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A program that searches out Trojan Horses and cleans them from your system.

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      16.01.2002 00:06
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      Chances are if you download programs and files from the Internet and/or from file sharing programs you will be aware of the importance of making sure you have adequate Virus protection. However many people are still not aware that they should also use something to check for Trojans also. The Cleaner is widely regarded as one of the best products to use in order to detect these Trojans, I will explain further about the product in this opinion. First of all: I already use a fully up to date Virus checker, why use a Trojan cleaner also? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Some Trojans will be picked up by conventional Virus Checking software but, only a small percentage will be, and those will generally be the better-known types. As such a Trojan scanner is in my opinion an indispensable utility to use. What differentiates a Virus from a Trojan? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well both can do extreme damage to your computer that is for certain. The differences tend to be that Trojans don't replicate themselves such as viruses do. Instead they are often hidden inside other pieces of often-benign software, which is where they gained the names Trojans; as in the Trojan Horse of Troy. A type of Trojan for example could be a program obtained from a file-sharing program such as Morpheus that purports to get rid of Computer Viruses. Instead of doing this, it will instead introduce a Trojan into the system. Trojans have numerous effects, more of which shall be covered later in this opinion via use of examples. Why use The Cleaner then? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I believe that The Cleaner is the best Trojan scanner and cleaner available. It is constantly being updated and is easy to use and can be used to scan on right click and selection demand rather than constantly monitoring your computer. Though the latter is still an option if you prefer it. Insta lling The Cleaner ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Installing The Cleaner is simplicity in itself; simply double click on the setup icon. Then follow any prompts. The Cleaner installed and ran without a hitch on both my old Operating System Windows 98 and my new one Windows XP Professional. The Interface of The Cleaner ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The interface that The Cleaner uses is simple and is very easy to use. All options are fully labeled and have icons. Setting up your desired options ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ General ~~~~~~ Simply clicking on the options setting icon or taskbar menu will give you another box with several options, which are: ~Show splash screen at startup ~ - Simply whether you want The Cleaner picture to show on startup, you can turn this off if needs be without any side effects ~Scan Floppy Drive at startup ~ - If you don't use Floppy Disks then you can turn this option off. Even if you do I recommend you disable this as it can prove an annoyance ~Run TCActive at startup ~ - Enables you to turn on or off TCActive on System Startup; I will explain more about this setting in the relevant section ~Run TCMonitor at startup ~ as with TCActive I will explain further in the relevant section Scanning ~~~~~~~ This section enables you to choose file types that should be ignored when scanning. I recommend that *.mp3 is not scanned, as these types of files are not executable and as such can't transmit viruses or Trojans. This will save a small amount of time off scanning, however if you are unsure then don't change any option within this section. ~Scan inside compressed files~ This is an option that should be enabled if you would prefer maximum protection, this will come at the cost of a loss of speed when scanning however, as The Cleaner will scan within every compressed file archive. ~Scan fo r hidden executables~ This is again something that should be enabled, as it will scan for well-hidden executable files, however again this comes at the cost of a speed loss. Cleaning ~~~~~~~ ~Make a backup instead of removing files~ Will make a backup of any files it considers may contain a Trojan and will enable you to keep it for further examination. This is helpful in the very rare case that you may get a false positive Trojan warning. It is theoretically possible that it could delete a file that doesn't even contain a Trojan, thus ruining the file. As stated however this is very rare, and is an inherent risk with every virus checker and Trojan checker. ~Automatically clean Trojans after scan~ Recommend saying yes, but it's your choice. Logging ~~~~~~ This section enables you to keep logs of what activities The Cleaner has done. You can choose where the log file is kept and keep a limit as to its size. Update ~~~~~ Gives you an option to check for updates automatically at startup, I disable this, as I dislike programs nagging me. However if you are the forgetful kind of person who likes being nagged, this option will be to your liking and as such should be enabled. There is also an option to change your Proxy, this is irrelevant to most Internet Users and unless you know that you definitely use a Proxy server shouldn't be messed around with. There is also an Update icon on The Cleaners main interface, which should be selected whilst you are online; this will launch Moolive, which will check for any updates to The Cleaner. You are recommended to do this at least once per week. Update files are usually very small. Scanning ~~~~~~~ After configuring your options, I would advise that you check for updates using the update manager first. Then you have two windows; one will list all the drives on your machine. You can select any of these drives to scan by ticking the box next to it. Scanning will commence and will scan for Trojans at the rate of 80,000 scans per second, according to the help file. I can certainly concur with this, it is fast. It is also very effective and if you have a Trojan you can be pretty much assured that the Cleaner will root out the little bugger and exterminate it. Please Note: Virus checkers should be temporarily disabled whilst the Trojan Scan is happening, as not disabling it can cause problems such as very slow scanning. Help ~~~ Simple help file, with comprehensive information about using The Cleaner and all functions and features contained within it. For advanced users, there are also some command line parameters you can use to add The Cleaner to a scheduling program. Details of these are contained within the help file. Trojan List ~~~~~~~~ A list of all the types of Trojan that The Cleaner detects. Descriptions are available for each simply by clicking on the name, some examples of Trojans that are listed in this Database are: FireKiller - Tries to remove all major anti-virus and windows firewall products and damage their installations so that they require a re-install. ISP Dialer - Downloads software that will use your phone line and run up charges Death Penalty Suite - (a list of effects below) Electric Chair.EXE - Deletes all .EXE files in C:\WINDOWS IownzYOU.EXE - Damages the registry. KILLREG.EXE - Deletes SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT Poison Gas.exe - Adds a line to autoexec.bat, which formats the HD on restart. SystemCrasher.exe - Deletes win.ini, win.com and autoexec.bat TKO'd.exe - Causes the computer to constantly reboot. Those are just a small example of the types of Trojan that are contained within this database and that are detected by The Cleaner. The Database also states what type of Trojan it is, such as: Annoying, Destructive, Server etc TCActive ~~~~~~~ This is a program that is included with The Cleaner and can be kept running in the background. If it detects a Trojan trying to run it will alert you via a pre-configured sound alert. It is recommend by the manufacturer that you run this, but I feel that if you practice self hex and scan all the files anyway once downloaded this is unnecessary. Further details regarding this program are contained in the help file; to explain them in this opinion would be unnecessary. Suffice to say, they aren't needed much. TCMonitor ~~~~~~~~~ This is much more helpful than TCActive. However I would recommend that this is only used by more advanced users. It will sound an alarm upon any changes to the system registry. However novice users could end up confused and fearful as registry changes happen all of the time with normal usage, such as installing and uninstalling programs etc. An interesting feature upon running this though, is that it will offer to repair file associations. If the registry has become corrupted or associations have become corrupted for one reason or another this utility will attempt to correct them all. Also something that should also merit further mention, is the Script disabler, this will disable all scripts when surfing the web: " TCMonitor can disable JavaScript and VBScript if you choose to do so. That will help prevent trojans that use these scripts." - A quote from the readme file. However not all scripts are malicious so this could have a detrimental effect on usage. However no harm will be done by enabling this, if it does inhibit your usage of certain sites then you can simply disable it. How to obtain The Cleaner ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can download it from many sites, however due to the nature of this program it makes sense to onl y download it from known reputable ones. http://www.moosoft.com is the official site. The Cleaner is free for 30 days usage, if you don't register after the 30 days the program will not work again until you register. So at that point it would be advisable to either register or uninstall it. Prices at the time of writing were $29.95 ? support as well as unlimited updates are included in that price. I hope that this review has been helpful, if I have missed anything out that you would like to know, then by all means please ask me via the feedback section, Thanks for reading Kev

