How do I keep Spyware (Silverlight) off my computer?

September 26, 2013 at 09:43:54
Specs: Windows Vista
Silverlight keeps installing even after I remove it. I assume some program dealing with my media server requires it, I am not sure. I am always on the lookout for software programs either from Google, MS, or other providers that deliberately allows a "back door" to my system for NSA spies. A lot of this stuff is “spyware” or “fishing” programs for corporations, in that they accumulate data on your on-line habits, where you shop on line, and which websites you visit most. Even your emails, and posts such as on You Tube, Face Book, and My Space, are monitored by Google (NSA).

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#1
September 26, 2013 at 13:05:29
Unless you have some other 'silverlight' it doesn't seem to be spyware. Here's some info on removing it:

https://support.netflix.com/en/node...


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#2
September 26, 2013 at 14:37:37
Bogus programs are always possible but genuine Silverlight is a Microsoft program.

Helpers on here are of-course well aware of most of the general points you made.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
September 26, 2013 at 18:15:32
I have done the removal procedure several times, and it keeps coming back. How do I know? Because when I shut down my computer, then start it up again, it has re-installed Silverlight. Then I get a popup stating that new updates are available. The update is a security update for Silverlight.

I am not saying my system doesn't need Silverlight for some reason, it just seems that I cannot control my own system. It should be my choice as to install it or not. Not being able to permanently remove a program bothers me. No explanation from MS as to why I need it and why it still continues to install itself against my wishes. If it is needed for some reason, I deserve an explanation as to why!


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#4
September 26, 2013 at 19:14:42
I expect you've already seen this but just in case:
http://superuser.com/questions/4351...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
September 26, 2013 at 20:03:34
Yeah, the microsoft link there looks like it's what you need. Apparently the regular method to uninstall doesn't get it all cleaned out.

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#6
September 26, 2013 at 21:42:48
Hi Roland369
I have found that the best FREE removal tool is Revo uninstaller:
http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo...
That will remove all instances of whatever you uninstall....

HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions


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#7
September 27, 2013 at 15:13:33
Roland369

Regarding Revo, I've used the program many times with success but would make this point:

Take care if using the advanced cleaning (registry) if you have more than one program from "a particular supplier". I used it to remove a program and it promptly messed up one of their others. Never tried it on MS Silverlight but as MS figures throughout your computer it could cause an issue. It's probably a bit like registry cleaners, you might use them fine for years then suddenly they get it wrong.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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