Let me know what you think
Posted 08 July 2004 - 10:04 AM
Dealing with Spyware and Adware
Posted 08 July 2004 - 07:24 PM
My advice would be to reorganise the page into simple sections.
Start with a simplified overview of the problem, and then move on to how to check whether their machine is infected, with a list of first-line recovery/repair software to use and what it does.
(From you site:
"Hijack This is a general homepage hijacker detector and remover."
HijackThis is actually a tool, that lists all installed browser add-on, buttons, startup items - among other things, and allows you to inspect, and optionally remove selected items. It is not presented as a dedicated spy/adware removal utility. I would categorise it as a 'diagnostic' tool. It is intended for advanced users.
I think you should include a caveat, that informs people NOT to fix anything it finds unless they are absolutely certain of what they are doing, as irreperable damage can be done with that little program, and that they should post a log at a reliable forum for analysis.)
Then a simple explanation on how to 'harden' their system by ensuring they have the appropriate updates/patches etc (with links), tweaking browser settings, installing a firewall, AV etc - and the importance of obtaining regular updates, an actually running their security programs on a regular basis.
Next, good surfing habits - not clicking OK to every pop-up they come across etc.
A list of recommended and software alternatives: OS/browser/AV etc
And finally, 'Further Reading'. Most people won't read the articles until they feel more comfortable with what they are doing and have taken the above steps....IMO.
I also like that you have included a link to information on bogus or suspect anti-spyware software.
I hope you don't feel I was trying to write your site for you, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. All the info is there, but it just seemed a little 'spread out'.
I wish you success.
Edited by Freebird, 08 July 2004 - 07:30 PM.