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  1. Due to negligence by it's owner, the once great and mighty spywareinfo.com, has been lost as a trusted source for any type of malware info or removal. It was put up for auction and bought by: Registrant: Moniker Privacy Services 20 SW 27th Ave. Suite 201 Pompano Beach, FL 33069 United States Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com) Domain Name: SPYWAREINFO.COM Created on: 25-Oct-01 Expires on: 25-Oct-09 Last Updated on: 09-Dec-08 Administrative Contact: Admin, DNS [email protected] Moniker Privacy Services 20 SW 27th Ave. Suite 201 Pompano Beach, FL 33069 United States 4843219180 Fax -- Technical Contact: Admin, DNS [email protected] Moniker Privacy Services 20 SW 27th Ave. Suite 201 Pompano Beach, FL 33069 United States 4843219180 Fax -- Domain servers in listed order: NS1.PARKINGPANEL.COM NS2.PARKINGPANEL.COM Info provided by hpHosts Online Additional miscreants on same IP: 1 acetraining.com EMD Details 2 admin.instme.biz EMD Details 3 asianwestboy.com EMD Details 4 azazz.com EMD Details 5 bananavids.com EMD Details 6 berkley.com EMD Details 7 boricuasonline.com EMD Details 8 lustboyvideo.com EMD Details 9 park.parkingpanel.com GRM Details 10 sex-festival.com EMD Details 11 spywareinfo.com FSA Details 12 swordplay.com EMD Details 13 winspywarescanner.com EMD Details 14 wotevamale.com EMD Details 15 <a href="hxxp://www.berkley.com" target="_blank">http://www.berkley.com</a> EMD Details 16 <a href="hxxp://www.ebdw.com" target="_blank">http://www.ebdw.com</a> EMD Details 17 <a href="hxxp://www.forced-guys.com" target="_blank">http://www.forced-guys.com</a> EMD Details 18 <a href="hxxp://www.searchcluster.com" target="_blank">http://www.searchcluster.com</a> EMD Details 19 <a href="hxxp://www.spywareinfo.com" target="_blank">http://www.spywareinfo.com</a> FSA Details 20 <a href="hxxp://www.sunnyvirgins.com" target="_blank">http://www.sunnyvirgins.com</a> Source:hpHosts Users are cautioned to delete all older bookmarks and use the new domain: SpywareInfoForums.info
  2. What's New: Explorer Integration of PLUS InfoOne of the main features of WinPatrol PLUS is the ability to look up information for strange filenames. We now have over 19 thousand descriptions available in a form that mere humans can understand. Our new WinPatrol now adds the ability to research programs to any executable on your system directly from Windows Explorer. Quicker Access to PLUS Info In previous versions of WinPatrol we shipped PLUS descriptions on some of the most popular file requests. As our database grew and things changed it became obvious that we would never be installing our entire database on local machines. Our new version removes the check for local PLUS data saving you from unnecessary access to your hard drive and speeds up access to our online database Bug Fix: Firefox 3 Cookies At this time WinPatrol hasn't been updated to manage cookies in Firefox 3. Cookies in Firefox 3 use a database method called SQlite which is completely different then its old plain cookies.txt file. We've removed the option if Firefox 3 or greater is detected so there is no confusion. Bug Fix: AppInit_DLL One rarely used startup location frequently used by malware is a registry key AppInit_DLL found at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows. This key is now also used by security programs as way to hide from users and malware. WinPatrol has always monitored this location successfully but recently the over use of this location helped us find a bug in the way we parsed this key. Users of Kaspersky Internet Security were the first to discover this problem because KIS 2009 actually stores four separate DLL's in this location. In previous versions of WinPatrol Scotty would barf on three files or more. International versions will be available the holiday weekend. If you already have a language pack installed you can however just download the english build. If you have to ask if you’re an Enterprise customer you’re not. Thank you for your support! WinPatrol Upgrade Page
  3. Pretty fair amount of improvements if you're a non IE user and supposedly there are many more but they chose not to list them all. The new GUI is indeed an improvement over the other. Always a good product.
