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Old 09-01-2005, 09:51 PM
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Keeping your computers safe

From a recent New York Times article (NYTimes.com, June 24):
"Hundreds of thousands of computers each week are being added to the ranks of zombies, infected with software that makes them susceptible to remote deployment for a variety of illicit purposes... In most instances, the user of a zombie computer is never aware that it has been commandeered."
Don't let your computer be turned into a zombie. Don't be unaware. And don't let phishers trick you into giving up confidential information or clicking on an all-too-tempting link.
Zombie attacks have already tried to cripple Web sites including those of Microsoft, the White House and even the servers that manage Internet traffic. Our web server is now is protected. Are you? Don't let the crooks outsmart you!
To protect yourself and to keep your computer safe, always keep your machine updated with the latest anti-virus and anti-spam software. And don't do business with a Web site that isn't secure. Always look for signs that a site is protected and encrypted with a secure SSL certificate. Any time you're asked to give personal information on a Web page, the Web address should begin with "https:" ? the "s" stands for "secure" and is your key to knowing your information is protected. All our Stripers247.com pages that require personal information are secure and the address in your browser will begin with "https."
And last, simply be smart. Don't click on unknown links. If you don't know a Web site is legitimate, don't go there. Don't let your curiosity get the best of you and turn your computer into a zombie.
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Microsoft Anti spyware. Its free and its a must.
Click on the page and download Downlod page is here

If you think your infected with a virus or worm use
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The following topic was written by AntiSpyware Expert Tony Klein
and has been posted in numerous Security Forums.


Hopefully, these tips and tools will help you understand how to stay safe and prevent any infections. From Gladiator security.
SO, HOW DID I GET INFECTED IN THE FIRST PLACE? You usually get infected because your security settings are too low.
Here are a number of recommendations that will help tighten them, and which will contribute to making you a less likely victim:
1) Watch what you download!
Many freeware programs, and P2P programs like Grokster, Imesh, Kazaa and others are amongst the most notorious, come with an enormous amount of bundled spyware that will eat system resources, slow down your system, clash with other installed software, or just plain crash your browser or even Windows itself.
2) Go to IE > Tools > Windows Update > Product Updates, and install ALL Security Updates listed.
It's important to always keep current with the latest security fixes from Microsoft.
Install those patches for Internet Explorer, and make sure your installation of Java VM is up-to-date. There are some well known security bugs with Microsoft Java VM which are exploited regularly by browser hijackers
Windows Update:
3) Adjust your security settings for ActiveX
Go to Internet Options/Security/Internet, press 'default level', then OK.
Now press "Custom Level."
In the ActiveX section, set the first two options ("Download signed and unsigned ActiveX controls) to 'prompt', and 'Initialize and Script ActiveX controls not marked as safe" to 'disable'.
Now you will be asked whether you want ActiveX objects to be executed and whether you want software to be installed.
Sites that you know for sure are above suspicion can be moved to the Trusted Zone in Internet Option/security.
So why is activex so dangerous that you have to increase the security for it?
When your browser runs an activex control, it is running an executable program. It's no different from doubleclicking an exe file on your hard drive.
Would you run just any random file downloaded off a web site without knowing what it is and what it does?
And some more advice:
4) Install Javacool's SpywareBlaster.
SpywareBlaster
SpywareBlaster will protect you from all spy/foistware in it's database by blocking installation of their ActiveX objects. Download and install, download the latest updates, and you'll see a list of all spyware programs covered by the program (NOTE: this is NOT spyware found on your computer)
Press "select all", then "kill all checked", and you're done.
The spyware that you told Spywareblaster to set the "kill bit" for won't be a hazard to you any longer.
Although it won't protect you from every form of spyware known to man, it is a very potent extra layer of protection.
Don't forget to check for updates every week or so. Let's also not forget that SpyBot Search and Destroy has the Immunize feature which works roughly the same way. It can't hurt to use both.
The Download for Spybot Search and Destroy
5) Another brilliant program by Javacool we recommend is SpywareGuard.
It provides a degree of real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster's protection method.
SpywareGuard
An anti-virus program scans files before you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected - SpywareGuard does the same thing, but for spyware! And you can easily have an anti-virus program running alongside SpywareGuard.
