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How can you check to see if the machine you are using has this spyware installed? Wouldn't it show up as a running process with task manager?

 

You will never be sure whether the computer you're working on has a keylogger installed. The better ones make sure not to show up as a running process in your taskmanager. So accessing important information on a public machine is definitely a no-no!

 

Cheers,

 

soongmak

 

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Says SOONGMAK:

10. Kazaa-lite.

spyware-free version of this well-known p2p-software. It will find all music and software I might want, including keygenerators.

Don't forget to mention the very fine assortment of all the small movies ;)

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I use many of the programs mentioned by others. In addition, I recommend (for Windows users)

 

1. Total Commander: a shareware program, but in practice you can use it indefinitely before paying the (cheap) license fee. It is an awesome Windows Explorer replacement and FTP client (among other things). I often use it as a download manager when I need to get many files from a remote directory. Look at the plugins page and integrate stuff like IrfanView and Linux FileSystem support.

 

2. For power users, Girder allows you to do things that are otherwise almost impossible. It sometimes is also helpful when debugging Windows programs.

 

3. Even if you usually use Windows, get Knoppix (a Linux distribution that runs from CD) as a recovery tool. It is often the best recovery tool for Windows.

 

4. Again mainly for power users, if you download cygwin, it allows you to run many Unix tools for which there is no decent Windows alternative (at least for free).

 

5. If you use Windows as a client to access a Unix or Linux system, get the PuTTY tools.

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3. Even if you usually use Windows, get Knoppix (a Linux distribution that runs from CD) as a recovery tool. It is often the best recovery tool for Windows.

 

4. Again mainly for power users, if you download cygwin, it allows you to run many Unix tools for which there is no decent Windows alternative (at least for free).

 

5. If you use Windows as a client to access a Unix or Linux system, get the PuTTY tools.


 

Yeh knoppix is pretty awesome hardware polling in Linux is unrivaled so I think a Knopix cd would be invaluable for trouble shooting and if you can find a friendly place a great thing to do with a shared pc. Knoppix can be bloated for older computer but there are many alternatives notably thebootable business card

 

Gentoo.org says they paln to be breating some new life into cygwin, also doing a Mac OS X ports project. I read a thread elswhere about a windows software program damaging important file. Man I don't envy you guys. For all the user unfriendliness-ness of Linux I sure am happy that all I have to do to update my computer is type:emerge -u worldbefore I go to bed and then the next day 10 minutes of being guided through a side by side comparison of modified configuration files.

 

 

 

 

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This level of paranoia always surprises me. To put it in perspective, on the one hand, maybe your local internet cafe's got the most sophisticated spy-software/hardware in the world installed, recording your every move with criminal intent. On the other hand, wouldn't it be easier and cheaper for them to install a simple spy camera above your head? And how many frauds would they be able to perpetrate anyway, before they're tracked down to the obvious source? Doesn't seem worth it to me. There are much easier ways of defrauding someone. Anyway, why stick to computer paranoia? A similarly likely scenario could be someone monitoring your writing through a hidden camera as you write confidential details on a form in a bank... Suppose you're a fraudster... what would you do?

 

Anyway - useful software. Haven't tried it yet, but this looks good - http://www.avantbrowser.com/. Freeware, a browser upgrade to IE that can block popups, filters shockwave ads (for me, they're getting as bad as pop-ups), integrates with google search and gives you tabbed browser windows.

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Hi Bibblies,

 

It's not paranoia, it's simply answering somebody's question about spyware and whether you can detect spyware on your comp - and the answer is that most of us can't.

 

I agree with you that there are more things to worry about, but a manager of an internetshop with some good spyware and too much time on his hands can easily monitor all screens in his internetshop - real time. If that is the sort of thing that worries you, you shouldn't conduct any confidential business from an internet cafe - period.

 

About Avant Browser - it looks good, I use the similar MyIE2. I can say it really enhances your internet experience. :up:

Cheers,

 

soongmak

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Says Ultraviolet:

I am using an anti-spam program called K9 and my catch rate isn't falling below 95%.

 


 

I downloaded K9 yesterday and fired up my e-mail program. Results:

 

Emails processed: 1,546

Number of good emails: 46

Misidentified spam (false positives): 1.4%

Overall accuracy: 97.1%

 

This piece of software stays on my computer! :)

 

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I forgot one priceless (yet free) program in my previous post...

 

it's at http://www.jermar.com/wdrvbck.htm

 

 

it's called WinDrivers Backup, and it backs up all your drivers :p

 

seriously, this is fantastic and could really save you one day...

it will search out all the drivers and save them all wherever you want. Keep a copy on CD next to your OS CD for disaster recovery. Especially useful for Laptops, with their built in modems and other doodads and hard to find driver information when you run into problems.

 

 

coops

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