  4. SpywareBlaster 4.0 has been released! Prevent the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software! New in this version: Full Vista support Protection for Netscape Protection for Seamonkey Protection for Flock A brand-new user interface Various feature and protection enhancements Further optimizations to every part of the program And lots of other bug fixes and requested tweaks Provides Protection for the Following BrowsersInternet Explorerand any browsers that use the Internet Explorer engine, including: AOL web browser Avant Browser Slim Browser Maxthon (formerly MyIE2) Also:Mozilla Firefox Netscape Seamonkey Flock This 4.0 release provides enhanced protection, performance, and bug fixes. UPDATING OPTIONS IN SPYWAREBLASTER SpywareBlaster still offers the built-in Check for Updates feature. This feature is completely free and allows you to keep up-to-date by clicking on a button in the SpywareBlaster interface. SpywareBlaster also offers SpywareBlaster AutoUpdate - a brand-new updating solution. Just set it up, and AutoUpdate will check at every system boot for the latest updates and enable the newest protection (other options are available). As much as we would like to provide auto-updating functionality for free, costs are simply too great to make it feasible. AutoUpdate functionality is $9.95 (US) per year, which helps to cover the bandwidth costs. The Check for Updates function remains completely free, as does SpywareBlaster. You only need to pay if you wish to have the extra convenience of AutoUpdate. SpywareBlaster is freeware. Download the latest version here We recommend using a clean install to upgrade to the 4.0 release. Clean Install Instructions: Open SpywareBlaster and press the "Disable All Protection" link under "Quick Tasks". Close SpywareBlaster. Go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall the entry named "SpywareBlaster v3.5.1" Download the latest SpywareBlaster installer from here Follow prompts to install
  5. Ask Toolbar ToolbarSettings ActiveX Control Buffer Overflow Secunia Advisory More on this: Secunia Advisory: SA26960 Release Date: 2007-09-25 Last Update: 2007-09-28 Critical: Highly critical Impact: System access Where: From remote Solution Status: Unpatched Secunia Source: Corrine @ Security Garden Reason for posting this? See BillP, Developer Of WinPatrol Won't Sell Out, Zone Alarms Unwanted But 'Installed-By-Default' Toolbar and Well, this is interesting
  6. Always happy to supply things from Bill, he keeps making this tool better with every turn. It's becoming a must have tool, even more so than some anti-spyware scanners Digg It!
  7. ComboFix rips this sucker right out, seeing as it's part and parcel of SurfSideKick. I have it right now on my test box. Ewido also sees it as Surfside, finds all the files listed and quarantines them.
  8. 08/26/2006 6,577 total items in the database, 20 new. Update via the application. Be sure to enable protection for the newly added items once you update the app. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated.
  9. Details for those interested: Hijacker + ISearchTech.PowerScan Malware + PestTrap + Search.AnyOfUs + Zlob.HostsKill + Zlob.Inverse + Smitfraud-C. (2) + CashDeluxe + Vcodec.Intcodec + Vcodec.eMedia + WinFixer2005 + ErrorSafe + Winsoftware.WinAntiVirusPro2006 + Zlob.HomepageMonitor Spyware + Targetsaver Trojan + Fraud.ProtectionBar + Zlob.IERedir + Vcodec + SpyQuake2 + Banker.Delf + PSW.Lineage + EbayBill.F + Win32.AdvertMen + Win32.Small.cjy + Zlob.Downloader + Zlob.XPasswordManager + Rightclick.Pcast Total: 314,623 fingerprints in 43,834 rules for 2,219 products. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here
  10. Well it would seem the gentleman (loosely used) who PG has recently outed as doing business while ignoring not one but two TOS agreements has decided to post directly to PGs blog. Surely a mistake as he wasn't aware that unlike himself and the clowns at Zango, PG has quite a useful noggin....with quite a good working brain inside of it too. So sad, it's almost unfair, kind of like pitting Bruce Lee against Hop Sing, from Bonanza. Unfair maybe, but it also makes for one hell of a show!! Read about it over at Vital Security And be sure to check out the comments for a killer video.
