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XP-Antispy Question?.


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 06:03 AM

I came across the following download link but would appreciate any ones experiences or views on this program. What is it, is it good bad or indifferent?. I like to keep on top of things but hadn't heard of this before, so I am just trying to gain some information on it.

http://www.xp-antispy.org/index.php/lang-en
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 06:30 AM

This program is listed on MajorGeeks which is a trustworthy source of downloads. So we can say that at least it is not a rogue software.
As far as I know, this software does some tweaking in Windows XP settings.

http://majorgeeks.com/XP-Antispy_d2062.html
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Edited by Romeo29, 05 September 2009 - 06:31 AM.


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 07:54 AM

Majorgeeks have many things i would rate rouge or in my terms crap but same can be said for every downloadcentral.

Program is from old days where it was popular to be afraid of Microsoft phone home and other stories. Windows Media Player has own section for a reason, DRM etc. Basically it is merely a tweaker like so many others, providing a GUI to change settings in registry - most are actually already available in Windows so no magic. Purpose is ? You must know where it comes from to understand I guess. Year old way of thinking - hate MS, power to the people - and keep using Windows, including the illegal versions... Could be proven waste of time and many would still use it or have happy memories at least. Dont give it too much thought.

Would be shocking if just this program is not "trustworthy" as in rouge or not. Messing up Windows and your ability to use it correctly are better questions. Just like with registry cleaners, other tweakers, be sure you know how to restore/rewind. And have some knowledge of what each change/tweak means, impact on other processes. You are in machine room of Windows through easy to use GUI. Dont forget that.

I believe this is like the original tool to "fight" "default threats" in Windows. Theory not dead yet, check Xpy http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/xpy/1090371055/1 or Vista version http://vispa.whyeye.org/ intro says it all. He know Antispy be sure to that! I more or less agree with comment below about Vispa - but might as well originate from bad experience due to his own misuse of tool. Too clickhappy and lazy perhaps? How things goes wrong. Tweaking tools can be way cool and useful but also potentially risky so much depend on you.

This causes more problems then it helps, it doesn't improve security or performance and it causes severe, critical errors within windows, use at your own risk, but all im saying is i advise against use of this program because you will be sorry and wish you never used this once you do



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Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:17 AM

I came across the following download link but would appreciate any ones experiences or views on this program. What is it, is it good bad or indifferent?. I like to keep on top of things but hadn't heard of this before, so I am just trying to gain some information on it.

http://www.xp-antispy.org/index.php/lang-en


Hi bluesjunior,

I used XP-AntiSpy for years, but I knew why, it's a tool to change important Windows XP settings, store the config in a profile, and basically could mess up your computer if you do not already know how to adjust such settings without using XP Antispy .
If in doubt please run Windows XP as it was intended as tweaking can cause major System instability.

By all means investigate, use Google, but try to stick to well known sites, affiliated to this site, and with a good name like BleepingComputer.

If the tweak itch continues, ALWAYS make, a System restore Point, + a ERUNT backup http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/ , so if something goes horribly wrong you can get back to an Operating System that works .

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:57 PM

Majorgeeks have many things i would rate rouge or in my terms crap but same can be said for every downloadcentral.


I would like to know a few rogue software being distributed at majorgeeks.
The definition of crapware varies from person to person, some even think Windows is crap. So saying this program is crap, is your own opinion.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:01 PM

You can start with their Registry section. Dont know how much you fancy year old shareware registry programs. They try to come across as being better than for example Cnet, handpicked. Well I hope not. I it a downloadcentral as the rest. Stuff like this if you dont understand http://www.registry-clean.com/ rouge in my eyes for sure.

Unless you have limited selection this is unavoidable. Most sites I use have "crap". Crap ads too, I use them anyways. I would never like all programs - but I would think some is obviously not of "quality" no matter definition. When siteadmins brag about their efforts, and they do, hmm we have a new situation I think. Needs a bit of a cleanup perhaps... Not really a problem worth mentioning, just dont whitewash whatever comes out of X or Y. Softpedia is way worse but also a "reputable" source. May be check out companies on their own sites, dig deeper than a download link. A pet annoyance since forever for me so sorry for complaining.

Edited by Bambo, 05 September 2009 - 01:09 PM.


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:36 PM

According to Panda Labs (the makes of Panda Antivirus and Panda Internet Security) :

Rogueware consists of any kind of fake software solution that attempts to steal money from PC users by luring them into paying to remove nonexistent threats.


Read the full PDF report (The Business of Rogueware) : http://www.pandasecurity.com/img/enc/The%2...20Rogueware.pdf

Now you know why those registry cleaner software is not rogue software. If you define rogueware in your own way, that's your personal definition and does not count on a web site like BC.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:44 PM

You should also consider what "trustworthy source" source mean then. I am aware of definitions and also explained that already. Majorgeeks offer crap software also - is that better? Just because not picked up by scanners does not means quality in any sense of the word. Here is another not rouge one for you http://www.liutilities.com/products/campai...x.php?ref=geeks

You can try install WOT and go to those sites. This is ad-world more than handpicked and tested. Should be obvious.

Edited by Bambo, 05 September 2009 - 01:47 PM.


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:51 PM

Thanks for all the replies people, for my case and with my limited PC knowledge I will just leave this program alone lest I do something I may regret.
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:23 PM

Good choice bluesjunior. If its not broke don't mess with it.




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