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Can You Trust Your Spyware Protection ? - 5/31/2005 6:02:38 AM   
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Why Your spyware scanner may not catch some adware programs.
 
The next time you run a scan with your anti-spyware tool, it might miss some programs. Several anti-spyware firms, including Aluria, Lavasoft, and PestPatrol, have quietly stopped detecting adware from companies like Claria and WhenU--a process called delisting. Those adware companies have been petitioning anti-spyware firms to delist their software; other companies have resorted to sending cease-and-desist letters that threaten legal action.

In most cases it's difficult for customers to determine whether their anti-spyware tool has delisted anything and, if so, which adware it skips.

"When a spyware program gets delisted, users won't be aware of its presence," says Harvard law student and spyware researcher Ben Edelman. The practice, he says, "offers spyware makers a new lease on life, letting them keep users who otherwise would have removed their software."

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RE: Can You Trust Your Spyware Protection ? - 5/31/2005 6:11:03 AM   
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Now that is truely Scary.  Also, this would leave the anti-spyware companies at risk for being sued!


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RE: Can You Trust Your Spyware Protection ? - 5/31/2005 6:32:28 AM   
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Mhmmmmmmmmm, SCARY INDEED....

But since Gates constantly says M$ will fight against spammers,spyware,adware...etc....maybe it will soon be time to go with the M$ flow again....and dump those Aluria&Lavasoft alikes.......anddd...M$ will again rule...even in this section...hahahhaahaha...cant believe it...when you think everything will be ok...BOOMMMMMMM...and you are again at the begining and not knowing what to do...

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RE: Can You Trust Your Spyware Protection ? - 5/31/2005 6:09:29 PM   
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"Nice" ad/spyware?

The only time anything should qualify for exemption from an antispyware program, is if its prescence can be identified, and removal achieved by a user of average competence ... eg. using add/remove programs, and it does not cause undue disruption to the system by being present, or by being removed.

The "Code of backchannel conduxct" http://www.grc.com/oo/cbc.htm still represents a noble aim for any sponsorware, even though Optout itself is obsolete.


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RE: Can You Trust Your Spyware Protection ? - 6/1/2005 3:46:59 AM   
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Exactly as you said Matthew....everything should be totally clear from top to toe......even for some 8yo to understand (if they learned to read yet)....but...I am afraid that until we dont finally get some global law about all that...nothing will change....we will continue to spin in neverending magic circles of AD/SPYxxxx...


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