  11. Zango Affiliate Ignores T.O.S From MySpace AND Zango In this interview the man behind all these Zango-MySpace profiles tells all about the big money he is making. $60,000.00 per month. You read that right, $60,000. He openly states that most of his visitors are between the ages of 13 and 18. Which would preclude any of them from consenting to install the Zango software. And these kids are visiting a number of his sites. A total of eight currently, generating somewhere in the neighborhood of 70,000 hits per day It's of no wonder the guy is getting rich eh? Cause we all know how many kids read EULAs. I won't even get into actually understanding them You can read more about this enterprising young man at PG's Vital Security
  12. Warner Bros., Zango & Kiddie Porn: The Real Facts Greynet Blog
  13. Lack of action is not the same thing as policing Full Read w\screen shots @ VitalSecurity.org
  14. Warner Bros. To Cut Link With Adware Firm Zango 'Inappropriate Material' Could Reach Children By Brian Krebs Special to The Washington Post Friday, July 28, 2006 Warner Bros. Studios, home to Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo and Harry Potter, said yesterday that it plans to terminate a business relationship with Zango Inc., an adware company that has been offering free games on the Warner Bros. Web site in exchange for permission to install a computer program that could push advertisements and pornography. Zango is offering free downloads of games on a Warner Bros. Web page called "Fun Stuff" that appears to be for children. But when users click on the game, they're directed to a page that asks for permission to install on the computer a program called Zango Search Assistant. Hidden in the terms of agreement is the disclosure that users may receive adult-oriented ads through it. A Warner Bros. spokesperson could not say yesterday how soon the Zango link would be removed from the Warner Brothers site, adding that the companies were in a contractual agreement and that lawyers would have to be involved. Washinton Post Online
  15. Another chapter, this the latest in a series of amazing articles chronicling just how Zango pushes their software on MySpace. But this time we have a confirmed, (by Zango)legit email to one of thier affiliates on how to proceed and suggestions on how much to pay and how to link to other Zango sites. Things like moving gifs because according to the email, 'people love that ". And also mentioning adding in a karate guy doing flips, because it turns out that it's 'wayyyy more profitable' Here is a snippet from the email: So for all the posturing Zango has been doing you can only imagine how much this is going to twist the Zango PR guys shorts. And I bet he thought he was going to have the weekend off too. Guess again scum, because if there is one thing we all know is that Paperghost never takes time off. And is always honing his killer moves against adware bad guys. Full read w\links @ VitalSecurity
  16. Well, there isn't any evidence that the app installs anything at this time. I plan on installing it later tonite to see what if anything gets 'added' to my system No doubt others will also.
  17. Found this article from Panda, on HNS site: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=4073 http://protectionbar.com/ As usual, the site is chock full of company info and privacy polices......NOT List of other anti spyware cleaners they sell: (most already on Rogue list) WinAntiSpyware AntiVirus Golden DriveCleaner PestTrap System Doctor VirusBlast AdProtect http://protectionbar.com/remove_spyware/ Looks like a bunch of apps to add to the Rogues list.
