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#1 jem16

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 07:11 AM

I've just finished cleaning out my friend's computer which was infested with spyware, trojans etc.

Now that I have done this, her teenage daughter is complaining about not having "Smiley Central" - the fact that it's full of malware is neither here nor there to her. All her friends use it so she NEEDS it!

Is there a safe alternative?

She's also complaining about MSN Messenger Plus not working too - I know that also contains spyware but I thought it could be installed without the spyware?

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 08:32 AM

Yes, MSN Plus could be installed without spyware, but then you must watch the install-progress very carefully. If I'm not wrong, you must first click something like "manual install" and then "I DO NOT ACCEPT, install without sponsors (=spyware).

I don't know if there is an spyware-free alternative for Smiley Central. I don't like all that cr@p which changes your cursor, add some stupid smilies or something like that.
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:01 PM

Look at the file I have attached.

You have to take care that this option is NOT selected otherwise you still will install the sponsor.

At install startup you can choose between custom (or manual or something like that) and automatic installation. You should choose custom.

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:09 PM

They make it look like installing their "sponsor" is a good thing.

Edited by CyberRaptor, 11 August 2004 - 06:09 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:11 PM

In their policy still stands that you remove the sponsor with removing MSG plus!. Thats not true anymore! If you de-install plus the spyware junk will remain on your PC and register...

Edited by J-P IT, 11 August 2004 - 06:11 PM.


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Posted 12 August 2004 - 03:22 AM

Thanks for the help with MSN Plus.

Having had another look at my friend's computer, MSN Plus is still installed although all the spyware/malware has now been removed with Spybot, Adaware, About:Buster and HJT. I'm assuming Plus should still work without all the sponsor stuff so I'm not quite sure what her daughter is on about.

She keeps moaning about her web cam needing MSN Plus as it won't work only with MSN Messenger.

Anybody have a clue what she's on about?

Nearly forgot - any pointers for safe, free smilies?

Edited by jem16, 12 August 2004 - 03:23 AM.


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Posted 12 August 2004 - 03:23 AM

No, thats not true. For webcam use you only need MSN Messenger.

And if she wants MSG plus, without sponsor!

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 01:53 PM

I did a web search to see if there were any alternatives to Smiley Central. So far I've only found programs that you have to buy.

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Posted 11 September 2004 - 08:21 AM

That would be great if we could find a non-spyware Smiley Central equivalent. I have to admit that I enjoyed using them in my email, though at this point they have been long gone.

I will look around and post if I find anything.

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 03:42 PM

I found this:

http://www.smileyworld.com/toolbar/

Anyone know if it's bad or not?

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 03:59 PM

I've never heard of that one, but I can tell you that it looks almost identical to the SmileyCentral toolbar. Perhaps that's just because similar software needs a similar interface, but I would be skeptical of their claims.

However, as I said before, I've never heard of it.

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 04:41 PM

I have never used it either, but as it was advertised on this site by a spammer, I would have grave doubts about it!
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Posted 24 September 2004 - 07:12 PM

I have never used it either, but as it was advertised  on this site by a spammer, I would have grave doubts about it!

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Well... the site isn't in IE-Spyad or MVPS Hosts. I went ahead and installed it. Seemed to install just fine (SpywareGuard gave me a warning about a BHO being installed). Next thing to do is see if Ad-Aware and/or Spybot flag it as malware.

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 07:22 PM

Did it come with an uninstall, or is it add/removeable?

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 09:40 PM

It does have an entry in Add/Remove programs.

However, there are a few things that bother me:

(1) No obvious privacy policy.

(2) Not in the CastleCops BHO/Toolbar list.

(3) Only 1 HJT log showed up when I did a Google search (user wasn't told to remove the related O2 and O3 items). A search here didn't bring up anything.

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Posted 19 December 2004 - 07:09 AM

just to add a line to an old topic:

I might be dumb but I like smileys too! I was looking at a couple of free smiley providers, freesmiley and smileycontrol.... the latter claims to be ad and spyware FREE..... but both of them redirect to - guess what.....
SMILEY CENTRAL!

Looks like these guys have the monopoly, but in disguise too.

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 08:51 AM

I posted a question about adware/spyware free emoticon softare at a forum on craigslist in their computer section. Someone there had complained about smileycentral, however w/ the info provided in this thread I might be more open to using smileycentral taking the aforementioned precautions.

This website emotipad.com http://emotipad.com/ was recommended where one can purchase for 19.95. I purchased it through http://www.maxplugs.com/emomail/ but it's the same software. The emotipad site offers about 30 links w/ thousands of free smileys you can download individually or in some cases groups from various artists offering the gif files that you can save directly by left clicking, saving to your computer and then adding them to the collection of smileys.

