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Old 8th August 2008, 11:33 AM   #46
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That's because it's a spyware tool, not an antivirus, duh.
And what's your exact definition of each of them genius?

If there were a precise distinction between the two then yes you would have a point. As I've mentioned Vundo is not the only thing to have come up that cannot be removed.

And why flag it, and give you the option to remove it, if it can't remove it?
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Old 8th August 2008, 11:50 AM   #47
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And what's your exact definition of each of them genious?

If there were a precise distinction between the two then yes you would have a point. As I've mentioned Vundo is not the only thing to have come up that cannot be removed.

And why flag it, and give you the option to remove it, if it can't remove it?
You mean genius?

Spybot isn't supposed to be a complete removal tool for every piece of software the bad guys have ever conceived. It's for the removal of spyware, i.e. software which sends data about you to someone else without your consent. The fact that it is able to detect and inform you about other nasties, even if it isn't able to remove them, is commendable, not lamentable. Armed with that information, you can then go find a tool which can take care of it, rather than continue being blissfully unaware.
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Old 8th August 2008, 12:01 PM   #48
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You mean genius?
You got me there for not checking my post : )
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Spybot isn't supposed to be a complete removal tool for every piece of software the bad guys have ever conceived.
That is why there are engine, rule and list updates to the software so it can pickup what is new.
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The fact that it is able to detect and inform you about other nasties, even if it isn't able to remove them, is commendable, not lamentable. Armed with that information, you can then go find a tool which can take care of it, rather than continue being blissfully unaware.
(a) People should be running AV software anyways that picks up the nasties, so there should be no need to find another tool, (b) it creates the falsehood that SpyBot will remove these sorts of things when they are identified, then regrettably we get the questions "I've run spybot and it won't get rid of nasties, anything else to try?". How is a user supposed to know what is a virus which cannot be removed by spybot and what is simply spyware that can? They don't because the program doesn't differentiate and doesn't inform them. Perhaps if it's not on its list of spyware then it should alert you some other way. Which gets back to my point, sometimes there can be very little difference between spyware and virus's.
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Old 8th August 2008, 2:25 PM   #49
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As I've mentioned Vundo is not the only thing to have come up that cannot be removed.
I've removed Vundo several times now... just yesterday was the latest

My ultimate list would be:
Vmware Server (for running linux to get more tools)
Cain and Abel - network sniffer, password recovery
Wireshark - packet sniffer
Putty - Telnet, SSH
Paint.net - awesome image app
Filezilla - for FTP needs
Google Desktop - for wading through thousands of emails
iTunes - keeps me sane
Firefox - IEtab, firebug <- essentials
Notepad - simple. awesome.
Procexplorer - good for finding nasty stuff, working out what is going haywire
PStools pack - if you don't know what it is, dont bother
UltraVNC - best vnc app out there
Combofix - seems to do the job well
Hijackthis!

Probably other stuff that I don't think about, but can't think of it right now
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Old 15th August 2008, 12:06 PM   #50
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Have been a member of MajorGeeks for a long time and here is a summary of their best freeware software:

Must have FREE downloads

Arguably the most important link I have found to date is by Fred Langa for "rebuilding" the OS without loss of data or settings (has saved my bacon on at least 4 occasions, but you will have to do all updates again):

http://www.informationweek.com/news/...leID=189400897

DONT reinstall Windows but rebuild it the right way. I haven't had the chance of using it on a Vista platform yet and are very curious to note if it works.
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Old 22nd October 2008, 8:03 PM   #52
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Guess it's my turn to post a link. My tool is an online dns propagation check that allows you to instantly check domain name propagation on a bunch of name servers all around the world. A few people here on OCAU have mentioned they've found it useful so I figure it qualifies to be in this section.

http://www.whatsmydns.net
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I think we need a list of imaging tools.....the question seems to be coming up more and more.....and start referring people to the sticky.
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good program for windows. System information for windows(SIW). has temps, sensors and lots more info about your computer

http://www.gtopala.com/
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Old 19th January 2010, 9:51 PM   #55
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good program for windows. System information for windows(SIW). has temps, sensors and lots more info about your computer

http://www.gtopala.com/
Personally I think:

EVEREST Free Edition 2.20 , and

Belarc Advisor 8.1.8.4

Would run circles around that app and there FREE.
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Old 19th December 2010, 8:31 AM   #56
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Spyware removal tools

spychecker.com various spyware detection and removal tools

spybot one of the best spyware removal tools currently available

ad-aware another one of the best spyware removal tools

hijack this and CWshredder browser hijack removers

alan.techconnect huge list of spyware removal tools, including some already listed above.
Malwarebytes not only should be added to that list but be at the top of the list. Spybot is so last decade & Adware is just about useless except for removing harmless cookies.

In fact my list would be:

1. Malwarebytes

2. Autoruns

3. Process Explorer

4. TCPView

5. HijackThis

6. TDSSKiller

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All the above are free & actually work

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Personally I think:

EVEREST Free Edition 2.20 , and

Belarc Advisor 8.1.8.4

Would run circles around that app and they are FREE.
So you didn't check the link?

SIW is FREE.

I have used Belarc & Everest & SIW beats them both hands down. It also does away with MagicJellyBean Keyfinder as it does that as well + it can show all passwords saved on a system.
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So you didn't check the link?

SIW is FREE.

I have used Belarc & Everest & SIW beats them both hands down. It also does away with MagicJellyBean Keyfinder as it does that as well + it can show all passwords saved on a system.
LOL maybe it is now but in Jan 2010 it wasn't and hence the comment. Nice way to revive an old thread.
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LOL maybe it is now but in Jan 2010 it wasn't and hence the comment. Nice way to revive an old thread.
lol

SIW has ALWAYS had a free version & has done so ever since I started using it & recommending it in 2006

http://blog.gtopala.com/search?updat...max-results=17
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I'm more then happy to just grab produkey and everest beta for whenever I need to dick around with unknown drivers and license keys.

As for antimalware etc listed here, yer, its quite an old thread
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