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Old 07-01-2004, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had Spybot for a while now but never used it. I put some more memory in my computer to make it run faster and it helped but now its starting to slow down again. So i ran spybot just to see what if any problems i had and it found 170 of them. I heard that if you let Spybot delete all of these programs of files some other programs that are on our computer may not work. What i was wanting to know is which files can i delete safely without messing up my computer? The main 3 problems are "file", "Directory", and "Registry Key"
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Old 07-01-2004, 02:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most installed programs will be just fine. THe ones you need to worry about are freeware and shareware programs. A lot of them come bundled with spyware (like Kazaa was) and won't work when you remove that spyware.

If by chance one of these does stop working, generally just re-installing the program works to fix it.
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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2Crunk, as long as you have the latest edition, follow this simple rule: Items found in Red are critical and should be removed immediately.

items found in green are NON-critical and it's up to the user's preference. Read this article.

http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=tutorial

And his page on FAQ is quite useful - you should take a look at sometime.

http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=faq
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Old 07-04-2004, 02:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanx for the help, computer runs much better..........for now!
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Old 07-04-2004, 02:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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is spybot or ad-aware better?
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Old 07-04-2004, 02:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've never used ad-ware, but a friend recommended spybot to me and i think it works great.
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Old 07-04-2004, 02:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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it is good to have both there are some things adaware targets that spybot doesnt and visa versa. adaware has more updates and i believe they target hijacking files more than spybot does

My recommendation is to get both and keep them up to date
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I have Spybot and Ad-Aware, and they are great, and recently I just got Spysweeper, it is excellent, I recommend it to all
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