Posts Tagged ‘spyware’

Bypass Firefox’s “Blocked: May Contain a Virus or Spyware” Message

Friday, November 21st, 2014

When I’m warned that a page may contain a virus or spyware, I generally take heed and avoid that page … but what the heck, some folks like to live dangerously I guess.

Google Safe Browsing maintains a list of files, sites and pages that the company has flagged as malicious. The product has been in use in the company’s own Chrome browser for some time and recently implemented in the Firefox web browser as well.


How to Deal with Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

When installing any kind of software or driver, it’s always a good idea to select “Custom Install” and keep your eyes open for any unwanted garbage that might be bundled with the software. That said though, even the most careful users sometimes end up with task bars and other junk that they didn’t ask for … and that’s when the procedures described in this article come in handy.

If you are running a modern security suite, chance is that you may have received notifications about so-called PUP or PUA on the PC. Companies use their own definition and list of programs that fall into the category which makes it difficult to come up with a catch-all definition. Generally speaking, any program that is distributed as part of another but not needed for its functionality can be considered a potentially unwanted software.


Registry Alert Monitors the Windows Registry for Unwanted Modifications

Monday, May 6th, 2013

This sounds like a useful tool … it would be nice if Windows itself incorporated a feature like this.

Some programs that you install on your version of Windows add entries to sensitive locations in the Windows Registry. One of those places are the startup locations in the Registry that programs can make use of to autostart with Windows. While that is sometimes wanted, for instance for security software, it is often unwanted as the gain from doing so is minima, and that only if the program is trustworthy. Malware and spyware is often added to an autostart location so that it is autorun with the system.


Spybot-Search and Destroy 2.0 Beta Released

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I haven’t used Spybot for a while, but it used to be a fairly effective anti-spyware too (especially when used in conjunction with an anti-virus program.)

The developers of the popular antispyware scanner and cleaner Spybot-Search & Destroy have released a first public beta version of the soon to be released version 2.0 of the application.

You will notice right away that the Spybot application has turned into a heavyweight over the years. The 66 Megabyte download indicates this already, and it is later confirmed during installation. The sheer amount of tools and services that you can install, or will if you do not select the custom installation option, is confirming this impression. The average Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0 installation will take up more than 120 Megabytes of space on the system.


Removing Spyware from Windows

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy are fairly decent spyware removal tools for Windows too …

Anti-spyware programs are now going out of fashion because traditional anti-virus software increasingly targets spyware as well. The shift started when spyware changed from being old-style advertising pop-ups and tracking cookies and began to encompass keyloggers, Trojans and other serious types of malware. The turning point was marked by AVG buying the company behind Ewido Anti-Spyware and incorporating it into AVG8.


FTC slaps keylogger spyware vendor on the wrist

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

With all of the trouble that keyloggers cause, you’d think that something a bit more harsh than a mere “slap on the wrist” would be warranted …

It’s settled: Cyber Spy will stop marketing its keystroke-logging software to the cloak-and-dagger wannabe crowd, or at least less obviously. The Florida-based company has made peace with the Federal Trade Commission, promising that it will no longer advertise its Remote Spy application as a “100% undetectable” way to “Spy on Anyone. From Anywhere.”

The government has “put the brakes on the business practices of an operation that was selling spyware and showing customers how to remotely install it on other people’s computers without their knowledge or consent,” the agency announced on Wednesday.


Intego discovers Mac spyware piggybacking on free screensavers

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

This was inevitable; as Apple’s market share increases, it was just a matter of time before somebody started writing Mac-friendly spyware. I think the bigger story is that there are actually people out there who download those free screen savers from the pop-up ads.

Ever heard of PremierOpinion? You soon will: but this doesn’t quite look like the long-expected attack of malware on Macs. Instead it’s a comScore subsidiary that’s the culprit.

If you have downloaded and installed one of a long list (see the end of this post) of screensavers for the Mac, you’ve also got some spyware on board.

Yup. Spyware. On the Mac. The sector is becoming big enough to be worth the attention of the writers of scummy software. You might think it’s not malware, but that’s only because you haven’t read the (long) list of things it does.