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Stop the Spyware Invasion

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Stop the Spyware Invasion

Did you know that you can prevent it from getting to begin with?

I’m talking about a free way to do it, at least with Internet Explorer. I tried to find Netscape and Opera methods, but didn’t find any.

Just head over to Tools / Internet Options then click the “Security” tab and the “Custom Level” button.

You’ll see a list of settings, the first of which is “ActiveX Controls and plug-ins”. Here you can specify what .dll files you will allow on your system.

Here’s a good setup:

“Download signed ActiveX controls” — Prompt. You will be asked before a website tries to put Gator, Comet Cursor, or other adware on your system.

“Download unsigned ActiveX controls” — Disable. These kind of .dll files don’t tell you who they’re from and are usually always spyware trying to sneak its way in.

“Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe” — DEFINATELY Disable. Duh! This catagory includes spyware, worms, and other online nasties. Keep ’em out!


Once done, click OK .

With just a few changes, your web browsing is a whole lot safer. Thanks to Elaine K. for reminding us of this feature.

~ David

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