  18. Hidden Files Scotty can now be set to monitor Hidden files in critical system areas. A new list of Hidden Files is available to help you clean up your machine. Almost all new infiltration and/or root kits will attempt hiding their files but Scotty can detect them in real-time before any serious danger can be done. While many hidden files are normal system files, the introduction of new hidden files should be questioned. Now it can be. The ability to delete hidden files will allow proper system cleanup. Right-click on the hidden file to view or delete. Date & Time Program First Detected Ever wonder when a new file was first introduced to your system? WinPatrol 10 detects and records the introduction of new program files and malware infiltrations. This new feature will allow you to detect files which have all infiltrated your system at the same time. Even if they have random file names or file names matching legitimate files you can sort files by Date Detected and Kill them all at once. Lock File Type Associations This checkbox on the Options tab will allow you to keep your desired File Type associations settings without being annoyed by persistent programs. Scotty will automatically restore your original settings. More Secret Startup Locations including WinLogon/Notify WinPatrol PLUS now monitors even more non-tradition Startup locations found in the registry. Disable unwanted programs including the Windows Genuine Advantage. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify Examples:WGALogon(Windows Genuine Advantage), GoToMyPC,Adware.Look2Me Even more information available at: WinPatrol | Download WinPatrol v10.0
  19. Court Halts Spyware Operations One Operator to Pay More Than $4 Million; Another Ordered to Stop Collecting Consumers Personal Information An operation that deceptively downloaded spyware onto unsuspecting consumers’ computers, changing their settings and hijacking their search engines, has been halted by a federal court at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. The judge has ordered the operators to give up to more than $4 million in ill-gotten gains. The court also ordered a halt to another spyware operator’s stealthy downloads and barred the collection of consumers’ personal information, pending trial. The FTC sued both operations charging that the stealthy downloads of spyware were unfair and deceptive and violated federal law. Although the companies used different techniques to direct consumers to their Web sites and implement the downloads, the FTC alleged that both operations hijacked consumers’ computers without the consumers’ knowledge or approval, secretly changed their settings, and barraged consumers with pop-up ads. The spyware and other software the defendants installed caused many computers to malfunction, slow down, or crash, causing consumers to lose data stored on their computers. The FTC alleged that Sanford Wallace and his company, Smartbot.Net, exploited a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s Web browser in order to distribute spyware. The spyware caused the CD-ROM tray on computers to open and then issued a “FINAL WARNING!!” to computer screens with a message that said, “If your cd-rom drive’s open . . .You DESPERATELY NEED to rid your system of spyware pop-ups IMMEDIATELY! Spyware programmers can control your computer hardware if you failed to protect your computer right at this moment! Download Spy Wiper NOW!” Spy Wiper and Spy Deleter, purported anti-spyware products the defendants promoted, sold for $30. In a second case, the FTC charged that Odysseus Marketing and its principal, Walter Rines, lured consumers to their Web site by advertising bogus software they claimed would allow consumers to engage in anonymous peer-to-peer file sharing. According to the FTC, the spyware and other software bundled with it hijacked search engines and reformatted search engine results, placing Rines’ clients first. The FTC recently amended its complaint, charging that the defendants also distributed their spyware by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and other applications, and that the defendants’ spyware captured consumers’ personal information, including their names, addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, Internet browsing and shopping history, and information about their online transactions. Once captured, the amended complaint alleges, the information was transmitted to defendants’ Internet servers, where they compiled the information into a database in order to sell access to the data. FTC
  20. 2006-04-07 Hijacker + CoolWWWSearch.Feat2Installer + CoolWWWSearch.Service + CoolWWWSearch.Feat2DLL Malware + AdwarePunisher ++ Anti-Virus-Pro + SpyContra + SpyAxe + SpyFalcon + SpyGuard + Winhound ++ UnSpyPc + Vcodec ++ Win32.LinkBot PUPS + SpyiBlock Trojan + Innovagest2000.1stAntiVirus + Innovagest2000.SpyDeface + Innovagest2000.XSRemover + SpywareQuake ++ SpywareXP Total: 314,668 fingerprints in 39,026 rules for 1,902 products. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. Spybot | Official Spybot Forums Spybot Support | Spybot Tutorial
  21. Thank you everyone, I appreciate the kind words. In so far as me getting MS to stop certain practices, well, I'm thnkin Bill G won't be returning my calls anytime soon.
  22. I'd point out that the author of the article, Brian Krebs has an excellent blog, called Security Fix. So this isn't really just from some newspaper looking to add any type of hysteria or of the like. Brian has great stuff regularly, and I have him on my RSS feed.
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