I shouldn’t know why), or tell gator to stop bothering you for this site. Filling out forms ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The second function, that of filling in forms, also works quite well, although I don’t use it that much myself. Again, whenever Gator detects a site
that it can help you with (eg. a with a form to fill), it pops up and offers to help. Its main purpose is to fill the ‘easy‘ fields, like name, adress, creditcard… Of course, it can only fill in info you previde it with, so I refrained from telling it my creditcard details, since I don’t want to spread that kind of info too wildly. If Gator fails to correctly detect the fields, you always have the opportunity to drag-and-drop the info yourself. The smallprint ~~~~~~~~~~~ There is,however, a catch. This is, that the makers of Gator want to see some revenue from their program. They found a clever way of getting paid, without having to let the punters actually grab for their wallet. The keyword is: Advertisements. Yes, Gator does show banners in its application. Whenever it pops up to come to your aid, a small banner (about an inch wide) is displayed on the bottem of the dialog box. You don’t need to click on it, in fact you can totally ignore it. Since that window is usally open for less than a second, you don’t even notice it. The second version is a bit more intrusive. Gator checks the pages you visit, and if you cruise by a well known site (f.i. Amazon.com), it will pop up a ‘special offer’ of some kind. You can then kill the pop-up window, and even tell Gator to not show that ad any more. In total, it’s a small price to pay. A third point of attention is that gator can only detect web-pages that use that use relatively simple forms. Until now, however, the only page that it didn’t recognize, was that of my bank, and I didn’t want it to remember that password anyway. Final point, as I already mentioned, it might not be a good idea to feed Gator your credit card or bank info. When you use it to fill in a form, it really fills each field it can identify, including that credit card number. I personally like to keep a bit more control on that one.
Conclusion ~~~~~~~~ In total, Gator is THE tool for all those people that visit many sites they need to log into. Best of all, it’s totally free. Of course, there are some small niggles, like the pop-ups that every now and then, eeeh, pop up. Luckily, you can opt them out, so you only have to see each ad only once. Also, it’s important to know how eand when to use it, but if you use the advises in this op, you’ll do grand. This tool is part of my essential kit, and actually is the first thing I install on any new machine I get my hands on. No DooYoo’er should have to live without it. Get it at www.download.com, or at gator’s own site. Do it now, you won’t be disappointed. Update: ~~~~~~ I found an easy way to get rid of those pesky pop-ups. It is really simple. Once you installed Gator, just go to your configuration menu, choose add/remove programs and remove the program 'Offercompanion'. This is the program that actually issues the pop-ups. So no more pop-ups, but gator will keep on doing its thing!
I downloaded Gator sometime last year after seeing it advertised all over the place. It seemed that it was targeted at UK users (as it was advertised on UK sites alot) so I thought it must have some use for me. It supposedly helps you to complete forms by entering your details into the program, the when you need to fill out a form online, it will do it for you. It sounds good, but its not. With Gator comes a lot of surplus advertising, SPAM and pop-up adverts. The worst thing about it is that the form will not take your phone number (as it is in the american format) so it basically doesn't work for UK users like you and me. My advice is to not waste your time downloading it, if you haven't already. If you have, and find it useful, please explain to me what I'm doing wrong. I feel that this piece of software was the most useless program I have ever wasted my time downloading. Please make the write choice.
I've been using Gator now for at least 8 months and it has been a saviour to me. Gator is a FREE downloadable piece of software which alllows you to store all your details on for form filling. It has saved me hours of time which I can now use for searching and reading about topics I'm into. When filling in a form all you need to do is click on the detail you want to fill in the form and it will appear in the space provided. Easy as pie. It also stores all your usernames and passwords for you so when you want to log in to a site eg Talk21 to accesss your email account an automatic menu will appear with your username and password. All you need to do then is to click on the fill in botton on the the menu. Plus you have the option of adding a password to your Gator account details to stop other users on your commputer accessing your details. It is definately worth the download!!! www.gator.com 5 out of 5