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    tasman Guest

    Default AD-AWARE SE FREE VERSION QUESTION

    I have been useing version 1.0 for a long time and see that it will be discontinued as of 12/31/2007 and was wondering if anyone has used the new ad-aware7 free version and what you think of it ?TASMAN

    Operating System:Windows XP Pro
    Software Version:7.0
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro

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    Default Re: AD-AWARE SE FREE VERSION QUESTION

    Tried the newer version when it came out to see what it was all about.
    Basically it is Vista compatible and it really is the installer/version for the full version. It makes the conversion from free to the paid version effortlessly. The free version is now more of a sales pitch for the paid version. It does have the now usual component running full time (updater or something or other) I uninstalled it after a few days. I had my look.

    I used to beta test the up and coming ad-aware definitions for lavasoft years ago. Something I haven't done in a long time and it was relatively simple to do.

    Cheers, Oldsod
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    tasman Guest

    Default Re: AD-AWARE SE FREE VERSION QUESTION

    Thanks Oldsod , I have read that the updater runs all the time in the back ground and not to thrilled about that . What is another free software that would be good to use instead of ad-aware se free. I use spybot and ZApro for spyware to scan for spyware , is that enough or
    do
    I need more?Tasman

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    Default Re: AD-AWARE SE FREE VERSION QUESTION

    <blockquote><hr>tasman wrote:
    Thanks Oldsod , I have read that the updater runs all the time in the back ground and not to thrilled about that . What is another free software that would be good to use instead of ad-aware se free. I use spybot and ZApro for spyware to scan for spyware , is that enough or
    do
    I need more?Tasman
    <hr></blockquote>


    The ZA Pro with it's filtering of web sites and control of the actixeX installation should provide a risk free web experience for you. You probably have been busy locking down the Internet Explorer. That does help a lot. The SpyBot, although getting dated and is limited, is still useful to some degree. I do not need or use antispyware, so my suggestions are from past experience.

    I seldom use the IE and use instead mainly the Opera browser (if I just could move the one toolbar, it would look exactly the same as the IE, it now looks almost the identical).

    The biggest risk for the IE is from the javascripts, iframes and the driveby spyware (self installs). To a lessor degree, activeX, bad java files, malicious flash, malicious banners and some odd bad cookies. Locking down the IE and using the Privacy of the ZA should help prevent these problems.
    I use proxy software on the desktop to filter the web- scripts, cookies, filtering by sites url or wildcards or strings, ad dimensions, banners, flash, popups, referer, browser user agent and a few others are controlled. Plus it includes the spam assassin list and agnis site list. But I use the ZA AntiSpy instead of the ZA Pro.

    I suppose the Bug Off would be handy (it helps prevent CWS infections). Just install, run it and it is never seen again till you open it once again.

    It used to be CWShredder was once good, but it is very out of date.
    It probably is now more of a sales pitch tool.

    Another is Socket Lock from grc.com (not just for the browser it is for the entire OS).

    I suppose something like a host file to block some bad sites or IE SpyADS would be useful.

    Another good to use on demand scanner is the freeware Superantispyware. It does have a more configurable setup- the usual running updater componenet can be disabled, making it neccessary to do manual updating. But it does find troyans and the usual spyware.

    LSP Fix or inspecting the LSP stack is a good routine/security checkup. Making sure no troyans are snuck in is good to know.

    Still the strongest defense is the Limited User Account. No spyware infections or operating system changes can occur during the time of the limited user account. Best used for surfing in the IE or risky activity. It is free, uses no resources and always works.
    Sometimes the simplest approach is the best and just using a general security policy is better than loading the PC with tons of security software.

    An example of simple is the urlfiler.ini in the Opera. I use several .ini, each one specific for different kinds of web surfing and usages. But just adding something simple like this will help secure the browser:
    ; under the exclude I add the following to the high risk filter .ini which
    ; has a long list of wildcards. The list has provisions for possible bad scripts
    ; and executible or security risk file extensions and some
    ; MIME type objects. Yes it kills the good ones too, but for
    ; surfing bad sites, this does work.
    ; Oldsod


    Opera Preferences version 2.1
    ; Do not edit this file while Opera is running
    ; This file is stored in UTF-8 encoding

