March 01, 2004
Nifty Online Spyware and Adware Encyclopedia
Sometimes, though, such a removal might fail, or you might want to know more about what the malware was designed to do on your PC prior to removing it. After all, some free programs will fail to operate if the underlying spyware/adware is removed.
The encyclopedia is not all that's available. The same site also offers the freeware Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like it's a scanner only, i.e., that it will scan your system and alert you if it detects installed spyware and adware. I didn't see any information that it will actually remove the vermin for you. If I'm correct, that's where the online encyclopedia (and other malware removers such as Ad-aware and Spybot) should be used.
While I run a tight ship on my own PC to keep it meticulously malware-free, I've helped others by removing offending software -- usually piggybacked in downloaded program installers. As I mentioned, it's important to know which changes have been made to the system and what the malware does prior to removing it. What's nice about this site is that the information is all in one place for many common malware programs. And for that I give the Bazooka Spyware and Adware Encyclopedia a big thumbs up!
Topic(s): Privacy & Security
Posted by Jeff Beard