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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Spyware Removal

Spyware can make a computer too slow and unstable for normal functioning. A good spyware removal program can detect what slows down your computer and repair the problem. Spyware usually infects you computer from Web sites that you visit. It enters your computer through holes in your security system. Most spyware removers are designed to detect and kill common programs. Some spyware programs are designed to be intelligent enough to hoodwink spyware removers and reinstall themselves in the computer system. Some spyware programs even change their locations when detected. A good spyware removal tool, however, is able to detect the changing location of the spyware and update accordingly. An ideal spyware remover should be able to continuously monitor the network and detect the entry of spyware.

When your computer starts slowing down, it can indicate the presence of spyware that is quietly working in the background. Although most spyware programs are not generally destructive in nature, there are a lot that can harm your computer in the long run.

Each time a computer user is online they are downloading spyware onto their computer, without their consent or knowledge. Clicking on pop up ads or visiting certain web sites, even some of which are thought to be secure, are all ways spyware infects your computer. Many commonly used game, music and other freeware programs allow spyware in when they are downloaded.

To rid your computer of current spyware infections and prevent future invasions it is best to keep your computer clean with one of the many spyware scan and removal tools, such as PAL’s free spyware tool. This program will scan and remove any detected spyware threats, upon your approval. Any spyware infections identified by PAL’s spyware scan tool are highly recommended to be removed so your computer can maintain its normal functions.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Spyware Remover

On January 17, Symantec announced improvements to the antivirus and antispyware technology in its consumer and enterprise products. Norton Internet Security 2006 users have been receiving these enhancements automatically through LiveUpdate over the past few weeks. When we tested NIS without the upgrades, it did a good job of removing spyware threats from infested systems but had little success preventing threats from installing on a clean system. The new Auto-Protect Spyware Blocking feature significantly improves the product's ability to block spyware installation. The malware scanning engine was also enhanced to work at the kernel level, below applications and most of the operating system. This lets it manipulate files locked by the OS and fix problems before Windows boots, among other benefits.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

BPS Spyware/Adware Remover

Besides removing the usual spyware, BPS Spyware/Adware Remover includes a pop-up blocker and a real-time spyware blocker. The application performed better in some respects than all its competitors except SpyBot.

The program identified 16 of our 20 spyware/adware programs and claimed to remove them. Yet it left numerous fragments of many, including Alexa, CommonName, and SaveNow. It also left the two key loggers and the Trojan horse NetBus intact.

Following the removal process, Norton AntiVirus (specifically Symantec's Common Client CC App) crashed at boot-up. It would appear that the program removed more than just spyware. Bullet Proof Soft did not have an explanation.

Spyware/Adware Remover is the subject of some controversy: PepiMK Software, the developer of SpyBot Search & Destroy, has accused Bullet Proof Soft (and Trek Blue, with its SpywareNuker) of stealing its spyware database. Bullet Proof Soft denies the allegations and is considering a countersuit.

Visually, some features of this product are nearly identical to those of Spy Remover—like the odd choice of using the Windows tree to view a limited amount of data, a similarity shared by Ad-aware. Spyware/ Adware Remover's Scan Selections control is virtually indistinguishable from Spy Remover's Scan Computer control; the backup processes appear identical and use the same file format. Bullet Proof Soft licenses software to other companies but could not comment on which ones use the technology.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Microsoft: Stealth Rootkits Are Bombarding XP SP2 Boxes

More than 20 percent of all malware removed from Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2) systems are stealth rootkits, according to senior official in Microsoft Corp.'s security unit.

Jason Garms, architect and group program manager in Microsoft's Anti-Malware Technology Team, said the open-source FU rootkit ranks high on the list of malicious software programs deleted by the free Windows worm zapping utility.

"I can tell you that FU is the fifth most removed piece of malware. We're finding the FU rootkit in many different versions of Rbot," Garms said, referring to the IRC controlled backdoor used to illegally infect Windows PCs with spyware.

In addition to the FU rootkit, Garms said the WinNT/Ispro family of kernel mode rootkits features in the top-five list every month.

WinNT/Ispro, like FU, is often bundled with illegally installed spyware to allow an attacker to modify certain files and registry keys to avoid detection on an infected machine.

"Hacker Defender," another rootkit program that is available for sale on the Internet, has also been detected and deleted regularly.

Garms shared statistics culled from the worm cleansing tool in an interview with Ziff Davis Internet News and warned that the high rate of rootkit infections confirm fears that virus writers are using the most sophisticated techniques to hide malicious programs.

The worm zapper, which is updated and released once a month, has counted more than 1.7 billion executions since it first shipped in January. "It has the largest footprint of any tool you'll ever find," Garms said, noting that Windows users run the tool about 200 million times every month.

For the most part, the rootkits are being detected and removed from Windows XP (gold) versions but infection rates on XP SP1 and XP SP2 machines are also high.

