ESET SS AntiSpyware/Adware Function

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  1. tjg79

    tjg79 Registered Member

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    I see where the ESET website advertises ESET SS5 antispyware capability, but my system gets loaded with spyware that I can detect and remove with a free download software such as SuperAntiSpyware.

    Is there a setting in the ESET SS5 config that will block and remove all spyware so products like SuperAntiSpyware are not needed?

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    What spyware is removed with other apps?
     
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    Adware Tracking Cookies
     
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    Marcos Eset Staff Account

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    Cookies are not malicious. ESET does not detect tracking cookies.
     
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    There is a distinction between "plain" cookies and "tracking" cookies.

    Then what are the capabilities and limitations of the advertised ESET SS
    Antispyware funtion?

    Text cookies are not malicious that retain login information, but tracking cookies that report your browsing activities are malicious.

    Where are the ESET antispyware functions spelled out? What is included and what is not included?

    http://www.symantec.com/connect/art...ware-and-cookies-and-what-differentiates-them

     
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    It's a fact that some cookies are considered malicious spyware. I'm not concerned with non-malicious types of cookies, but tracking cookies detected and removed by competing internet security software such as I have mentioned causes me some concern that ESET, contrary to its advertising claims, may not be effective.

    Is there a setting to increase the effectiveness of ESET SS 5 on this subject?
     
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    Marketing information indicates ESS does something, but competitor's products indicates something else.
     
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    agoretsky Eset Staff Account

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    Hello,

    Different security companies have different criteria for what they consider malicious, potentially unsafe, potentially unwanted, adware, spyware, a vulnerability, an exploit, a privacy violation and so forth.

    And, of course, not every company develops a solution for every problem.

    When a decision is not clear-cut, ESET tends to use the definitions at StopBadware as a starting point when determining when a program or website is malicious. Of course, classification often has to be handled on a case-by-case basis because of the tremendous amount of variation.

    In the case of tracking cookies, the general view around them is that while they may be unwanted, they are not malicious in the same way that a computer virus, trojan horse or worm is, and are more of a privacy issue than a malware issue. Of course, there may be benevolent cookies used on a web site that is malicious, or at least compromised, and those would be blocked for those reasons by ESET.

    In the case of browser cookies, there are a number of free solutions available, depending upon which web browser you use, as well as the proposed Do Not Track standard to address them.

    You may also find the following resources of use as well:


    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky
     
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