i got kazaa and divx and i knwo they both come with gator and gain program. the big *&^$ing problem is even after i uninstall them both the bloody &(*# wont go away!!!!can somebody help me before i go NUTS??!!!
Get a program called Ad-aware. It detects the spy softwares and you can choose to delete the files if you want. Mostly shows gator if you have them. Here is the link to download.com<BR> <A HREF="http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10121984.html?tag=lst-0-1" TARGET=_blank>http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10121984.html?tag=lst-0-1</A> <P><P>
Being unfamiliar with the ever-so-popular "bloatware" and "adware" on the PC platform, I must ask the question whether or not Norton Internet Security/Personal Firewall will block requests to/from these things?<P>Meanwhile, there is a non-gain version of DivX 5.0 available for the PC.<P>But, you could do yourself a favour, and invest a whole buttload of money on a Powermac and not have to deal with being bombarded by these privacy-invading annoyances... but then again the average PC user's comeback is "Dude, Macs sux0rs cuz they dont have CounterStrike! YU0=TEH GHEY MAC USAR!!!!!".<P>I am free at last as of two days ago, when I had found my absolute breaking point, of which my rage and frustration which had been built up over the course of the past year or so caused me to physically and rather violently dismember my 1.33GHz Athlon (P)iece of (C)rap. As an added measure to make sure that no one else would ever have to endure the bulls**t day in and day out that I had to endure in attempt to keep it running reliably for more than 1.5 months at a time, I made sure that every single part in the computer was unusuable for scavenging purposes. $1,600.00 down the toilet, yet I feel better, even though I destroyed the thing whereas I could have sold it. Oh, I lied - I did save the Maxtor 40GB 7200RPM drive though, so that I could FORMAT OVER THE INFERIOR DATA so as to add another OSX drive to one of my G4 XPC7410 709MHz-upgraded (via Peltier, Volcano 7+, and voltage boost) 1997 "Beige" G3 Powermac minitowers (four total, all have overclocked G4 7400/7410 CPUs, slowest being 600MHz upclocked w/voltage boost from 500MHz; two dual 533MHz towers w/one OC'd to dual 666 w/caches @ 222; and of course the $3,106.87 special from February 2002: dual 1GHz G4 Quicksilver tower - of course it's been OC'd to 1066 until I erase the cache speed EPROM so that dual 1200MHz will run without kernel panics). What do I do with them (not that you care - see comment about CounterStrike)??? DV editing/rendering - the fully-supported G4 upgraded 1997 ones are part of a networked "minicluster" for the purpose of farming out DV render workloads from within Final Cut Pro, Premiere, and iMovie.<P>Where was I? I find myself going off on tangents a lot lately. Oh yeah, I needed to finish my point: you could spend $1,000.00 now on a PC in addition to however much the Bill is on your way out the Gates, and then be forced to upgrade everything every three to seven months, all the time praying that everything works and if not spend countless (and counterproductive) hours troubleshooting the problems, or you could blow a huge load of cash now on a system in which everything works, upgrading is a breeze (true "plug and play" as opposed to "plug and pray"), and time spent using the computer (takes about fifteen minutes for the average PC user to familiarise themself with OS9 or OSX) is productive time. I'm not just making this s**t up, as I work for a company whose name is now associated with printers thanks to a recent merger (before our name was tied to subpar consumer PCs although 70% of our profits were had from sales of Tandem NonStop Himalaya Servers which power 9/10 of the world's stock exchanges), and in three years time we had blown close to $20,000.00 on "pro PC equipment" (now <I>there's</I> an oxymoron!) in order to do all our DV editing/rendering in-house, and the longest stretch of time they had been running without incidents was when we forgot to turn one off that was just sitting idle for three weeks, however the main one we attempted to use for said DV tasks only really ran properly for about one month at a time before Winblow$ 2K needed to be reinstalled along with all our 3rd party drivers for our thousands of dollars worth of realtime effects boards and Firewire IEEE1394 stuff.<P>OK, I'm done ranting -- have a meeting to attend (already five minutes late)!<P>-he who stacks pork<P>