It now also features Download Protection and Browser Hijacking Protection!
6) IE-SPYAD puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone, so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.
IE-SPYAD
Finally, after following up on all these recommendations, why not run
Jason Levine's Browser Security Tests.[
They will provide you with an insight on how vulnerable you might still be to a number of common exploits
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So how do you figure out all this mumbo jumbo? Of antispyware.
Make sure you have a good anti virus program and a fire wall and at least one of these two. Update them frequently.
I've found a good antispyware program is
etrust pest patrol.
They have a free 30 day trial and then its 9.99 to purchase it afterwards.
It picked out 7 of the evil 8. Microsofts takeover of giant ranked lower it picked out 6 of the 8 and it is another free recommended download.
The most persistent threats
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What is spyware?
Published: May 1, 2005 by Microsoft
Spyware is a general term used for software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent. You might have spyware or other unwanted software on your computer if:
? You see pop-up advertisements even when you're not on the Web.
? The page your Web browser first opens to (your home page) or your browser search settings have changed without your knowledge.
? You notice a new toolbar in your browser that you didn't want, and find it difficult to get rid of.
? Your computer takes longer than usual to complete certain tasks.
? You experience a sudden rise in computer crashes.
Spyware is often associated with software that displays advertisements (called adware) or software that tracks personal or sensitive information. That does not mean all software which provides ads or tracks your online activities is bad. For example, you might sign up for a free music service, but "pay" for the service by agreeing to receive targeted ads. If you understand the terms and agree to them, you may have decided that it is a fair tradeoff. You might also agree to let the company track your online activities to determine which ads to show you.
Other kinds of unwanted software will make changes to your computer that can be annoying and can cause your computer slow down or crash. These programs have the ability to change your Web browser's home page or search page, or add additional components to your browser you don't need or want. These programs also make it very difficult for you to change your settings back to the way you originally had them. These types of unwanted programs are also often called spyware.
The key in all cases is whether or not you (or someone who uses your computer) understand what the software will do and have agreed to install the software on your computer.
There are a number of ways spyware or other unwanted software can get on your system. A common trick is to covertly install the software during the installation of other software you want such as a music or video file sharing program. Whenever you are installing something on your computer, make sure you carefully read all disclosures, including the license agreement and privacy statement. Sometimes the inclusion of unwanted software in a given software installation is documented, but it may appear at the end of a license agreement or privacy statement.
If your computer starts to behave strangely or displays any of the symptoms listed below, you may have spyware or other unwanted software installed on your computer.
? I see pop-up advertisements all the time. Some unwanted software will bombard you with pop-up ads that aren't related to a particular Web site you're visiting. These ads are often for adult or other Web sites you may find objectionable. If you see pop-up ads as soon as you turn on your computer or when you're not even browsing the Web, you may have spyware or other unwanted software on your computer.
? My settings have changed and I can't change them back to the way they were. Some unwanted software has the ability to change your home page or search page settings. This means that the page that opens first when you start your Internet browser or the page that appears when you select "search" may be pages that you do not recognize. Even if you know how to adjust these settings, you may find that they revert back every time you restart your computer.
? My Web browser contains additional components that I don't remember downloading. Spyware and other unwanted software can add additional toolbars to your Web browser that you don't want or need. Even if you know how to remove these toolbars, they may return each time you restart your computer.
? My computer seems sluggish. Spyware and other unwanted software are not necessarily designed to be efficient. The resources these programs use to track your activities and deliver advertisements can slow down your computer and errors in the software can make your computer crash. If you notice a sudden increase in the number of times a certain program crashes, or if your computer is slower than normal at performing routine tasks, you may have spyware or other unwanted software on your machine.

