View Full Version : Browser Parasites

Bruce Taylor
12-11-2002, 07:47 AM
If, like me, you're a promiscuous surfer, you might have picked up a few browser parasites.

For a quick diagnostic and info. on removal, see:


12-11-2002, 09:28 AM
Good site, Bruce. It explains a few things I'm finding on the computer lately, some of them probably of teenage origin. ;)

Bruce Taylor
12-11-2002, 10:57 AM
Blame the kids, eh? Good plan!

My system was wriggling with them, but they're definitely my fault. The file-sharing programs Kazaa and Bearshare are notorious for slipping spyware into your system. I've used 'em both (and lots of other code of questionable provenance). Even after you de-install the "carrier" program, the spy modules stay behind to use your system without permission.

I assumed I had spyware running, but didn't do anything about it until I loaded a website that kindly informed me that I had five of the foul things hogging my resources.

It took me half an hour to rid my Windows registry of all the useless keys.

[ 12-11-2002, 11:58 AM: Message edited by: Bruce Taylor ]

Art Read
12-11-2002, 11:07 AM
"Your browser has not been checked for parasites, because it it isn’t Internet Explorer for Windows.

For technical reasons, the automatic-detection feature on this web page can only work with IE/Win, with “Active scripting” and “Run ActiveX controls” enabled.

(Other browsers and operating systems tend not to be so badly affected in any case.) "

Bruce Taylor
12-11-2002, 11:23 AM
Art, if you think there might be spies and adbots scurrying around inside your computer, you can download a free program called "Ad-Aware" (v. 5. 83) to scan your system.


Rich VanValkenburg
12-11-2002, 12:05 PM
Bruce, I use Adaware every day. It's surprising how much junk comes in on the sites the kids visit.


12-11-2002, 12:49 PM
I also use ad-aware!