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Detecting and Removing Spyware (PC)

Posted Friday, October 15, 2004

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Over the last decade the Internet has changed from being mostly a source of information into a worldwide marketplace. Today, all sorts of people and companies are trying to find new ways of making money online. Since information is critical to any kind of marketing, the Internet has also created a whole new business of gathering and selling information about possible customers. Interesting information can be anything from your surfing habits to your hobbies, name, and email address. One method of gathering personal information that has become increasingly popular over the last few years is the use of software agents bundled with many common "freeware" programs. By downloading and installing the freeware program, you will also install a spyware agent. The spyware can then run in the background gathering information about anything you do on your computer and uploading that information to a server somewhere on the Internet. Even if the information is never used or seen by anyone, most people feel very uncomfortable with invisible processes uploading private information to the Internet.

Finding Invisible Processes
WinTasks 5 lists all processes running on your computer, including invisible background processes like spyware. Since WinTasks also assigns more user-friendly names to each process, such as Internet Explorer instead of iexplore.exe, as well as the full executable path, finding and terminating spyware processes is relatively easy.

Permanently Removing Spyware
With WinTasks 5 Professional, it is possible to prevent the spyware processes from loading the next time you reboot.To do this, you simply open the Autostart window in WinTasks and select the spyware executable. By disabling the spyware from this window, it will be removed from the registry autostart sections and will not be started the next time you reboot your system. You can either temporarily disable the spyware, to find out whether you have disabled the right program, or you can permanently remove it from the registry. In WinTasks 5 Professional there are also a number of other features like scripting and CPU usage logs that can be used to detect and remove unwanted processes and to increase overall system security.

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WinTasks 5

A perfect tool now made even better…


I don’t really need to ask this question…..every one of us had his computer attacked by spyware and Trojans. Firewalls and anti-virus software can, of course, provide your computer with the first line of defence. BUT they are not enough.

With the release of WinTasks 5, it is now easier to protect and secure your computer! WinTasks 4 was already a great product, but now this perfect tool is made even better.

WinTasks 5 helps you stop the security threats already lurking among the processes running on your system. By providing a wealth of real-time information, combined with simple explanations for thousands of processes, WinTasks 5 makes locating and stopping unwanted processes a snap! Thus, with Win Tasks 5, your computer will run safer and faster.

This award-winning product gathers detailed information on all running processes. WinTasks 5 is also connected to a process library which gives all the information about every process that can run on a computer, indicating whether it is a dangerous process or an indispensable process for your computer.

With the new version of WinTasks 5, you get the following NEW features:
  • Automatic updates: you can keep WinTasks and the build-in process library up-to-date by using an automatic update feature.
  • Block-and Allow-lists: with the new blocking feature, WinTasks makes it extremely easy to block any unwanted process. For maximum security, the allow list gives you the option to choose exactly which processes are allowed to run on your systems.
  • Searchable Process Library: WinTasks now lets you search the entire process library for any process including the ones not currently running on your system.

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