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        10.05.2001 05:35
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        Trojan horse attacks pose one of the most serious threats to computer security. It gained its name from a legend that the Greeks won a war by hiding in a big wooden horse to get into some fortified city. In computer terms a Trojan horse is defined as a malicious, security breaking program that is disguised, such as a screen saver, game, or program, to get inside your computer. You might have heard of the 'Love Bug' last year (2000)?, well that was a trojan..!! Unlike viruses, a trojan does not spread itself across to other files in your computer, but they are just as destructive! For all you know you could be downloading an anti-virus program, instead its a program that fills your computer up with all sorts of viruses. Or when you connect to the Net a program can run itself in the back ground and sending out all your passwords to someone!! Trojans can: * Erase or Modify files. * Steal your passwords. * Allow a user (who could be anywhere in the world) to take over your computer, basically he can do anything you can do (such as view your emails/files, run other programs, shut down your computer etc). * It can also spread itself by sending itself to all the people in your address book. Some popular anti-virus programs can pick up the more popular trojans, but NOT all. First step of avoiding in getting a trojan on your computer, is never accept files from other people who you dont trust over the Internet. However, even files that your friends send, unknown to them, can have a trojan. Trojans can be attached to other harmless programs and they split from that file once it has been run. So therefore you can never be sure of a file, so the next best method is installing an 'anti-trojan' program. The Cleaner is such a program, it works like any anti-virus program. It's very user friendly, you dont need to do anything, just hit the scan butto n and let it find and wipe out any trojans on your computer. It will show you the list of trojans it finds and then with a smile you can terminate them all..!! It has an optional real-time detector, which will be monitoring in the background, so if you run a suspicious file, you will be warned straight away. The file would be stopped from running and you have the option of deleting it OR removing the trojan from a harmless program. It has an auto-update facility, where you can download the latest trojan definitions as well as any new updates for the program. If you have Norton Anti-virus, you will notice the similarity in the way it works. The Cleaner is 100% trojan horse detection and removal program. It is NOT an anti-virus (yes, there is a difference), so therefore it wont detect any viruses!!

