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Best spyware detector / cleaner?

Which is the best spyware detector or cleaner? I use a few, but to be honest each finds stuff that others don't ... it's almost hard to have just one.

First, not a cleaner, but to prevent spyware, spyware blaster is a must. I won't access arguments here :)
Next, I like Adaware... just adaware pro, not the plugins... it usually do a good job.
I used to use SpyBot ... but it stopped being effective for me.
Last but not least, my latest discovery ... XoftSpy ... it removed to spywares from a friend's PC that not all of the above together could.

what do you use?

ooooh nt security

wow, this I've never seen before ... a co-worker was backing up a SQL 2005 database, and somehow, he handle to delete all NTFS permissions in the mdf file... needless to say SQL couldn't open the database.

I logged in into the system and realize that is only had the SYSTEM account, so it even denied me access as an Administrator. When I tried to add permissions for the Administrators group, it said access denied, and let me choose Cancel, Retry, or Ignore ...

Solution: as weird as it sounds, if you choose ignore it will add the permissions regardless... then all you have to do is reboot and the NTFS will use the new permissions when it comes back ... amazing how M$ Windows works...

Elmer Fudd uses ColdFusion

I just found the strangest comment … ColdFusion hacks by cartoon impersonators; you can find the full story here.

To the weadew that commented on how to change a pwopewties fiwe to ewiminate the devnet watewmawk: Yes, this is twue. You can unjaw the cfusion.jar, uh-hah-hah-hah. jaw fiwe and edit the CFPage.WatewMawk pwopewty in cowdfusion\wuntime\wesouwce.pwopewties. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit! Wemove the watewmawk text, wepwace it wif an empty stwing, then webuiwd the cfusion.jar jaw file wif the new pwopewties fiwe, and westawt CF, uh-hah-hah-hah.. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit!

Microsoft released official WMF patch: instructions provided

This is tedious, but please do:

1.    Reboot your system
2.    Run a Windows Update
3.    Reboot your system
4.    Go to Add/Delete Programs and uninstall your unofficial patch
5.    Reboot your system

The official bulletin can be found at

If you don't have access to a Windows update, you can still download the patch from the link provided above.

Microsoft initially claimed that they would release the official patch January 10. How crazy is that? 10 days without a patch for what critics call the worse hole in Windows ever! Pressure made them release it January 5, and all they did was to cut and paste the unofficial patch and embed it into the problematic DLL.

Security Advisory for all web developers

Just figured to share this.

Adobe flaw puts PCs at risk

You can download the patch here.

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