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    My Comment Curser ....

    I've uninstalled My Commet Curser from my computer about 5 times this week. I hate that program, but whenever I view a web site that uses customized cursers, the program installs itself back onto my computer. Is there a way to disable this program from installing itself anytime I view a site w/ custom cursers?
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    Revoke your trust of their Certificate and you will be prompted every time some site tries to install it.

    I agree with you in wanting it gone. The software is spyware and I don't visit sites that want me to install it.
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    Originally posted by W. Luke
    The software is spyware...
    By 'spyware' could you be more specific? Does it tell CometSystems what you visit or the like?

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    Comet Systems makes money by selling the surfing habits of the people who use its free software.

    They do this by collecting IP addresses and the URL's of sites visited while the software is running, which by default is from startup. Of course this is buried very deep in the EULA and doesn't really violated your privacy because IP's are way too fluid but still, I think it is a unethical practice.
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    That's good to know, not like I use it, the idea of turning my cursor into a dog or cat is horrifying!

    I don't know if I can agree with your ethics comment though, since they don't know who the IP address is and therefore have no way of directly marketing to that person, it's one of the more ethical unethical marketing schemes.

    Although the fact that they hide in the EULA is somewhat sleezy.

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    Originally posted by W. Luke
    Revoke your trust of their Certificate and you will be prompted every time some site tries to install it.
    How do you revoke the trust of their Certificate? I don't see where to do this.
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    In IE 5:

    Tools: Internet Options
    Content tab
    Certificates (button)

    I believe it is the same in IE 4, but with View: Internet Options as the first step.

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    I see that, but what am I supposed to do? I don't see a certificate listed there for Commet Curser or anything that looks remotely familiar to this.
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    Actually...
    Go to Tools->Internet Options and then to the Content tab. Click on "Publishers" and you will see a list of companies who you have certified as trustworthy. Just highlight Comet Cursor's entry and hit Remove.

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    Hrmm, I have Macromedia Inc. twice and Yahoo Inc. once. That's it. No commet curser?!?
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    Maybe you should just delete all of those. It wouldn't do any harm; it would just ask you the next time any of those companies wanted to run code on your computer. It also may be that Comet Cursor distributes its app under one of those company's names.

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    Ok. Thanks! I removed them all.
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    Ok, I did what was said in the forum, but the thing still installed itself when I went to a site that uses it. This sux!!
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    Does CC show up in the Add/Remove programs tab?

    I would write a nasty letter to the makers and get them to tell you how to completely uninstall it.

    My roommate had installed that one time on my computer and I nearly went through the roof. He also contines to install that piece of crap software Yahoo IM. THen I come right behind him and uninstall it. It really pisses me off and I keep hoping he'll notice that it's gone but he keeps doing it.
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    Originally posted by creole
    It really pisses me off and I keep hoping he'll notice that it's gone but he keeps doing it.
    Why don't you just tell him not to install it? If he's too dumb to listen either revoke his computer priviledges or set the Yahoo IM URL as a restricted site in IE (hopefully he's too dumb to figure out what you did).

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    Creole, Yes, Comet Curser is in Add/Rem programs tab. But I uninstalled it from there about 5 times now I uninstalled, rebooted (it makes you), cleared out the Certificated in IE, and rebooted again. That was a week or so ago. This morning I went to a site, and it installed itself as I loaded the site!! That thing is annoying!!
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    I don't care if he checks his email (using Yahoo), I just don't want him installing software on my computer.

    He has already given my poor computer a virus.

    Human Clay, time to email the b4stards at comet cursor and tell them to give you the solution.

    Alternately you could try scanning through your registry for references to comet cursor and/or the company name. Then just delete, delete, delete.
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    My school's network has been infested with Comet Cursor lately - each time I log on to one of our 50 or so workstations I can usually find the program has been installed (we also have tight permissions set so I'm unsure how they're managing to install it )

    I believe we have a solution worked out for uninstaling it properly but I'll have to check on that one for you - I don't do the uninstalls, they are the job of someone else


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