If you think your computer is infected with spyware, find out how to get rid of spyware and how you can prevent spyware from getting on your computer.
Many kinds of unwanted software, including spyware, are designed to be difficult to remove. If you try to uninstall this software like any other program, you might find that the program reappears as soon as you restart your computer. If you're having trouble uninstalling unwanted software, you may need to download a tool to do the job for you. Several companies offer free and low-cost software that will check your computer for spyware and other unwanted software and help you remove it.

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) include anti-spyware software in their service packages. Check with your ISP to see if they can recommend or provide a tool. If your ISP doesn't offer a removal tool for spyware and other unwanted software, ask people you trust to recommend one, or see the list below for a few well-known tools. Keep in mind that removing unwanted software with these tools may mean you will no longer be able to use a free program that came with the spyware.

To remove spyware
1. Download the new Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) or another spyware removal tool.
2. Run the tool to scan your computer for spyware and other unwanted software.
3. Review the files discovered by the tool for spyware and other unwanted software.
4. Select suspicious files for removal by following the tool's instructions.
Spyware and other unwanted software can invade your privacy, bombard you with pop-up windows, slow down your computer, and even make your computer crash. Here are several ways you can help protect your computer against spyware and other unwanted software.

How to prevent spyware
Step 1: Update your software
If you use Windows XP, one way to help prevent spyware and other unwanted software is to make sure all your software is updated. First, visit Microsoft Update to confirm that you have Automatic Updates turned on and that you've downloaded all the latest critical and security updates.
Step 2: Adjust Internet Explorer security settings
You can adjust your Internet Explorer Web browser's security settings to determine how much?or how little?information you are willing to accept from a Web site. Microsoft recommends that you set the security settings for the Internet zone to Medium or higher.
To view your current Internet Explorer security settings:
1. In Internet Explorer, click Tools and then click Internet Options.
2. Select the Security tab.
For a step-by-step guide to adjusting your settings without blocking content from sites that you trust, see Working with Internet Explorer 6 Security Settings
If you're running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and you use Internet Explorer to browse the Web, your browser security settings for the Internet zone are already set to Medium by default. Internet Explorer in Windows XP SP2 also includes a number of features to help protect against spyware and many other kinds of deceptive or unwanted software.
Tip: Don't know which version of Windows your computer is running? .Find out
Step 3: Use a firewall
While most spyware and other unwanted software come bundled with other programs or originate from unscrupulous Web sites, a small amount of spyware can actually be placed on your computer remotely by hackers. Installing a firewall or using the firewall that's built into Windows XP provides a helpful defense against these hackers. To learn more about firewalls, read Why you should use a computer firewall and get answers to your Frequently asked questions about firewalls.
Step 4: Surf and download more safely
The best defense against spyware and other unwanted software is not to download it in the first place. Here are a few helpful tips that can protect you from downloading software you don't want:
? Only download programs from Web sites you trust. If you're not sure whether to trust a program you are considering downloading, ask a knowledgeable friend or enter the name of the program into your favorite search engine to see if anyone else has reported that it contains spyware.
? Read all security warnings, license agreements, and privacy statements associated with any software you download.
? Never click "agree" or "OK" to close a window. Instead, click the red "x" in the corner of the window or press the Alt + F4 buttons on your keyboard to close a window.
? Be wary of popular "free" music and movie file-sharing programs, and be sure you clearly understand all of the software packaged with those programs.
Step 5: Download and install anti-spyware protection
Microsoft currently offers anti-spyware beta software for download; more information is available on the Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) site.
Additional security tools to help block, detect, and remove unwanted software from your computer are available on Microsofts Security Downloads resources page.
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This is a good resource for anyone who is new (and not) to security for answers to your basic questions.....

http://www.sans.org/resources/popular.php

My thoughts and practices on security programs and process, by sumdumguy.

AKA THCHOG
Government security.ofg

If you simply wish to load a program and let it keep you safe, this should point you to some very good options. None of which will keep you safe with relying only on the program, but safe enough for anyone that does not frequent hacker/porn sites and material. Most people will know or laugh at my minimal ?knowledge? but may find a pretty good,and detailed comparison of programs with lists of helpful links to where I gathered the data and or programs. I think it would be really cool to list below each program how many have successfully cracked them by program. 2 reasons, 1 seems scary to depend on people who crack security to supply your security, AND not that those that can bypass it don't obviously know the subject very well but the company's people are paying to protect them from hackers can't, and if someone can tweak a program to fool itself one way can obviously tweak it in other ways the downloader is unaware of. 2 I am rather good at getting any program I have ever wanted rather easily, yet my highest failure rate by category would be AV programs or anti-Trojan tools, like TDS-3. Also if people will come and list Trojans and packers or virus that ARE NOT identified by certain programs based on real life experience, well that would be very interesting too?. If anyone lists programs not detected or even are detected by experience I will add them up and compile a list to post later for quick ref, though this may be meaningless as fast as things jump on and fall off that list. Luckily most of these programs consistently leave holes so I?ll be more than happy to compile the data.

Below is a chart I put together with data from Virus Bulletin and there 100% in the wild AV vendor competitions, here is some info on the validity of them and the competition:
Virus Bulletin started in 1989 as a magazine dedicated to providing PC users with a regular source of intelligence about computer viruses, their prevention, detection and removal, and how to recover programs and data following an attack.
Virus Bulletin quickly became the leading specialist publication in the field of viruses and related malware.
Editorial independence has always been VB's prime concern. From the very first issue, VB has cut through AV hype and remained uninfluenced by sales pitches and marketing babble. The aim of the magazine is to arm users with all the information they need to stay current with the latest developments in the anti-virus field.
The inaugural Virus Bulletin conference took place in 1991, its objectives were to present factual information about computer viruses, to demonstrate defensive procedures, to discuss probable future virus developments and countermeasures and to attempt to harmonise research efforts.
The objectives of the VB conference remain unchanged today and it has become a major highlight of the anti-virus calendar, with many of its regular attendees citing it as the anti-virus event of the year.
The VB conference provides a focus for the AV industry, representing an opportunity for experts in the anti-virus arena to share their research interests, discuss methods and technologies and set new standards, as well as meet with - and learn from - those who put their technologies into practice in the real world. Delegates range from dedicated AV researchers to security experts from military organizations and large corporations worldwide.

Worst to best from Top to bottom (meaning line 1 is the Worst of the 10 by the statistics used)

Tries Pass Fail NoShow %Fail Vendor
30 9 21 12 70% GRISOFT
40 22 18 2 45% MCAFEE
15 9 6 27 40% BIT_DEFENDER
32 20 12 10 38% FSECURE
34 22 12 8 35% E-Trust
37 24 13 5 35% ZONE ALARM
23 15 8 19 35% F_PROT
42 29 13 0 31% KASPERSKY
35 29 6 7 17% SYMANTEC
37 34 3 5 8% ESET

Tries Total 100% in the wild competitions entered
Pass How many times 100% of all virus were found
Fail How many times 100% of all virus were not found or cleaned
NoShow How many times never entered
%Fail The percentage based on failure divided by total they failed
Vendor Software Vendor
Links below:
Links
http://www.grisoft.com
http://www.mcafee.com/
http://www.bitdefender.com/
http://www.fsecure.com
http://www.ca.com/etrust
http://www.vet.com.au/
http://www.f-prot.com
http://www.kaspersky.com/
http://www.symantec.com/
http://www.nod32.com/

The test is a test of unknown or new IN THE WILD virus's and all party's get 3 try's to detect a threat, if not they fail. This is a competition Every major AV competes at and if successful they are considered a superior AV.
All data gathered from https://www.virusbtn.com/ for the above chart.

