Posted 30 March 2005 - 09:38 AM
Smileys, cursors, games and screensavers are the four worst things you can download to your computer. Games from reputable websites like RealArcade (although that can be intrusive), Shockwave and PopCap games are the only ones I allow on my computer. Spyware Blaster won't protect you from something you download and install. That program protects against activex controls received from web pages viewed with IE or Mozilla and won't let you see certain sites.
Had you been using the tea timer function in Spybot S&D or a program like SpySweeper or the MS Beta Anti-Spyware you would have been alerted that the program you were installing was trying to make changes to your registry (run keys etc) and to your startup programs. That would be the first indication of a problem. The latter two would probably alert you to the fact that fun web products was trying to install and would have blocked it pending your ok. That assumes you had one of them running in the background.
When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail. Abraham Maslo
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