How to resolve privacy issues?
I read an article some time ago regarding windows XP which informed of microsoft built in data collection/tracing/cookies/internet monitoring activity. The author regarded this as an unwarranted invasion of privacy and gave information of how to prevent/remove the offending files. I was not an XP user at the time but have now got a new computer with XP home edition installed. Do you know of the privacy issues referred to in this article and can you assist in finding this information please.
My new computer is a Dell - do you also know if manufacturers install any hidden spyware and how to remove it?
Thank you for any assistance
This question was answered on October 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.To clear your computer of adware, spyware, and many other pesky programs, use a free
anti-spyware utility like PepiMK Software's Spybot Search & Destroy or Lavasoft's
Ad-aware 6.0 In fact, you may have the best results if you use both, since neither is
likely to catch every malicious application installed on your PC Neither program detects
or removes viruses, so you'll still need to use a good antivirus program, such as
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2003 ($50; $15 annual renewal fee)
You can avoid installing unwanted software by being choosy about the free programs you
download, and by understanding your browser's security settings Removing adware and
spyware can be tricky, but several free utilities detect and remove hundreds of known
Once you've cleansed your PC of unwanted programs, you can keep it clean by avoiding
spyware-laden downloads and by upping your browser's security settings to avoid
"drive-by" installations Internet Explorer is the main target of most of these, and its
default setting (Medium) will prevent automatic installations of most Web-based adware
To check your browser's settings in IE, select Tools, Internet Options, click the
Security tab, and choose the Internet zone Make sure that the security level setting is
at Medium or higher In AOL 8.0, which uses IE to display pages, choose Settings,
Preferences, click the Internet Properties (WWW) link, then select the Security tab, and
choose the Internet zone to access the same settings options as IE
Also install a firewall, like ZoneAlarm to control what goes in and out from your
Update your system files using Windows Update
In Windows XP Home Edition, you must be logged on as a computer administrator to install
components or modify Automatic Updates settings In Windows XP Professional, you must be
logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group If your computer
is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing
Windows Update is a catalog of items such as drivers, security fixes, critical updates,
the latest Help files, and Internet products that you can download to keep your computer
Open Windows Update in Help and Support Center
On the Windows Update home page, click Scan for updates
Click Yes when prompted to install any required software or device drivers
Windows Update scans your computer for outdated system files and lets you replace them
with the most recent versions
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Posted by gilbert of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 23, 2004