Here we go

Ah, my first AV, well McAfee CA of course, it came with my 1st computer and a little box popped up with a bunch of bars showing me that I was only 1/5th as secure as I could be and how much to pay for that ?other? protection I have never heard of. I had 9 out of 10 for virus; I must be fine, right, NO. I quickly got infected and quickly lost my data, and in the process learned there is much more than virus protection needed and the importance of preparing for the inevitable with dos disks and recovery practices. Many would disagree with me but I don?t recommend them for anything other than there special virus removal tools for ?sasser, bagle, Zafi, myDoom, lovsan/blaster, klez, and bugbear. You can find them here http://us.mcafee.com/virusinfo/default.asp?id=vrt or http://vil.nai.com/vil/averttools.asp. If you disagree and want to use MacAfee first look through the paper work you have for any ISP or significant hardware/software purchase you have made, if you use your noodle you can keep MacAfee on 3 computers for years without paying a dime that is for Virus protection only what does that tell you. The install is long, and if you sign up for the internet download it can be a hassle when switching the service to new or rebuilt systems. Anyway I will assume anyone reading this is a home user you can currently get 1-3 licenses (1 lic per system) @ $32.00ea per year or $47.00 per 2 years. There firewall is great as long as you do not want to use the internet, and there spy ware is mediocre, to get a suite that suites all your needs (guessing) it cost me once about $85.00 to get virus and firewall and spam for 3 computers. I ended up giving the subscriptions away by putting them on people?s computers I fixed that I did not want to show piracy to. I still told them to switch ASAP. I do like a division of MacAfee http://foundstone.com/ for there abundance of great free tools, though there products are in no way cheap. I recommend only using MacAfee to jump to their page, but I?m a dildo.
Things it does not catch, or stop: any spectorsoft (pro or e-blaster)
successfully cracked and used: Yes

Symantec/Norton: It?s a better and easier to use version of MacAfee. My company uses it and behind firewalls and proxy?s it keeps my system slightly secure. I have noticed at least from a network download to a managed or unmanaged pc every once and a while it just has a line through it and I have to uninstall and reinstall to fix. Many do. I have taken my pc out of the work environment and was quickly infected, often having only the choice to go to Symantec.com and read a bunch of crap and download new programs in my opinion should have already been there, and this is difficult when said infection prevents internet access. Now if you get the Norton suite you get a lot more cool options and choices which I used for quite a while and liked it, but in the end both of my experiences over lengthy use ended with infections that could only be fixed and my opinion prevented correctly by using another (or knowing a lot more about security) AV, but I know 3 IT directors of subsidiaries of AMD, Solectron and Microsoft that all swear by it, though I saw the price break from moving from Mcafee to Symantec and am convinced dollars were the main reason they switched. With good spy ware and frequenting the mother site it will keep you safe. A side note though I have seen entire sites dedicated to only Exploiting Mcafee and Symantec that contained well over 20 for each that were no more than a year or two old. Like MacAfee there specific virus removal tools are excellent you can find them here http://securityresponse.symantec.com...ools.list.html they have a cool site and lots of info, there prices are pretty much the same depending on the recovery tools (which MacAfee does not have) like ?go back? ?ghost? (good prog) and ?partition magic? (good prog) it ranges from $70.00 for virus and firewall/privacy, $80.00 to add spy ware to that, $90 to add password protection and parental control and some other bs to $100.00 with recovery tools.
Things it does not catch, or stop: 007spy, any spectorsoft (pro or e-blaster) win-spy 8.0-8.5
successfully cracked and used: Who has not? Kgens and kgens with crack at diff steps, I have found it?s very easy if you bump into a corporate ftp to find and use an unmanaged copy, if you know the server though leave it managed, they?ll never know.

Trend Micro ? PC Cillin ? I have used Trend many times for many years and they are a solid Av, there firewall is good and they have a mediocre spy ware. You get updates daily and it comes with 3 licenses for about $80.00-$90.00 all with 1 year service. It?s easy to use with lots of options but lack the specialty virus removal tools and library the previous 2 have. Regardless I would use last years trend before MacAfee or Symantec, remember this is just my opinion but I have used all 3 over long periods of time and in this order, so it is quite possible as my knowledge grew I got less infections rather than the software I was using was that much better. Trend is a partner of D-Link, Lynksis, bullion, (server side only hp, IBM, turbo linux, suse, redhat, novell) and have 4 different programs (Server, internet, policy and messaging and email for domino) specially designed for Linux/Redhat/Solaris as others may due to their growing popularity in the corporate world. Http://TrendMicro.com/
Things it does not catch, or stop: I forget
Successfully cracked and used: No and I was pist, tried kgens and crackz always loaded never updated

