Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Jason Perlow

Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

Latest Posts

New rogue anti-spyware and SpySheriff clone

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.

March 9, 2006 by Suzi Turner

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Windows Defender Beta 2 vs. 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.

March 6, 2006 by Suzi Turner


Australian press on Dale Begg-Smith and spyware

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.

March 4, 2006 by Suzi Turner

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Windows Defender annoyances

I blogged last week about Windows Defender and complained about'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.

March 1, 2006 by Suzi Turner


GOP does rootkit? No, but...

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.

March 1, 2006 by Suzi Turner


NYU spyware workshop

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.

February 28, 2006 by Suzi Turner


180solutions wrap up

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.

February 27, 2006 by Suzi Turner