What's up with Yahoo Anti-Spy and Bonzi Buddy?
I installed the new Yahoo toolbar with the Anti-Spy program to see if it was effective in detecting spyware and could be recommended to several of my friends who, despite my pleas, refuse to implement even the basics of Internet security (anti-virus programs, firewall programs, malware programs such as the ubiquitous Ad-Aware and Spybot). I figured that even the most inexperienced of PC users could at least use this program to help manage their spyware infestations!
This is the third time the Yahoo Anti-Spy program has detected Bonzi Buddy on my system. I installed the "New and Improved" Anti-Spy toolbar when it was first introduced and ran the Anti-Spy program, which detected Bonzi Buddy. I deleted the malware and went about my business, reasoning that everyone using Windows gets hit by crud eventually, although repeated scans with Ad-Aware, Spybot, and A2 had turned up nary a trace of our little purple friend.
Several weeks later, I did a "clean install", and during the course of restoring my programs, I reinstalled the Yahoo toolbar. I ran the Anti-Spy program. Again Bonzi Buddy was detected, and again I hit "Remove", thinking that perhaps I had acquired BB when I installed iTunes (IIRC, I had read somewhere that at one point, iTunes came "bundled" with malware such as BB). Again, scans with Ad-Aware, Spybot, and A2 showed no signs of "infection" with Bonzi Buddy, only the Yahoo Anti-Spy scan showed "positive results".
Today I read that Yahoo Anti-Spy was updated to Version 1.10, so I downloaded the update, hit "Scan", and...lo and behold...Bonzi Buddy!!!
I am obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I am beginning to become suspicious of this Anti-Spy program. Every time I have installed or updated this program, it has come up positive for BB on the first scan after reinstallation or updating. As I stated, numerous scans with Ad-Aware, Spybot, and A2 have not shown BB anywhere to be found on my computer.
Has anyone else who has used this program encountered this problem? I rarely use IE. I prefer to use Firefox, so I rarely use this (Yahoo Anti-Spy) program, since it is integrated into the toolbar which is only useable in IE.
Here is a screen shot of Yahoo Anti-Spy detecting Bonzi Buddy on my system that AFAIK, is spyware/malware free:
Apologies for the large size of the picture, as I have no way to resize it.
Picture too big for forum...click on link. Jacee