Spyware downloads .NET

Spyware downloads .NET

Summary: According to this post at Vital Security, a component of spyware BroadcastPC causes the download and installation of Microsoft's .NET Framework.

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According to this post at Vital Security, a component of spyware BroadcastPC causes the download and installation of Microsoft's .NET Framework. Being that the Framework is 65MB, this download becomes much more noticeable than the surreptitious advertisement downloads initiated by other spyware. I assume that BroadcastPC engineers started messing around with Microsoft's new programming structure and built a .NET component. But the .NET Framework isn't deployed to all Windows PCs just yet, so a component that needs it might initiate the download as part of Windows update. Also, I found this post by reading Sunbeltblog. This blog is written by staff members of Sunbelt Software, the company that makes iHateSpam and Counterspy, two effective tools to stop spam and spyware, respectively. I've met with some of the people from Sunbelt Software, and I was impressed by their passion for their work.

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  • Not 65 MB...

    I think the .NET framework download is somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-30 MB, not 65...
    PB_z
    • Does that include patches? (nt)

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      Michael Kelly
      • Download sizes

        .NET Framework 1.1: 23698 KB
        http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=262d25e3-f589-4842-8157-034d1e7cf3a3&displaylang=en

        .NET Framework 1.1 SP1: 10453 KB
        http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a8f5654f-088e-40b2-bbdb-a83353618b38&displaylang=en

        I'm not sure how big any additional patches are, but they certainly don't bring the total to 65 MB.
        PB_z
        • Paperghost

          I'm not sure why people don't seem to be following the article very well - I make it quite clear there that the total download size of .NET is around 23MB:

          QUOTE: "the actual size of the .NET framework to download is around 23MB, though this is still a lot of bandwidth to use up without asking."

          I do mention numerous times that, once installed, .NET balloons out to a much bigger size once up and running. The whole point of the article is that a spyware / adware install is now forcing an entire framework onto your PC (whether you wanted it or not) to run it adverts.
          paperghost
    • Right, but read his blog...

      PaperGhost says in his blog:

      "65Mb of Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 was downloaded and installed without asking permission, or even indicating that such a download was underway.... (the actual size of the .NET framework to download is around 23MB, though this is still a lot of bandwidth to use up without asking. In addition, the size of the .NET framework to download can vary drastically depending on what extras you have - don't forget the service packs, SP1 is an extra 10 or so MB in size. But I'm actually understating the amount of space used when installed, as .NET can total up to 100MB)."
      alexeck_z