These rogue anti-spyware programs seem to multiply like rabbits. Just 2 days ago I wrote about Spy-Shield, an anti-spware app that installs adware from BestOffersNetwork Then yesterday SunbeltBLOG featured another new rogue anti-spyware app named BraveSentry.
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Yesterday I found a Google AdWords ad (using the words Spy Sweeper) for a new anti-spyware app called Spy-Shield. It looked suspicious right away because the homepage shows a supposed scan in progress that appears to find spyware.
As promised a few days ago, I finally got a virtual machine upgraded to Service Pack 2 for testing Windows Defender Beta 2. For the sake of convenience, I'll refer to it as WD for most of this post.
Editor's Note, 2/17/10: See The Olympic skier known as 'spam king' for more recent coverage of Dale Begg-Smith.The Australian press is taking a dim view of Dale Begg-Smith's history of questionable online activities.
I blogged last week about Windows Defender and complained about PCMag.com's review. I said I'd test Defender against some real spyware, not just 6 commercial keyloggers. The next day I started to install Windows Defender on one of my virtual machines. It was a no go because... my VM is running Windows XP with no service packs and Windows Defender requires Service Pack 2.
This came in my Google news alerts today. Media Girl blogged that the Minnesota Republican Party is distributing CDs asking voters about their views on gay marriage but that CD is collecting data from members and transmitting it back to the Minnesota GOP.
This looks to be a great event and I wish I was going to be there, but I don't think that will happen. Details here.
Last week 180solutions was in the news again due to another nonconsensual installation discovered and blogged by Ben Edelman. I wrote about it here and here but didn't get a chance (due to traveling again) to blog the rest of the story.
Are rootkits always unacceptable? People are asking that question with increasing frequency and many are answering yes.
36 minutes and still scanning... I finally installed Windows Defender tonight.