CA ? e-trust Pest Patrol ? I would rank it with Trend Micro, they probably have the most resources and partners of anyone I have ever seen http://www3.ca.com/Solutions/ProductsAZ.aspx They also have the only PC to Mac compatible program for AV as well as networking and file sharing utilities to help PC and Mac live together like stevie wonder says. Somehow MacAfee, e-trust, and zone alarm use computer associates AV, and seeing there Corporate affiliation many more do as well. IMHO AV is only as good as the tools you use with it and that?s where Pest Patrol comes in, it is one of the best spy ware programs out there; use it systematically with others with good results. And they have a have a great resource on line http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/ It will run you about 70.00 online for their suite containing AV, FW, Anti-Spy (very good) and Anti-Spam for 1 licence, 3 is $125.00.
Things it does not catch, or stop:
Successfully cracked and used: Yes with keygens only. Updates included 1 year. Service.

ESET ? NOD32 ? It does nothing but prevents Virus?s, well nothing much more, but what it does it does well, dam well. If you are an experienced user (nod asks for a more knowledgeable user IMHO) get it. Great and up to date news and specific virus/worm removal tools can be found on their site http://www.nod32.com/home/home.htm . They have 64-bit releases, as well as DOS, Linux, Novell, Lotus Domino, and Keri. In 8 years of Virus Bulletin 100% ?in the wild? awards NOD has won more than any other participant 23 times and is the only company that gas NEVER failed to identify new ITW worms during testing. After further investigation I found they have passed 100 % 37 times failed 3 and not entered 5. Which made me do a comparative analysis (see chart above) that takes all the AV to be mentioned in this Essay and compares its ?TOTAL? results and its latest ?Platform? results. I thought this might be interesting as well as informative as ALL major AV compete here since 1998 more importantly they are an independent AV with no affiliation to the Software Manufacturers. ESET has all the ITW worms found and there tools chronologically listed at the link mentioned before. Rather impressive and I recommend them highly. See also http://www.virusbtn.com/ which I just discovered and enjoyed thoroughly. It will cost you $40.00 for 1 license or $170.00 for 5. They also sell a FW option which uses Kerio Wingate. http://www.eset.com/products/nt.htm
Things it does not catch, or stop: I have yet to find a VIRUS
successfully cracked and used: No and I am pissed, always work never updates and always fails. Update found it at trustworthy site, untested.
Just found one 9-6-05

Zone Alarm Security Suite ? My current and Favorite, For a suite! Not that is is some amazing AV or something but it is good, class with e-trust and MacAfee, but coupled with the firewall, and new versions anti-spy it is a real asssss kicker. This is getting long so here are the features and my thoughts: For an intermediate skilled user, with minimal effort one can stay protected quite easily. Updates often, offers control of not only every program but components of those programs with ease. Quite helpful when you know what is attacking, lock the internet then the program, it will automatically be stopped any time it starts. Anti ? spy I would not depend on seems to work but I use 3-5 others rotating so I doubt they get that far. If you have a d-link ZA is affiliated and offer some cool features when using both on the newer models. Cost $70.00
Things it does not catch, or stop:
Successfully cracked and used: But of Course

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Sorry I will have to continue later if anyone finds the above useful as it is taking a while to write. There is so much more to be said, anti-spy ware and the importance of more than 1 or 2, Trojans, where not to go and what not to open, reverse proxy?s, filesharing and worm protection, but so little time. Please remember the most important thing, NO SOFTWARE WILL FULLY PROTECT YOU. In order to safe you MUST get intimate and have a great understanding of your Services (run-start-services.msc) your registry (start-run-regedit) TCP/IP protocols and port mapping, and Windows Policy Auditing. If you are specifically targeted without this knowledge (and sometimes with) you will have very little chance to stop a determined hacker. Please correct me where wrong or direct me to other resources I am unaware of. Happy Securing.

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List of lists
http://lists.thedatalist.com/


A Very Comprehensive list of links to Spy ware and Virus resources, this list ---'or the links on each page they take you to---should have a link to most everything.

