Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

December 12, 2005

The Hammer Blog

Allow me to point you in the direction of The Hammer Blog, a late night creation of my poker buddies Puck and Terry who were kind enough to let me on board. Whenever bad beats get you down, drop on over to The Hammer Blog and take a look at some of the crap we pull on a semi-daily basis. Then you can smile, sigh with relief, and say, "Well, at least I wasn't on the other end of THAT hand."


  • Hey Matt I was just reading your other blog and I was wondering what program you used to detect the spyware you found on your computer. I also use Adaware, Spybot, Norton, PestPatrol and ZA's version and wondered what you thought to be the best?

    By Blogger Slimeface, at 12/13/2005 1:50 PM  

  • Unfortunately, as I mentioned in that post, it wasn't detectable by any of those programs. I happened to be looking at the running processes in Task Manager when I noticed a couple which I didn't recognize. I googled it, and it came up listed as Spyware. There were removal instructions (which I never actually got to work fully, thus the reformat), and it also mentioned that currently none of the programs I had detected it. Apparently McAfee is better than Norton, but Norton had always done fine for me before, as had Adaware and Spybot. I guess I just caught a new variation before new virus definitions were out. Lucky me.

    By Blogger Matt Silverthorn, at 12/13/2005 2:35 PM  

  • I just found CounterSpy doing a google group search and it detected 2 adwares the above programs missed! Anyway, thanks for your help. Nice blog.

    By Blogger Slimeface, at 12/13/2005 2:51 PM  

  • Thanks for the compliment. I appreciate it. I will have to pick up CounterSpy myself. I'm also going to link you over on the right. If you want your real first name over there, just let me know. Otherwise, I'll just leave it as your blogspot ID.

    By Blogger Matt Silverthorn, at 12/13/2005 3:07 PM  

  • One thing I've discovered is Hijack This. It's not so much a virus protection program as it brings up a registry dialog box and allows you to delege reg entries that are obvious spyware or malware programs. Search bars, hijacked homepages, all kinds of stuff. This program rocks. Say you get hit by a bunch of redirects, dialers, and other trojans. Get out of IE, clear cache, cookies and temps, and run Hijack. Delete the reg lines that were added during the attack, reboot and continue surfing. I love this program, and I'm sure you will, too.

    By Blogger iamhoff, at 12/14/2005 2:32 PM  

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