    [prefs]
    prioritize excludelist=1

    [include]
    *

    [exclude]
    *ad.*.js.*
    *.ad.*.js*
    *.ad.*.js.*
    *.ads.*.js*
    *.ads.*.js.*
    *banner,*.js
    *.banner.*.js
    *.banner.*.js.*
    *.cgi.*.js
    *.cgi.*.js.*
    *.cgi.counter.*
    *.cgi.js.*
    *.cgicounter.*
    *.css.*.js
    *.css.*.js.*
    *favicon*
    *.favicon*
    *.favicon.*
    *.favicon.*,js.*
    *gif.*.js*
    *.gif,js.*
    *.gif.js*
    *iframe*
    *.iframe*
    *.iframe.*
    *.iframe.*.js
    *.iframe.*.js.*
    *.jpeg.*.js.*
    *.jpep.js*
    *.js.*.css*
    *.js.*.css.*
    *mIRC.*
    *pIRC.*
    *slider.*.js*
    *.slider.*
    *.slider.*.js*
    *.slider.js.*
    *.swf*
    *.swf.*.js*
    *.swf.*.js.*
    *.swf.*.exe*
    *.$00
    *.$01
    *.000
    *.323
    *.386
    *.669
    *.ADB
    *.ADE
    *.ADP
    *.ADR
    *.ADT
    *.ANI
    *.ANX
    *.APP
    *.ARJ
    *.ASF
    *.ASX
    *.ATL
    *.AXA
    *.AXV
    *.BAS
    *.BAT
    *.BIN
    *.BIOS
    *.BMP
    *.BZ2
    *.CAB
    *.CAD
    *.CBT
    *.CHM
    *.CIP
    *.CLA
    *.CLASS
    *.CMD
    *.CODEC
    *.CODEC*
    *.COMM
    *.CPL
    *.CRT
    *.CSC
    *.CSF
    *.CSV
    *.CUR
    *.DAT
    *.DBX
    *.DEB
    *.DHTM
    *.DIB
    *.DLL
    *.DMG
    *.DMP
    *.DOC
    *.DOS
    *.DOT
    *.DRV
    *.ELF
    *.EML
    *.ESH
    *.EX_
    *.EXE
    *.FLAC
    *.FON
    *.FSG
    *.GEN
    *.GZ
    *.GZIP
    *.HLP
    *.HPP
    *.HTA
    *.ICO
    *.IDE
    *.IN$
    *.INF
    *.INI
    *.INS
    *.IRC
    *.ISP
    *.JAR
    *.JAV
    *.JAVA
    *.JMH
    *.JMK
    *.JNK
    *.JSD
    *.JSE
    *.JSF
    *.LBR
    *.LHA
    *.LIB
    *.LNK
    *.LZH
    *.MDA
    *.MDB
    *.MDE
    *.MDZ
    *.MEM
    *.MHT
    *.MSC
    *.MSG
    *.MSH
    *.MSI
    *.MSP
    *.MST
    *.NAY
    *.NCH
    *.NETBIOS
    *.NWS
    *.OBJ
    *.OBS
    *.OCX
    *.ODS
    *.OFT
    *.OGA
    *.OGG
    *.OGV
    *.OGX
    *.OLE
    *.OPD
    *.OV
    *.OVL
    *.PACK200-GZIP
    *.PCD
    *.PGM
    *.PIF
    *.POC
    *.POT
    *.PPA
    *.PPT
    *.PRC
    *.PRF
    *.RAR
    *.RBI
    *.RDB
    *.REG
    *.RTF
    *.SCF
    *.SCR
    *.SCT
    *.SFX
    *.SHA
    *.SHB
    *.SHS
    *.SHS.*
    *.SMM
    *.SMS
    *.SPX
    *.STM
    *.SWP
    *.SYS
    *.TAR
    *.TBB
    *.TLB
    *.TNEF
    *.UIN
    *.ULS
    *.VB
    *.VBE
    *.VBR
    *.VBS
    *.VBS.*
    *.VBX
    *.VBZ
    *.VSC
    *.VTX
    *.VXD
    *.W16
    *.W32
    *.WAB
    *.WA~
    *.WBF
    *.WBK
    *.WDM
    *.WIX
    *.WMD
    *.WMS
    *.WNT
    *.WSC
    *.WSF
    *.WSH
    *.XL
    *.XLA
    *.XLS
    *.XLT
    *.XPI
    *.XSPF
    *.XTP
    *.XUL
    *.ZIP
    *.ZOO
    *.ZZE

    ; Maybe the list needs work, but it is a work in progress. I am still working on this list.

    Best regards, Oldsod

    Message Edited by Oldsod on 12-05-2007 02:48 PM
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    tasman Guest

    Default Re: AD-AWARE SE FREE VERSION QUESTION

    Oldsod, Thanks for the help and information it was very helpfulTasman

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    Tasman. I am curious how the IE is locked down and what you decide upon for security.
    Oldsod
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    tasman Guest

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    Oldsod, I'm running IE7 and under the security tab my setting are:
    Internet set to medium (default)Iocal Intranet set to medium-high (default)Trusted site
    set to lowRestricted
    sites set to high
    Under privacy tab I have pop up blocker on and Privacy setting set to medium

    I know a lot of people don't like IE but I have been using it for a long time and have never had a problem with
    it. I do a lot of surfing and can't remember the last time I got a pop up or any thing that would cause me a problem. I also run the most current version of ZA Pro
    , which is running great !!!
    have a great dayTasman

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    That is good to hear.

    I seldom use the IE (just for microsoft.com), but I have the usual needed sites in the trusted and my IE settimng are all set a notch higher.
    In the Advanced, the internet explorer browser can be really locked down, but it then makes the needed sites inoperable.
    I did try the IE Pro addon for the Internet Explorer. It does have ad blocking with possiblities for blocking by wildcards and strings. Something to see when it comes out of beta.

    Tasman, your using the IE for years and not getting infected means you know what you are doing- and a very good job at that.

    Cheers, Oldsod
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    Hi tasman, if you are still looking for a good free scanner try SUPERAntiSpyware .



    <a href="http://www.superantispyware.com/" target=_blank>http://www.superantispyware.com/</a target=_blank>

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    tasman Guest

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    Thanks Greb49er, I'll give it tryTasman

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