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Old 10-03-2002, 05:04 PM   #1
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Arrow Powerful Parasiteware/Scumware removal tool

There has been a lot of discussion about Scumware/Parasiteware recently (software that is installed - usually without a user realising it - and which diverts traffic and steals affiliate commissions away from legitimate affiliates) For more on the threats these parasites pose, you need look no further than the NY Times thread right here at Geek/talk:

Incidentally, the advice in that thread to install AdAware (a free anti-parasite tool) is excellent, but I recently found that even AdAware doesn't necessarily go far enough!

I installed Spyware Eliminator from Aluria Software on my machine a couple of days ago, and I was alarmed to find 3 parasiteware applications that the most up-to-date version of AdAware had missed, including one which was tracking every file I downloaded via Netscape!

Although Aluria Spyware Eliminator costs $29.99, you can download a FREE trial version that will do a complete in-depth scan of your system and report if there are any scumware/parasiteware applications lurking in the dark corners of your hard disk. Essentially, the FREE trial copy is identical to the full product, but it only allows for scanning, not removal operations.

You can download the FREE trial software from

The simplest and most cost-effective solution to be 100% sure that your system is free from these kind of nasty parasite programs is to:-

1) Download and run AdAware (the information is in the above NY Times thread)
2) Once you've run AdAware, download and run the trial version of Spyware Eliminator from http://www.1automationwiz.com/app/af...asp?afid=48160
If it gives your system a clean bill of health, then you're done. If not, it's then up to you to decide whether it's worth registering the software or not.

Incidentally, Aluria Software has an affiliate program that pays a very generous 50% of the purchase price of their software, so if you are thinking of spreading the word about parasiteware to your site's visitors, you can kill 2 birds with one stone by joining their affiliate program, and promoting a 2-step "100% removal" process like the one I outlined above - your site visitors will thank you for it when the mad deluge of popups stops!

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