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How do you protect your self from Spy-Net Idiots
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May 8, 2010
3:12 PM
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Hi guys. A while ago, I asked dot.techies on the blog on how I should protect my self from Spy-Net idiots. What is this "Spy-Net" you say?

Spy-Net is a hacker's dream come true. It allows them to do do many thing such as…

 

  • inputting keyloggers on your computer
  • finding out all your websites' user and pass
  • hijacking your webcam
  • viewing your computer screen
  • a whole lotta more

To make it simple, it's a super spyware program.

 

Anyways, I was wondering if any pro dot.Techies could tell us newb techies (lawl) on how to protect our selves from those Spy-Net idiots. Someone once told me that I should protect my self by surfing the web using password protected wireless networks. Is that all just to protect my self from these threats?

 

~Joji~

May 8, 2010
5:05 PM
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Why am I a "main techie"? I am not even an admin. Frown

To your question, actually most kinds of AV + heurisitc detection software (e.g. Threatfire) can prevent this kind of hacker attack.

You can also try Ashraf's recommendations at

http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/3174

@Ashraf, please update the drop-down menu to reflect the fact that there are now 12 programs on the security list.

May 8, 2010
5:31 PM
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I personally just run MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) and Windows Defender (built-in to Win7 and I think Vista) and the default Windows firewall. Along with an occasional manual scan by Malwarebytes.

I think there are reasonable precautions to take, and a point where too many either make your computer so slow that it's not worth it or you just get too paranoid to use the computer.

That being said, one way to be safer is to use a Mac. Not because Macs are inherently safer, but because there are fewer of them, they make a less tempting target for hackers. Another choice is to boot off of a Linux Live CD.

May 8, 2010
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Now I am going to infest Karen's computer with malware that MSE can't detect.

May 8, 2010
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Hey Joji

I was fortunate to acquire Zemana anti-keylogger on a special freebie offer--now expired--& we've had forum discussions here on that.

I found some comparison info on:

http://www.anti-keylogger.org and http://www.keylogger.org

"is an independent research projects supported by a team of enthusiasts."

Can't vouche for these sites, & a quick glance looks like all paid.

but: There are others that are free.

Life is just a phase you're going through…you'll get over it.
May 8, 2010
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Ashraf said:

Now I am going to infest Karen's computer with malware that MSE can't detect.


 

Hey, not cool.  It is an antivirus no matter what your little polls have to say about it.  Yell

Locutus

Sent from my PC with MSE

Oh, the site that was :(
May 9, 2010
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Ashraf said:

Now I am going to infest Karen's computer with malware that MSE can't detect.

How? REmote control? Wink

May 9, 2010
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@Ashraf – You can infect Locutus as well. I know he uses it. :lol::lol::lol:

May 9, 2010
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I use MSE too, but please Ashraf, make it infect only Karen and Locutus. Pleeeeeeese? Laugh

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May 9, 2010
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karen said:

I personally just run MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) and Windows Defender (built-in to Win7 and I think Vista) and the default Windows firewall. Along with an occasional manual scan by Malwarebytes.

I think there are reasonable precautions to take, and a point where too many either make your computer so slow that it's not worth it or you just get too paranoid to use the computer.

That being said, one way to be safer is to use a Mac. Not because Macs are inherently safer, but because there are fewer of them, they make a less tempting target for hackers. Another choice is to boot off of a Linux Live CD.


 

I agree. I also rely on the default windows firewall and defender that comes with Win 7 (vista also). Apparently Microsoft has made alot of improvements to them. Before I used to hate having to deal with UAC, but now I just leave it enabled (extra protection), and like karen mentioned the occasional scan with malwarebytes.

And along with them I use Avast Pro. So I guess if you are also using a decent and safe browser (Firefox with some nice security addons! for example) your web experience should be safe enough… 

 

May 9, 2010
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yourpalal said:

Hey Joji

I was fortunate to acquire Zemana anti-keylogger on a special freebie offer--now expired--& we've had forum discussions here on that.

I found some comparison info on:

http://www.anti-keylogger.org and http://www.keylogger.org

"is an independent research projects supported by a team of enthusiasts."

Can't vouche for these sites, & a quick glance looks like all paid.

but: There are others that are free.


 

I also grabbed the Zemana anti-keylogger freebie and used it for a spell. Very light and non-intrusive. Yeah too bad that deal expired.

May 9, 2010
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Thanks guys, but I can't use Zemana, actually screw that program (no offense)!

 

'Cause it lagged my computer A LOT. So much, nothing was responding and I had to hard boot a few times and uninstalled with REVO with caution. I don't know why that happened. Right now I'm using the following:

 

-ESET NOD32 Sh#t Loaded Edition

-Key Scrambler

-Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

 

BTW, the reason why my ESET is called "Sh#t Loaded Edition" is because everything is password protected and I can't edit any layouts at all, including unquarantining things. It sucks… :(

 

~Joji~

May 9, 2010
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Adrian said:

Why am I a "main techie"? I am not even an admin. Frown

To your question, actually most kinds of AV + heurisitc detection software (e.g. Threatfire) can prevent this kind of hacker attack.

You can also try Ashraf's recommendations at

http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/3174

@Ashraf, please update the drop-down menu to reflect the fact that there are now 12 programs on the security list.


'Cause Adrian plays Modern Warfare 2. :P

 

Lawl, wait, do you? I want that game… but it's just gonna kill our laptops entirely. D:

 

Might be getting it for either Xbox360 (hope it supports mouse and keyboard) or PC. 

 

~Joji~

May 10, 2010
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Joji said:

 I'm using the following:
 

-ESET NOD32 Sh#t Loaded Edition

-Key Scrambler

-Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

 


 

 How's key scrambler working for you? I'm using it, but apparently it's doing too good of a job that whenever I'm typing in a text field it shows random characters! I have to try a couple of times to get the normal characters. I have it running on 2 machines and same thing.

Are you getting this too?

I'll probably have to mess with it and see what's wrong.

May 10, 2010
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Gioneo: Surprised  Sure does sound like somethings not right in Keyscrambler. I've got it on 3 laptops and haven't had any issues at all with it.

Since it's happening on 2 computers, I wonder if it's clashing with another program you have. Are you running a lot of anti-virus programs on them? Or a specialty program that most people don't use?

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May 10, 2010
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Huh? I'm confused… -_-"

 

~Joji~

May 10, 2010
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Wheezer said:

Gioneo: Surprised  Sure does sound like somethings not right in Keyscrambler. I've got it on 3 laptops and haven't had any issues at all with it.

Since it's happening on 2 computers, I wonder if it's clashing with another program you have. Are you running a lot of anti-virus programs on them? Or a specialty program that most people don't use?


 

Well let's see…

Avast Pro… I'm also giving that Zentimo a test drive… I have WinPatrol Plus on there also… That's it for the progs that are constantly running in the background.

So no one using Key Scrambler is getting weird characters in a text field when their doing a search on google for example…?!

You know what, i'll bet it's conflicting with a FF add-on. I have WOT – Adblock – No Script – AFOM – FastestFox – Keyscrambler

I'll start the elimination process and see what happens.

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