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One of the most debated thing on the net, seems to be adware (and spyware)
...atleast when it comes down to personal security.

I'm sure this isn't the first time you have heard about it, however I thought maybe if i started a new topic altogether it might get something new out of something old.

i've noticed the concern of which ppl are debating which adware scanner or spyware remover to get, and seeing as norton 2005 (and pc cillin, but not sure about latest ver) doesn't do the trick all the time. personally, norton's great but watch out for cpu usage. (hmm i wana try new pc cillin, any reconmendations?)

but what's really devious on the security market, is that some of these so called spyware removers (usually the free ones, or ones you see in popups) aren't really as effective as one would like to imagine. in fact, some of them are designed by the same *@%$'s that made your lovely problem in the first place. yes, the adware. on occasion some are made by respectable companies (or approved by some shmuck) and they too, are just "realing you in".

c'mon, you've seen it.
"ATTENTION: it has come to our knowledge that your system is AT RISK !
CLICK HERE IMMEDIATELY TO REMOVE ALL TROJANS AND SPYWARE (etc etc)

or

PC RUNNING AT CRITICAL LEVEL ! click here to get (not aiming at any actual companies) PC OPTIMIZER DELUXE - free today !
(give me a break. what's next, call in the next 10 minutes and... ???)

maybe it's because ppl don't really care about their personal security anymore, maybe it's because they didn't read the fine print.

maybe it's because commercialism is sometimes manipulative.

what would you say the best adware remover is ?
what would best benefit the "average" or less knowledgable user ?
most ppl don't know how to edit their registry, or set up proxies...
should this deny their right to use a computer ??? some would agree, but i also think we need to establish a better adware removing system, because most adware isn't malacious, and isn't a virus, or a "hack attempt" that a firewall would detect or block out.

ppl need to become familiar with what it is, or soon it will be a hazard to them, as online banking and auctioning / purchasing etc is becomming a bigger thing everyday...

even a simple conversation on your favourite SMS (messenger) could be potentially dangerous, if it is used carelessly and unknowingly.

it is not the average persons fault they do not know this, either.

it's just something we need to accomplish, as computers plays a major role in today, and forever in the future.

i would like to start a new chain (if possible) on recomendations (personal ones, or professional ones) on software related to security, and links for new comers into the computer world on learning a few basics....
 

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Yea, ad-aware is a personal fav of mine...

here's one for you: with bazooka, i've been able to "apparantly" detect adware that ad-aware did not. however, i tried following the basic instructions, and even the safemode regedit...
and it kept reappearing, but only with bazooka.

must be a joke ? something tells me it's not, but w/e...
i can live with it... i've even implanted adware in my system to see how legit bazooka is and fair enough it found GAIN, internet optimizer, and a new one "unknown startup" all is well, that can be removed, however here's the one's that only bazooka find and seem to stick around regardlessly.

"twaintech.mxtarget, keenvalue.updatemgr, and multimpp"

i've tried several ways of removing it and also tried to get other spyware apps to detect them and it wont....something's fishy
 
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