http://www.grc.com/default.htm - Steve Gibson?s site ? spin-rite and shields up among others
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/#description - program that fixes the following errors - Cannot delete file: Access is denied
there has been a sharing violation. The source or destination file may be in use. The file is in use by another program or user.
http://pcpitstop.invisionzone.com/
http://radiosplace.com/ - ssl encrypted DL remove unwanted hijackers/Trojans/viruses from your PC and give you back control of your computer
http://research.pestpatrol.com/
http://securityresponse.symantec.com...stry.keys.html Reset "shellopencommand" registry entries
http://securityresponse.symantec.com...ools.list.html Symantec utilities
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/
http://spywarewarrior.com/asw-features.htm - spy ware feature comparison
http://uk.trendmicro-europe.com Trend Micro (Java; thanks to nellie2!)
http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp
http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/ McAfee Stinger
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ Windows Update (IMPORTANT!)
http://www.avast.com/eng/download/pr...s_cleaner.html Avast Virus Cleanup
http://www.benedelman.org/ - interesting spy ware info concerning corporations and there use and payment of spy ware
http://www.castlecops.com/links.html - great all around resource ? a link to links
http://www.cexx.org/ - counter-exploitation
http://www.diamondcs.com.au/index.php - great tools most cost eventually
http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ - free scan and resources for Parasites, or unsolicited commercial software
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html - use with spy-bot site has 1 or 2 other tools
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/faq/ ad aware
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...s/default.mspx XP SP2 on CD (FREE!)
http://www.netrn.net/spywareblog/ spywarewarriors blog with tones of links to security sites, blogs, and forums.
http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/utilities/ Panda utilities
http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/ PC Pit stop antivirus
http://www.pcpitstop.com/freescan/ McAfee Freescan antivirus
http://www.pcpitstop.com/gator/
http://www.pcpitstop.com/spycheck/ PC Pit stop spy ware check
http://www.pestscan.com/ Pest Patrol spy ware check
http://www.spybot.info/en/faq/index.html
http://www.spybot.info/en/tutorial/index.html
http://www.spywareguide.com/
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/bugoff.zip
http://www.spywareinfo.com/links.php?cat=ps#ps
http://www.wilders.org/ - great site, tons of references and resources to av-sw
https://www.virusbtn.com/ needs registration I highly recommend it.
www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php - well its free, and better than nothing, I did not get the great results I read about though, but I?m a dildo
www.housecall.trendmicro.com
www.safer-networking.org/index.php
www.spywareinfo.com
www.winpatrol.com - A MUST HAVE, PLUS VERSION IS PRICELESS BUT 25 BUCKS GETS YOU LIFETIME USAGE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
www.zonelabs.com - I use and like the security suite though I must tell you your going to need more than a suite and 50 bucks to stay secure.
http://www.bluekestrel.com/links.htm *new* link to links
http://www.trendmicro.com/en/securit...iew/scg-xp.htm - safe computing for XP

http://web.archive.org/web/200411240...service411.htm - this is from the way back machine as the site is currently down - THIS IS A MUST HAVE if you have a need or desire to know what services are running on your machine, and what they do. Quite often you can identify bad things this way - Please read secure your pc 101 for a better understanding of the importance of knowing such things.

https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/soft6.htm - one of the more complete lists of anti anything....

Avoid These Products-products listed on page the following link takes you, not the links below: http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm


Two other great sites I will try to touch on later but no reason you have to wait on me, first is prevyx a great firewall and registry monitor, hope you like pop-up authorization boxes ;-0 ? second is r-tt tools drive wiper, data encryption or better yet data policy setting, firewall and anti-virus, never uses av but the others work well. Don?t mess with r-guard unless you understand policy?s and keep good records or memory of your pass, I still can?t access data I locked last year, but I?m a dildo?.
http://www.r-tt.com/
https://www.prevx.com/homeoffice/pre.../prevxhome.htm
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/09/03/prevx_home/
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showt...7&page=1&pp=25
http://dast.nlanr.net/NPMT/

http://www3.sympatico.ca/gtopala/

Here is another link that I found useful when learning my computers Services its a slightly tweaked mirror of Black Viper's Services Configuration which has been down quite a while and explains services in depth.

http://www.dead-eye.net/WinXP%20Services.htm



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Okay I have been trying some new product and would like to report my meaningless, uneducated but possibly useful thoughts on them. Remember kids opinions are like asssholes, everyone has one and most of them stink! Have a whiff?.

Name : eTrust Pest Patrol by Computer Associates version 5.0.0.0
SDK Version 5.6.7.4
PPFILE.dat,PPINFO.dat,PPLOC.dat as of 9/29/2005
My Opinion: This program since I have loaded it has found something all my other ones missed at least 10 times, and not little something?s, I?m talking a password stealer in the uninstall of a cracked program I had registry mechanic from ?WHEREDOWN? avoid, a key logger someone slipped in the help files of Adobe Go live amidst 7 total cd?s and 4.2 gig of other goodies, a 7 disc 4.2 g download from btjunkies via torrent, just clean it the suite is worth the attempt to key log you. And a few others that were no less important. Though I do not like most of what this program has to offer the most important thing it does I like and that?s backup my obviously other weak programs.
Pro?s and features: Catches inactive threats and many most miss, great resources at mother site. What it caught last run that MS Beta, CWShredder, Ad-Aware 6, spybot, and ewido all missed:
Contraband 9g ? found on old boot drive now secondary in 4 areas
Friends Greeting ? same as above only 2 areas though
Password finder ? in cracked version of Extreme Movie Manager from Wheredown ? found on my active directory, oops!! It says within the NFO, someone school me on this as I am more naive than once believed?
Spy anywhere and zango search assistant inside the crack for SpyCleanerPro from ttdown - Old boot 3 program files
Con?s: Your Options, they are in their entirety and quite weak:
Active protection which you can choose to delete pests in memory, delete cookies, and start protection at boot.
Update ? yes or no or schedule
Participation in some bullish ? yes or no
Sounds ? yes or no
Exclude files
Quite dull, quite slow, and it updates the license to the server like almost every use, I am still forced to recommend it though because there are very few programs I have used that have the success and consistency PP has over the past 2 years I?ve used it off and on.

