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« on: December 23, 2009, 01:53:47 AM »
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I find my boss installed email spy on my computer to monitor my incoming and outgoing emails,that is unacceptabler!iIwant to bypass this software or remove it,but i don't know how to do,who can give me suggestion?
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2009, 05:35:38 AM »
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I find my boss installed email spy on my computer to monitor my incoming and outgoing emails,that is unacceptabler!iIwant to bypass this software or remove it,but i don't know how to do,who can give me suggestion?

Spybot S&D and/or Adaware should get rid of it.

Please note that some "free" software requires spyware to remain installed on the computer, otherwise it will stop functioning. So if you've recently installed some ad-driven "free" package, check their TOS before deleting the spyware.
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2009, 09:36:44 AM »
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I find my boss installed email spy on my computer to monitor my incoming and outgoing emails,that is unacceptabler!iIwant to bypass this software or remove it,but i don't know how to do,who can give me suggestion?

If the computer is provided by your employer, your boss has every right to put whatever "spyware" he wishes on company property. Legally, it is in his best interests to do so, so that if you were to use a company computer to view child porn or engage in other illegal activities, (a common problem for employers) that he would be able to cooperate with the investigation and avoid the company itself becoming a target of criminal prosecution. If you remove the software, you may be violating the terms of the agreement you have with your employer regarding the use of company computers, and you could be fired from your job without any legal recourse on your part.

If the computer is your personal property, then your boss probably has no legal right to put any software on it, and doing so without your consent may be a criminal act.

Think carefully before doing anything.
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2009, 09:44:34 AM »
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If the computer is provided by your employer, your boss has every right to put whatever "spyware" he wishes on company property. Legally, it is in his best interests to do so, so that if you were to use a company computer to view child porn or engage in other illegal activities, (a common problem for employers) that he would be able to cooperate with the investigation and avoid the company itself becoming a target of criminal prosecution. If you remove the software, you may be violating the terms of the agreement you have with your employer regarding the use of company computers, and you could be fired from your job without any legal recourse on your part.

If the computer is your personal property, then your boss probably has no legal right to put any software on it, and doing so without your consent may be a criminal act.

Think carefully before doing anything.

I tend to agree.  You are on a slippery slope here.  Most employers don't mind some minor personal use of their machines, but by removing something like this, you give the impression you have something to hide.  Furthermore, I would never put anything in email/writing that I wouldn't want the whole world to see.  If you need to do otherwise, that is what face-to-face or telephone is for.
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2009, 10:42:14 AM »
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You need to talk to your boss.  You might be on thin ice and removal of the software might be enough to have you punted.
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2009, 02:48:49 PM »
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Email Spy says it can intercept Hotmail and Yahoo mail, maybe there are other web based email services it can't deal with.  I heard somewhere there are web based companies that specialize in downloading email from you normal account and converting it to innocuous web format.

Other than that, uninstall your boss.
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2009, 11:02:35 PM »
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best way to remove spyware, as it is really insidious in most cases, is to catch it before it starts up. look into the use of the command "msconfig" be careful though, using msconfig can really mess with services that are suppose to run at startup.
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2009, 12:45:13 AM »
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Just don't do any real email or chatting at work.

The lest anyone there knows about you, the better if it's that paranoid of an environment.
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2009, 08:09:10 PM »
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Tks for all advice ,I can not resign,so i think i should choose another way to communicate or no chatting on the work
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2009, 09:39:49 PM »
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Get a smart phone. Keep all of your personal e-mail on there.

Turn off "wifi" on the phone so that none of the traffic goes through your employers networks.

Do any web browsing on the phone.  Keep your work computer strictly for work e-mail and work use.  Keep the work e-mails professional and to a minimum, just to be safe. Things can be misconstrued.

Sounds like a potentially harsh work environment, especially if you are a professional or a developer with a wide range of interests.

The problem is that the CEO and everyone around you may be surfing the same web sites or sending the same jokes via e-mail that you are.  But they can use any "violations" of company policy to terminate you, even if they want to get rid of you for other reasons. That way they don't risk discrimination lawsuits, etc.

Good luck!

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