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Thread: Spyware scan versus spyware shield? Also, why is reboot necessary after virus scan?

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    morey Guest

    Default Spyware scan versus spyware shield? Also, why is reboot necessary after virus scan?

    I notice that, when I do a spyware scan with Zone Alarm, about 5 to 10 spy modules are removed each day.
    I do a scan every day.
    However, how come those spyware modules keep coming back?
    Is there some way to strengthen the anti-spyware SHIELD?
    Before using Zone Alarm Suite, I used to use Spysweeper and its shield prevented any new
    spyware modules from getting on my computer.
    Scans used to reveal no new spyware modules.
    Should I disable Zone Alarm Spyware protection and then install Spysweeper instead?
    I do notice that, if I engage Zone Alarm Internet Lock and then do a spyware scan, the 5 to 10 are removed and do NOT recur as long as I leave the Internet Lock enabled.
    I do a virus scan every day with Zone Alarm.
    Usually no virusses are picked up.
    A few months ago some false positives were picked up.
    However, I notice that after I do a virus scan, I have to reboot my PC to prevent keyboard or freeze problems.
    If I do not reboot, occasionally my keyboard keys result in wrong output or my screen will freeze from time to time.
    Is there some way to prevent that problem?

    Operating System:
    Windows XP Home Edition
    Software Version:
    7.0
    Product Name:
    ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite


    Message Edited by morey on 09-30-2007 02:12 PM

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    Default Re: Spyware scan versus spyware shield? Also, why is reboot necessary after virus scan?

    What kind of spyware is removed? Are they tracking cookies?
    My homes are SpywareHammer.com and DonHoover.net and BleepingComputer.com


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    morey Guest

    Default Re: Spyware scan versus spyware shield? Also, why is reboot necessary after virus scan?

    Yes, they appear to all be low risk tracking cookies.

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    Default Re: Spyware scan versus spyware shield? Also, why is reboot necessary after virus scan?

    You get these everyday just browsing the net. If you have the privacy filter turned on, then go to the program list, right click on your browser, and make sure the privacy is turned on. If it is, then chances are you approved the cookies.
    My homes are SpywareHammer.com and DonHoover.net and BleepingComputer.com


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    morey Guest

    Default Re: Spyware scan versus spyware shield? Also, why is reboot necessary after virus scan?

    I do have Privacy turned on for Internet Explorer.
    Under the Privacy Pane I have Cookie Control set to Medium which is supposed to block cookies from tracking sites and allows cookies for personalized services.
    Is it possible that this setting permits these cookies?
    Should I just ignore these cookies and let my daily spyware scan delete them?
    How can I block just these cookies anew and still permit the cookies for personalized services to remain?
    I just went to Privacy-Site List and blocked 3rd party cookies at all sites.
    I still left Session and Persistent cookies on for all sites.
    Here are some of the cookies which keep showing up:



    Message Edited by morey on 10-01-2007 02:40 PM

    Message Edited by morey on 10-01-2007 04:36 PM

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    Default Re: Spyware scan versus spyware shield? Also, why is reboot necessary after virus scan?

    You have just hit the wall of trying to filter cookies. What is good and what is bad, and how do you filter them. Some sites use third part cookies as if they were their own. The easiest way you can do this is to create an expert rule to block all traffic from the site that owns the cookie, like doubleclick and advertising and whatever else you get. Find the parent site like www.doubleclick.comand block it.
    My homes are SpywareHammer.com and DonHoover.net and BleepingComputer.com


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