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Security on a game website .

I downloaded a game for my mother called j-ball after the classic game called Jezzball.
When I download from the site http://www.justfreegames.com/justfreegames_game_jezzball.php
the game j-ball  I got what a tech at Cox high speed my provider said was a bug ? I have a firewall i.e. ZoneAlarm and Avg antivirus and it triggered my avg antivirus and I deleted the file but it corrupted my winsock files and they had to be removed and replaced problem solved.
How do I protect myself from getting a so called BUG when downloading a simple game like j-ball or when downloading something else ??
Thanks
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bangdon12
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r-kCommented:
There is no guaranteed way to prevent that, other than not downloading free games off the net. However, you can improve your odds by installing an anti-spyware program on your PC. The one that I recommend is also free, Microsoft Anti-Spyware. You can get it from:

 http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

Be sure to enable its real-time protection feature.

Good luck.
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bangdon12Author Commented:
Hi `thanks for your reply to my question . I have it on my system but Im using windows 98 sec. edition and it doesnt work its only for xp and 2000 so because it was a free game I got this bug ? It seems it could be on other sites too . Thanks for the link Im currently finding out if my mother has it on her xp already and if so it didnt mater . It seems soon that just going to a web site they could put a bug on your system ? Your thoughts ? Is there antibug software available ??
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r-kCommented:
Yes, there are others that will run on Win/98 (BTW, anti-bug is same as anti-spyware/worm/adware, the new consensus seems to be to call it "malware" or "spyware". The difference from a traditional "virus" is that viruses typically infect existing files or programs, while "malware" is more elaborate and can install a whole bunch of new files on your disk. "Malware" is often more aggressive and can spread to/from your computer without your knowledge, and create a lot of network traffic).

The two best-know free anti-malware programs for Win/98 are:

 Spybot from http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
 Adaware Personal Edition from http://tinyurl.com/5kgsl 

You can try one or both of those (I prefer Spybot by a slight margin). Be sure to do an update over the network after installing and then scan your entire disk the first time, just to be sure.

Not all free games cause a problem. You just have to be careful, that's all. Don't download something without reading the small print. Often they will tell you in the "license agreement" which nobody reads, that you "give them permissions to track your usage pattern and provide other marketing info.." or something like that.

Good luck.
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bangdon12Author Commented:
Thanks I have had Spybot for years and I always check to make sure I have latest update and I have had adware to and update too . I guess I have to read maybe the small print thats Not going to happen funny buying my house I didnt see as much legel crap as when a person download these things . In fact I have bought games that have virus on it ! Im surprised that there is not prtotection against this . Spybot didnt help in this case as soon as I downloaded the game bingo problems started changed my winsock configuration ! Then having to delete from registry and reload winsock again with Tech help . And messed up my mothers computer having XP . Nasty one beware all of  http://www.justfreegames.com/justfreegames_game_jezzball.php
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