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Jim McCall
2004-08-27, 18:42
Could there be anything besides pure coincidence that since I have been
trying out the slimserver, my win xp home box has been engulfed by evil
things, sometimes twice a day I have been running ad-aware and it still gets
bogged down.

Btw, I understand that you can purchase spyware hunting apps (rather than
the free version) and it will attack these data miners before they grab hold
- can anyone verify that they are effective as an automatic tool?

Thanks,
Jim

Enno Davids
2004-08-27, 19:42
You can also try http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ which is Trend's virus
scanner but packaged as an activex control that downloads and does a one
shot scan. Its free service they run (although clearly if you like it you'll
start thinking well of them as a supplier of a real scanner...). The activex
nature of this also means you'll need to use IE to surf there and its needs
to have its activex functions enabled... No netscape, mozilla, opera or any
of the other superior browsers.

In my case though it found a bunch of stuff that Norton didn't lurking on
my laptop. In case you don't know, a lot of the big name apps like Norton
and I believe more recently Adaware are targetted by the malware people in
an attempt to circumvent them. So a capable smaller market share competitor
occasionally has a better chance of finding lurking surprises... Its an
arms race and using a few alternatives is classic defence in depth.


E.



On Fri, Aug 27, 2004 at 07:31:37PM -0700, Phillip Kerman wrote:
|I can't imagine the default slimserver is doing anything (except going back
|to check for updates once in a while). MAYBE some bad plugin developer has
|something funky going on--but I sort of doubt it. Slim users are not
|exactly a great target if you're trying to reach a lot of people.
|
|I'd recommend:
|zone alarm from http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/home.jsp --tells you
|when any app tries to reach out (the plain version is free).
|
|Also, at http://www.earthlink.net/home/software/spywareblocker/ you'll find
|a spywhere scan. Naturally, spyware scanners could easily be spyware
|themselves--but I'd trust this one.
|
|
|So, my bet is it's coincidence.
|
|Thanks,
|Phillip
|
|
|
|
|> -----Original Message-----
|> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
|> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Jim McCall
|> Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 6:42 PM
|> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
|> Subject: [slim] Spyware explosion since I joined the squeezebox cult
|>
|> Could there be anything besides pure coincidence that since I
|> have been
|> trying out the slimserver, my win xp home box has been
|> engulfed by evil
|> things, sometimes twice a day I have been running ad-aware
|> and it still gets
|> bogged down.
|>
|> Btw, I understand that you can purchase spyware hunting apps
|> (rather than
|> the free version) and it will attack these data miners before
|> they grab hold
|> - can anyone verify that they are effective as an automatic tool?
|>
|> Thanks,
|> Jim
|>
|>
|>
|>
|>
|>