There is a free-ware program out on the Web called Ad-aware from
Lavasoft that will check your computer for this sneaky
spyware. It isn't the easisest interface but you don't need
to use it often. It worked well when I was using it but it
has been about 6 months. (not something you think about until you
start having problems)
Search for "Ad-ware". You mileage may vary...
At 06:27 PM 3/28/02 -0800, Tree N6TR wrote:
This isn't a TR Log subject, but it is something we should all be aware of.
Recently, I bought a new computer for my wife and kids. It had Windows XP
with a 1.7 Gig Pentium processor. Amazing amount of computer to buy for
$850 (w/o monitor).
We started having a problem where it would try to dial up on the internet
without any good reason. This was a very frustrating problem for months
and made using the computer very frustrating. My main computer in
the shack uses the same phone line and it would disconnect when the other
computer would grab the phone line.
After many un-successful attempts to figure out what was going on, I finally
figured it out. A kids software program (I think it was Barbie) had
installed a program that would try to connect to a web-site and give it
If you do a web search on brodcast and spyware, you will find lots of
information about this type of software.
I find it totally unacceptable that this type of software is included with
other software - and installed without the knowledge of the user.
Please read and become educated. Take appropriate steps to make sure you
don't have any of these programs on your computer. Furthurmore, I would
suggest you let people who have lowered themselves to do this kind of thing
what you think about it.
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