Adaware and Spybot

  pj123 12:11 12 May 2004

Although I run both the above (almost daily now) and I delete anything they find, I don't know why. What exactly are these files (objects) that are found? Please enlighten me, so that I can explain to my friends the reason for doing this. Thank you.

  bertiecharlie 12:34 12 May 2004

I think most of what you will find are adware cookies. Delete your cookies before running a scan.

  bertiecharlie 12:40 12 May 2004

click here for a bit more information.

  pj123 13:04 12 May 2004

Thanks for the link bertiecharlie. I delete my cookies and temporary internet files regularly. I have to have cookies enabled to access my Internet Banking. I think most of us know that cookies are generally harmless (as the link suggests) so why does Adaware and Spybot both flag them up as threats? Fortunately, I haven't had any of these "diallers" that rack up your phone bill to £000's yet. But I am on Broadband anyway so (I am told) they can't dial out.

  Djohn 13:23 12 May 2004

When on broadband the diallers can't dial out unless of course you still have a dial-up modem connected to the phone-line as well, then they can and will. j.

  bertiecharlie 16:10 12 May 2004

It's the big "Privacy" debate. Adaware and the others will highlight those cookies as "problems" because they use personal information without your consent. (I had a further look on Google to see if there were any genuinely harmful cookies - couldn't find anything but at least now I know how to bake a cake).

  GaT7 16:46 12 May 2004

This is how I keep the pests out (if it's any help to anyone, otherwise ignore my rant):

I don't use Adaware & Spybot (used to in the past), but do use SpywareBlaster which blocks most nasties anyway. Don't visit any 'dodgy' sites. Also, have set IE to prompt whenever a site wants to give me a cookie (prefer the real ones!), which gives me the option in the pop-up dialogue box to permanently allow/block them. Having used Adaware/Spybot before I generally know the undesirable ones. Every once in a while I go over to click here to do an online scan - which sometimes finds scum that other scanners miss. Ever since I've adopted the above (6 months), have not had any adware/spyware/hijacker/dialler related problems.

  bertiecharlie 17:02 12 May 2004

Better than my contribution. Added your link to Explorer favourites.

  pj123 20:36 12 May 2004

Thanks for the info. The reason I asked in the first place was because I maintain 9 websites for others using CuteFTP. Whenever I run Adaware or Spybot they both flag up "advert.dll" as a threat. At first I deleted it and then found that CuteFTP wouldn't run without it. I have now learnt to untick advert.dll but why does Adaware and Spybot think this dll is a threat?

  VoG II 20:51 12 May 2004

advert.dll is bad news IMHO. I wouldn't have it on my systems. click here

  hugh-265156 20:56 12 May 2004

tried to tell you what it does click here

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