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          18.03.2001 21:35
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          Its that dreaded word "Trojan" and "Oh no" which seem to come out all in one sentence but with Moosoft the cleaner we need no longer fear the "Oh no". This nice small download took me a few moments to install and check my hard drive for signs of any Trojans and it came back with no trojans found. I like this gem piece of software for its K.I.S.S (keep it short and sweet) approach to hidden horse hunting trojans. a real must have.

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            01.03.2001 21:42
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            If anyone out there has ever fallen foul to hackers and had the misfortune of having a Trojan (described later in opinion) left on their system, then they will know the damage that can be done by these nasty little things. Well anyway, I use a nifty little program called “The Cleaner”, what this program basically does is as the title suggest, it cleans any Trojans that some unscrupulous hacker may have left on your system. What is a Trojan? Some of you may ask, well basically it is a file that is left on your computer by hackers that gives them control of your computer and can actually act as a server between yours and their computers whenever you are online, and unless you are using a firewall like Zone Alarm they can do virtually anything they wish, without you even noticing, they can rob passwords, bank details, personal info, etc or they can actually format or destroy you hard-drives, as well as download undesirable things onto your computer like porn pictures, viruses, etc. That’s where “The Cleaner” comes in, alls you do is run this program whenever you have been using the internet, and it will scan through your hard drives, to see if any of the Trojans in its database can be found, if it finds them, it will alert you and delete them appropriately. The Cleaner has a decent size database of Trojans, and can be updated very quickly, whenever you are surfing the internet, this is very important, as there are new Trojans being created daily, so please make sure you update very regularly. Although I must add, The Cleaner as well as any similar program will no doubt have Trojans that it will not find, but it is about the best out there. Also included with “The Cleaner” is another useful program called “TCActive”, as long as you have this running, whilst using the Internet, it will stop any Trojans, being downloaded on to your system. You can find “ The Cleaner” at “http://www.moosoft.com” and it is a shareware program, so you can use it freely until your 30-day trial period runs out, then you have to register for the lifetime use of it, it will probably set you back about £20, but what’s £20 when you can be assured that no nasty Trojan is running on your system causing havoc? I would strongly advise anyone to download this program, even if its just for the trial period, as you never know what is on your system, as Trojans are virtually untraceable, even with virus killers like Norton’s anti-virus, etc, and they can be very dangerous and destructive.

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              06.02.2001 23:26
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              I had my computer hacked a few months ago and as i am not exactly a computer genius i was wondering why everytime i logged onto the internet this same hacker knew i was online. I then found out it is because he/she had installed a Trojan Horse onto my computer and everytime i logged onto the internet he/she was informed. I tried to run a virus scan but when it found the trojan it said it couldn't remove it. Then i found The Cleaner, this easy to download and install programme will find almost any Trojan Horse there is and succesfully remove it. It also has a usefull list of all trojans with a description of what each one will do to your computer if gone undetected. With new Trojans being detected each day, The Cleaner's database is updated regularly in order to help you more. I consider myself lucky that i was hacked by what i would say a beginner, but without a good firewall and the cleaner who knows what could happen to your computer. This is a must have on your computer if you want your information and computer safe.

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