To me having access to thousands of smileys w/o the fear of crap was worth the price. However the software may only be for Outlook. I've ran my pc-cillin virus & spyware searches and my computer is still clean. I also switched to firefox awhile ago and highly recommend it. I got the following reply from smileycentral when I questioned them:
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Original Message Follows:
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I am concerned about accepting anything free on the internet these days
due
to the spyware and adware that usually comes with it. Does downloading
your
smileys come w/ these or do you try to gain access to my email
addresses?

Your forthrightness is appreciated.

Jay

Smiley Central response:

Thank you for writing to Fun Web Products.

The toolbar and Smiley Central do not collect any personal information
and are completely "spyware"-free and "adware"-free. In fact, we are
proud to have recently been deemed "spyware safe" by the Aluria Spyware
Safe program.

The toolbar was specifically designed to provide a great user experience
free of spyware, adware, direct marketing, data collection or other
similar activities.

In order to achieve that goal:
The toolbar software DOES NOT collect personal information of any kind,
period. No email address, registration or other information is required
to use the product. No zip code, no email, no member name, no password.
Unlike many other products, we do not even attempt to collect data upon
startup as a requirement of use.

The toolbar software DOES NOT monitor the websites visited by the end
user, collect or in any manner report any information about what sites
an end users visits (or any clickstream activity), nor does it monitor
or scrape information when you are on other sites.

The toolbar software DOES NOT serve or facilitate so-called "contextual
advertising" or pop-up ads. Many applications are identified as spyware
because they monitor end-user Internet usage and serve contextual
pop-ups. The My Web Search toolbar does not engage in any such
practices.

In short, the toolbar provides a superior search experience on an
ANONYMOUS basis and without any additional monitoring, contextual ads or
other nuisances.

We hope this answers your questions about the toolbar and Smiley
Central. If we can be of additional assistance or you have further
questions, please let us know.

Thanks again for writing.

Regards,
G.B.
Fun Web Products Support

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 09:35 AM

Aluria Spyware

That is not a recommendation - that software is not supported by any of the anti-malware forums since they took a joint venture with an adware company.

But ONLY using that company to signify thier 'cleanness' they have suppied a 'credential' that is very tarnished - not worth the paper it is written on, as the saying goes.
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 01:35 PM

According my readings ChrisRLG is very right about this.
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 01:43 AM

Looks like SmileyWorld isn't a good alternative... Spybot S&D targets it.

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 08:27 AM

I posted a question about adware/spyware free emoticon softare at a forum on craigslist in their computer section.  Someone there had complained about smileycentral, however w/ the info provided in this thread I might be more open to using smileycentral taking the aforementioned precautions. 

This website emotipad.com  http://emotipad.com/ was recommended where one can purchase for 19.95.  I purchased it through http://www.maxplugs.com/emomail/ but it's the same software.  The emotipad site offers about 30 links w/ thousands of free smileys you can download individually or in some cases groups from various artists offering the gif files that you can save directly by left clicking, saving to your computer and then adding them to the collection of smileys. 


Hello there, Emomail is nothing to do with Soulsoft. It is a different product altogether. Soulsoft offers two products, one that works with forums and email and one that works for outlook/express only. The email version EmotiMail is only $11.95 US. (approx 6.60 UK) that includes lifetime free upgrades. The full EmotiPad Plus is $19.95 again with free upgrades. Just wanted to clarify that we are nothing to do with Emomail that was born 4 months after EmotiMail ;)

Karen x

Edited by Soulgirl, 20 April 2005 - 08:32 AM.


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Posted 23 April 2005 - 04:20 PM

I also like to use emoticons in email and the solution I found was to make my own database.First,I formed a new folder under My Documents and named it Emoticons.Then I started saving emoticons that I run into and like into that folder just the same way you'd save pictures.Right now I have around 500 of them.Whenever I want to put one in email I use the insert picture feature and browse to that folder to pick one.At the time of saving I always rename them so picking the right one to post is not a problem.
Invision Power Boards,which also host this forum have a special emoticon request section in their support forums.That can be a good starting point for forming your database.Just go through the pages and save the ones you like.There are links to several downloadable packages also.Here's the link..
Invision Power Services -> Emoticon Request
http://forums.invisi...showtopic=40799

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 01:44 AM

EmotiPad is no longer available to be purchased... instead, there is a FREEWARE version now available. We felt the time had come to pop a lid on pay-for smiley products but didn't want to take away our product completely so we have launched SmileyPad. Still without spyware, adware or malware but completely free!

Cheers,

Karen x




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