Name -WebRoots Spy Sweeper 4.0Stop reading and go get it, hands down the best AS I have ever used, it has more features than TDS-3 ok but close, and always finds what the others miss. I have never paid so I always have to part ways as it is a difficult program to keep fully updated without paying (try them all I did they all work and all fail within a month or upon major updates) Truly is a program I would I mean will pay for??.someday.
Pros ? features too many to list at the least use the shareware and see for yourself. Multiple processes have to run to clean all of system, a lot to configure. Absolutely is a spy ware bully, cry spy ware cry, wha, wha, you?ll shoot your eye out.
Cons ? Takes a lot of resources to run, updates license like PP does, is slow. Multiple processes have to run to clean all of system, a lot to configure. Yeah I put it twice so what, depends on your level for where this falls.

Briefly Names -Ad Aware 6 and SpyBot 1.4:
They are the Barber Shop with the candy cane pole out front, old, slow, miss spots, talk too much and take to long. Still the first things I put on a new system though, I ain?t getting my haircut at no f*cking salon for 38.50 as long as my barber does at least ? the good job at 1/8th the price in a place that feels much more like home. Bottom line though these 2 alone will no longer in any way keep you protected against anymore than 70% of threats unless used ritually at the highest configurations, add-ons, and skill sets.

Name - Sunbelt Counterspy previously Giant software and originators of MS Beta
Counterspy ? it?s the same mother company as MS Beta was, it?s the continuation of MS Beta, or the good brother and its better, very few things look and feel different, but CS just works better, it really is a great tool and I recommend it, it get updated much more often than MS beta and that probably adds to its better success. It does however cost?..some.
Pros ? has all the cool features and usefulness of MS beta, but works like you wish it did
Cons ? very slow maneuvering threw the configs, costs and MS beta does not still one or the other is a good idea to use.

4 tools that are a must have when you lose control and are catching a virtual beat down and outnumbered:
Name-Diamond CS Process Guard ? You will hate this program, learn to love and master it and you shant have nothing less than total control again.
From attacks by other processes, including viruses, Trojans, worms and all forms of spy ware. DID YOU KNOW that your antivirus and firewall programs are useless if they've been terminated by a Trojan? Process Guard stops these attacks and alerts you, telling you exactly which programs are trying to attack others. Powerful kernel-mode spy ware protection that's easy to use for both novice and advanced users. Process Guard will even stop root kits from installing.

Name: Worm guard ? want to always know what other all the extensions that will launch after that second click?..WORMGUARD I love it when I get a zip it pops up this file says it is a .zip but at the end of execution it really is a .exe or .xls, or.doc, then you can search the entire file in a safe environment to see all the hidden program or file names without executing. Now feel better, them run it and its that easy, find something bad, rename it and reply back to the source!
Worm Guard is an advanced anti worm system for Windows. It's one of the easiest anti worm programs available to use, yet also one of the most powerful - Worm Guard uses new deep-scanning generic detection technology to detect and block worms using its smart analysis engine, which actually allows it to identify and stop worms with no prior knowledge of them. Stop worm viruses now with Worm guard, the perfect companion for your anti virus scanner! Worm guard was designed to help protect against outbreaks of super-propagating computer worms. These worms have proven that traditional anti virus scanning techniques (scanning for known worms) are useless against new worms that spread around the globe faster than you can update your anti virus software. Often thousands of computers are already infected before the first updates are available to protect anti virus users. This is where Worm Guard comes in - Worm Guard uses generic, heuristic detection of worms which means it finds out what the worm actually does and gives you an alert if it is something possibly harmful. The user can then analyze the output from Worm Guard to determine if the file is safe to run. It's a good idea to update your anti virus and scan the suspicious file as well.

