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fighting against spyware

February 12, 2005

what was i thinking when i turned my IE security-settings down to “low” instead of turning it up to “high” (in order to test a web-feature without cookies and javascript)? maybe i thought of turning the browser-featureset “low”, not the security. i shouldn’t have used internet explorer in the first place (which i normally don’t do) but i didn’t want to mess with my firefox settings.

he who doesn’t listen will have to feel. it took me a couple of hours of hard work to get my system free of all this malicious spyware, adware and whatever crept onto my harddisk via some shady sites stumbled accross on goggle-imagesearch. spybot, adaware and the new microsoft antispyware only found parts of the problem. with the help of the nifty little hijackthis (and a lot of googling of single processes running and registry-editing) i finally achieved a spyware-free system again. not recommendable for inexperienced users though, it’s not too hard to squash your system totally with this tool.

my recommendations:
use firefox instead of IE, use a firewall and up-to-date anti-virus-software, activate windows update and run spybot from time to time (use also its “immunize”-function).

and don’t do stupid things as i did.


 

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