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    Default Recurring spyware - atdmt

    Spyware keeps reappearing on my system, such as atdmt.
    What is the best way to keep these things off the computer in the first place?
    I have read articles about using Hosts files, but it seems to me that this zonealarm software should have a way of shielding the computer from these types of spyware.
    What is the best way?

    Operating System:Windows XP Pro
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite
    Software Version:6.5

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    Default Re: Recurring spyware - atdmt

    Hi!you mean tracking cookies? They are absolutely harmless and sometimes needed to correctly browsing to certain sites.You can block them all under ZA Privacy tab --> Set cookie control to high.Or you can block cookies directly from your browser.But, be aware that many sites relying on cookies may not work... so it is not recommended.Cheers,Fax

    Message Edited by fax on 02-15-2007 04:51 AM

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    Default Re: Recurring spyware - atdmt

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWW_cookie

    does explain a little.

    Host files do block bad cookies, and more important they stop access to bad sites. One of the best lists to start with is the MVPS host list. These are good instructions and follow these through. Do not forget to change the OSFirewall setting in the ZA first before adding the host file list.

    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm


    For cookie control in the Internet Explorer....
    In the Internet Exploree, open the Tools and then the Internet Options and then the Privacy tab and select the Advanced button. Check the "Override automactic cookie handling" and then check the accept for the "First-party Cookies" and check the block for the "Third-party Cookies" and check the "Always allow session cookies". This will block those bad cookies and just accept the good ones. If for some reason a flash or certain site interaction does not work, then allow the third-party cookies and clean the browser cache and close the browser and re-open it and try it again. As a general rule, when the browsing is finished, just clean the browser cookies and files and such before closing the browser.

    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/cookies.htm

    Oldsod

    Message Edited by Oldsod on 02-15-2007 07:07 AM
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    Default Re: Recurring spyware - atdmt

    Removal instructions for adtmt spyware and not the cookie kind. The serious kind.

    http://www.spywareremove.com/removeAtdmt.html

    Oldsod
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    Default Re: Recurring spyware - atdmt

    I already have the ZA Privacy tab at high cookie control.
    With respect to the spywareremove.com site, how do I keep atdmt out in the first place?
    The hosts approach?
    You mentioned changing the OSFirewall setting in ZA before adding the host file list.
    Which setting do you mean?
    Thanks very much for your input.


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    Default Re: Recurring spyware - atdmt

    Host list rock! They can be used to block bad cookie sites, spy and trojan sites, CWS and adaware sites and block ads and popups sites. Very handy and this method uses no PC resources what so ever.

    The OSFirewall can put a "lock" on the host file, thus disabling even the user from adding or changing it. This is done by the ZA to stop the usual tactic of malware- it will add it's home site to the host file and thus facilitate easier access to home.

    Host list add the bad sites to the host file, but instead of using their correct address from that server, they use the localhost address of 127.0.0.1 instead. This means when the user or malware attempts to connect to that site, it cannot. It justs calls up the IP of the OS of that particular PC instead.

    Host files can be "locked" manually. Open the Properties and click "read" and apply and OK. File is now locked. To unlock it, open the Properties and unclick the Read and apply and OK.

    Re: cookie control of the ZA. Block the third party cookies. This is the most common source of "spy" and "tracking" cookies. Cookies can be easily removed- just clean the browser's cookie cache before closing the browser when the browsing session is finished. This will remove the cookies. Again, the third party cookies can be easily blocked in the browser, besides the Privacy of the ZA.


    Cookies>

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_cookie

    Spyware>

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware


    Preventing atdmt and other malware and spyware and viruse is simple. It is called Safe Hex.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/...s/pulling.mspx

    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/security.htm

    http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html

    Just for reference and information>

    http://spywarewarrior.com/sww-help.htm

    http://www.markusjansson.net/exp.html

    http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/WIDC.html

    http://spywarewarrior.com/viewtopic.php?t=15281

    http://wiki.castlecops.com/Malware_P...t_Re-infection

    Oldsod

    Message Edited by Oldsod on 02-16-2007 07:49 PM
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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