Bulletproof your PC from spyware

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  1. JordanClarkson

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    http://www.avatar.demon.nl/APK.html

    Warning. This is quite extreme as it involves registry tweaks.

    read through the text and do the fix's that apply to you. I downloaded all the apk*.reg files, edited them to fit my computer, and ran them. Usually the only things needing editing are ones that have to do with ram. instead of the dword value type in like "256000 decimal" for 256mb of ram.

    There are other important reg tweaks, but don't take them all too seriously. Don't close all of your tcp ports if you want to run p2p programs. You also don't want to completely disable flash programs.

    Disabling the specific services helps a lot to make your PC faster. Don't get rid of wireless zero if you use wireless though. Get rid of the infrared stuff if you don't need it. My computer's been spyware free and I got an extra 10bps out of the tweaks, plus the resources it uses has been a lot less.

    Be sure to back up your registry file before doing this
     
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    Yea, but you have to remember, that if you have spyware on your PC and you just decide to use Firefox or Opera instead, the problem is still there.

    IE is so integrated with Windows that I'm sure it'll catch up to you if you don't take the time to actually fix it instead of just using another browser to get around it.

    Thanks for the link, I'll have to take a look at it.
     
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    Not using IE is not enough. You can get spyware from infected computers on your network.
     
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    so theirfore its not spyware but a virus as it become replicating.
     
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    newsflash! that's what spyware does these days. spyware is much more malicious than virii
     
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    Just turn on Immunize in Spybot Search & Destroy. That will keep alot of it from reinstalling.
     
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    except there's viri and spyware for linux too.

    linux isn't a good solution -- it's vulnerable just like the rest.
     
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    It's vulnerable, but there is much less out for it. Yes, I know, this is party because there are fewer users, but it's also because it's much harder to write anything effective for it. To put spyware on a Linux box you'd basically have to convince the user to explicitly install it.

    And if it's so vulnerable, how come in five years of using Linux as my only OS, I've never seen any viruses, spyware or adware?
     
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    it is 100% as vulnerable as windows. You can just as easily catch a virus/spyware on linux as on windows.

    However, it's a numbers game... If you're gonna write a virus or spyware, then you want maximum exposure -- which focuses efforts on windows, which is what everyone uses.
     
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    If you think that's all there is to it, then you are INCORRECT.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :werd:

    It is true that you can write a virus for any system. It's getting the virus into that system and having it do damage to that system that's the hard part.
     
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    did you see the number of linux systems hacked last year? go look up that figure...
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Have you seen how many big servers that are tempting targets for hacking run Linux?
     
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    likewise, the number of big servers running Windows...

    I'm not saying windows is best. I am simply saying that the people that *BLINDLY* say that it's linux, therefore must be best, are going to get bit in the ass one day for making such an ignorant assumption/statement.
     
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    It's not about what OS or browser you use. What you need to do is close your ports and also prevent any spyware you do get from actually working. meaning prevent it from sending mail and stealing your passwords
     
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    I'm not saying that Linux is insusceptible to everything, indeed it is possible to write viruses and exploits for Linux. However, it is harder to write them and it is harder to get them onto a Linux computer without the user noticing.

    That said, Linux still kicks the shit out of Windows in every way. It's more stable, more secure and easier to install and use.
     

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