Name - R-TT Tools R-Guard ? gives you the equivalent control of Windows Policy?s but easier, more powerful and from a drive down to a file. I would highly recommend being of admin type level if using this, and I do not mean just logging on as the admin to your machine, I mean understanding and coherent in windows policy. I really dig this and for that matter ALL R-TT Tools. They are different, in a good way, I started testing their stuff about a year ago and am still impressed, they do not mind raping your wallet though and they are not too popular yet so cracks are far and few between....
Offer Total control over file/folder operations at the user and application level;
Login monitor traces user activity: user login, logoff, etc from the local computer and network;
Two types of access control: user-specific and process-specific access rights;
File isolation. R-Guard administrator can completely isolate any file from any process;
True file/folder hidden attribute to make the file/folder inaccessible for any Windows program, unlike the Dos and Windows HIDDEN attribute;
File access blocking (Read\Write\Rename\Delete);
Ability to block the start of any executable file (EXE DLL COM BAT HTML XML JS CLASS, 32/16 bit applications, Win32, Win16, Dos, DPMI);
File system-independent extended attributes stored in a distributed database (UNIX-stile data security architecture). This allows the user to set extended attributes on removable network media;
File wiping to prevent unauthorized data recovery. Upon deleting, a file will be automatically wiped without further chance to recover deleted file. No need to wipe files manually;
Unauthorized file modification protection (CRC-128). If a file is modified by a user, R-Guard will block access to it until R-Guard administrator finds the reason and source for that modification using the R-Guard audit system.
True-On-The-Fly-Encryption (TOTFE) allows the user to enter its password only once at windows logon;
Guarantee that a decrypted file will never appear in Windows swap files;
Strong Encryption. R-Guard uses an industry standard AES encryption algorithm with 256-bit key in the Cipher Block Chaining mode;
Secure encryption key generation. The R-Guard Data Encryption System uses a complex randomized block key and variable-length key generated from the user password (MD5 algorithm);
Secure files transferring. Files from the remote storage are transferred in the encrypted form and decrypted only on the host.

Name: BILLP Studios Win Patrol 9.7.4.0 Don't act like you know act like you knew, Scotty a pimp. WP this is one of my favorite programs by far, from there policies $25 lifetime, frequent updates, ridiculous options and mystery file definitions. Even the free version is better than any other free AS I?ve used. Especially for those that like to know and control everything that runs on there system.
Pros-Notifies you of any change to anything, logs it all, immediate access to all services and process running or not on your system you can add comments to them and change or stop them even while active. Really gives you control without controlling you, access and locking of your cookies and hosts file.
Cons ? that spy ware makers and there so called enemies our defenders (anti-*Spy*) make millions in there war that will become the same as the drug war, pointless and endless, There should be some kind of regulation, if all company?s only made you pay 1 fee for all updates for life how much better do you think our AV?s and AS?s would be, I bet they would somehow do there F*cking job all the sudden wouldn?t they. I would be quite surprised if the anti-virus/spy and the pro-virus/spy are not 1 and the same ? the time. They are the oil industry of the cyber world and they will never (even if it was possible) provide a final revision or a lifetime subscription because they would lose millions. Just think how many companies would not even exist, if not for spy ware and viruses. I mean so many of these yahoo?s write this crap to spite MS, B. Gates, GW F*ckstick or Corporate America when in reality it does nothing but fuel peoples fears and fill all 4 of the 4?s pocket books. I laugh at anyone who has attacked MS and caused huge loss?s because in economy like anywhere else sh*t rolls downhill, trickle down economy, so who?d it really cost. How many security company's just overnight became 2, 2 different products, prices and supposed function. I am no expert but I would like to know how different is AV and AS (anti-spyware) code? Was MacAfee, sim, trend and all the others forced to write AS outside the AV for legitimate reasons or was it so it needed a separate box and price tag? How many new company were born and partnered with MS all due to someone trying to show people how weak and vulnerable they are. Seems it only made them stronger and safer. Let me guess, "but there losing market share because of there flaws and exploits" NO they lost market share because they lost lawsuits, as of last time I checked they still are used by over 90% of the business world. I?m willing to bet that every major threat has generated more income for these guys than any marketing strategy could dream. I?m sure they appreciate people pointing out how bad their current product are so they can ?save the day? with the new and improved raping of my wallet to replace what I already have. Sorry for dennis miller moment, certainly there are reasons and probably good ones for these actions, but bottom line is I doubt it worried any of those 4 entities any more than a wet fart would?.
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Do not open files attached to any e-mail whose subject line is questionable.
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Some may even appear that they are coming from stripers247.com

We will never send an attachment in an email. PERIOD!!!!
If you ever receive an email from [email protected] with an attachment dont open it. Delete it from your computer.

Common practices are statements saying that you must reply or your account would be dropped.
Its called phishing.
As with any email you should never open an attachment unless it is virus checked or you know who it is coming from and are absolutely sure it has been virus checked. These bogus emails claim they have been checked by Nortons antivirus.

Make sure you have a good virus checker on your computer and keep it updated. These viruses are trojans and can slip keyword loggers into your systems. If you have a firewall and you dont open attachments you can keep your computer relatively spyware and virus free.
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WEBSENSE SECURITY TRENDS FOR 2006
1. Declining antivirus signiture detection
2. The number of unique malicious code applications designed to steal passwords increased 86.8% from July to December 2006.
3. The U.S. still hosts more than half all phishing-based keylogger and Trojan downloaders.
4. 2006 saw a 100% increase in sites designed to install keyloggers trojan droppers and hosting for comprimised information.
5. The web attacker toolkit available on Russian website, enables even the most neophyte computer user to easily install exploit code on their websites. When a user visits an infected site, a trojan horse is downloaded and run.. It can log keystrokes, download additional code, or open backdoors on the users machine. It includes exploits for a number of different browsers including explorer and Mozillas firefox.

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