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jinx
03-19-2002, 04:15 PM
Has any one ever heard of Comet Cursor?

Brian
03-19-2002, 04:20 PM
It is spyware.

www.lavasoft.de
http://www.valatka.com/advice001.htm
http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/stories/story/0,10738,2677247,00.html

[EDIT] Ad-aware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/aaw.html

novacain
03-20-2002, 03:35 AM
From the links, which one does not work well with Netscape, the next seems like and ad for ad aware and the third which says

>>As for the spyware allegations, they're not true. Such reports amounted to nothing more than one of those urban legends that circulate around the Web. While its software does tell its server someone has seen one of its custom cursors -- they get paid based on these impressions -- it doesn't send any identifying information about the user back to the company.

jinx
03-20-2002, 06:30 PM
How can I remove it from my system. I pops up in the registry, I deleted it from all of my *.ini files, uninstalled it, Shift+Deleted it from the Program files. I swear its like a freekin' virus.

ihsir
03-20-2002, 08:44 PM
do a search in the reg for it and del every instance

or use ADWARE the 1st link Brian gave

jdinger
03-20-2002, 10:16 PM
I hadn't given it much thought before now but I'm glad you guy's mentioned it here. I'm a network admin for about 120 systems and (thankfully) only 3 or 4 of my end-users use Comet Cursor. I hadn't really dug into it before.

Guess I get to go uninstall some puppy-dog (etc) cursors tomorrow.

Brian
03-21-2002, 12:49 AM
Originally posted by novacain
From the links, which one does not work well with Netscape, the next seems like and ad for ad aware and the third which says

>>As for the spyware allegations, they're not true. Such reports amounted to nothing more than one of those urban legends that circulate around the Web. While its software does tell its server someone has seen one of its custom cursors -- they get paid based on these impressions -- it doesn't send any identifying information about the user back to the company.

First link, Lavasoft.de is the company which makes the free software, "ad-aware" this program removes spyware programs such as gator and comet cursor.

The second link was someone's opinion on Comet Cursor
The third link was someone else's [different] opinion [i tried to get a balanced view]

ober
03-21-2002, 07:04 AM
Originally posted by Brian


First link, Lavasoft.de is the company which makes the free software, "ad-aware" this program removes spyware programs such as gator and comet cursor.

That is an EXCELLENT little piece of software.. i shoulda recommended it but i didn't know the website... good one