The Ispro rootkit, for example, was prevalent on 50 percent of all Windows XP machines without a service pack. About 20 percent of all scans of machines running XP SP1 and SP2 also found the rootkit.

The numbers are roughly the same for the FU rootkit while the Win32/HackDef stealth rootkit is lower down on the list, Garms said.

Beyond rootkits, the rate of XP SP2 infections from malware that use social engineering techniques is staggering, Garms said.

"The social engineering tactic is working for virus writers. People are still clicking on attachments and links in IM messages and becoming infected. Even with all the education programs, there's still a large number of customers being tricked everyday," Garms said.

The Netsky mass-mailing worm is the fourth most prevalent piece of malware removed by Microsoft this year, while worms like Kelvir and Lovgate were removed from 40 percent of all XP SP2 machines that ran the tool.

Kelvir is a family of worms that uses social engineering tactics to spread through MSN Messenger or Windows Messenger. The Lovgate worm and its mutants also use clever text in spammed e-mails to trick users into executing a malicious attachment.

Garms said the data from the worm cleanser is used to guide Microsoft's decisions on improving its consumer-facing security products. These include the Windows Defender anti-spyware application, the Windows OneCare PC health utility and the free Safety Center virus scanner.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Spam: the digital epidemic of the XXI century

Spam or unsolicited commercial email has become a real epidemic that, as well as slowing down users' communications, also has a significant financial impact in corporate environments.

According to Spam Filter Software Review, in 2002, in the United States alone, junk mail cost businesses almost 9 billion dollars. What's more, in 2003, 40 percent of the emails circulating around the Internet were spam and each user received an average of 2,200 spam messages a year.

Apart from that, spam can also cause corporate networks to slow down and increase bandwidth consumption, resulting in a dramatic increase in these figures. Therefore, it is obvious that spam protection, especially in corporate networks, must be given priority.

Spam can also be used as a means of spreading an even more dangerous threat: computer viruses. A spam message could easily include an attachment carrying a virus or a link to an apparently interesting website, from which malicious code can be downloaded without the user realizing. In the most extreme scenario, a virus could even be hiding in the message code.

None of these tactics are new; they have already been used to infect computers. However, just because they are known, it does not make them any less dangerous. In networks with a large number of users, it is not difficult for one of those users to download or run a virus hidden in a spam message, which will then spread across the network.

A basic measure to adopt to prevent spam from getting into users' mailboxes is to filter email messages. There are a large number of applications that allow network administrators to define rules that will help identify junk emails. They can configure them to filter email messages by subject, key word, domain, IP address of the sender of the message, etc.

However, spam is evolving at the same pace as security systems, and this means that just filtering messages is not enough. Spammers use all kinds of ruses to slip past any obstacles that try to stop them from reaching their target and for this reason, the system used must also intelligently analyze each message, as well as having the capacity to "learn". This means that it must be able to identify spam messages with minimum administrator intervention.

In companies, correctly identifying spam is not the only problem, but also managing the huge amount of spam messages received every day. Therefore, anti-spam tools must solve this problem. A good solution is to use a computer dedicated to blocking and deleting spam, installed at the connection between the corporate network and the Internet.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Spyware and what you should know about it

Spyware is one of the most common types of malware in circulation. As its name suggests, this type of program is designed to snoop on users’ activity, especially when they are connected to the Internet. As any kind of spyware essentially compromises the confidentiality of data stored on a computer, it is considered a potential threat that needs to be dealt with.

These applications collect and send out information about the websites most frequently visited by users, the connection time, etc. Similarly, they can capture data about the computer on which they are installed: operating system, processor, memory, etc. There are even spy programs that detect and report if software installed on a PC is original or not.

These programs have become so widespread, largely due to a set of common characteristics, including:
Near perfect camouflage techniques. Spyware is usually installed along with other applications: P2P application clients, hard disk utilities, etc.

Inconspicuous file names, allowing them to go unnoticed along with the rest of the files belonging to an application.

As they are not viruses and don’t use any routines that can connect them to viruses, antivirus programs don’t detect spyware, unless they have been specially programmed to do so.

They don’t show any visible symptoms in the computer, neither when they are installed nor when they are running. For this reason, users don’t usually worry about whether these types of applications are installed on their computers or not and as a result, spyware can hide in systems for a long time.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Is There Spyware And Adware On Your Computer??

The Shocking Facts are that 85% to 90% of computers that are connected to the internet today are infected by some type of adware and spyware!- Source CNN These malicious software programs Invade your privacy and send personal and private data to third parties and also take up hard drive space and slow down your PC.

Spyware tracks your on line internet browsing and surfing habits. It moniters each location you visit and what you have looked up on that site. Spyware programs can even track every keystroke you make on your keyboard and record every bit of data you add to a online form, such as name, location and credit card data when you make a purchase. This can lead to identity hijacking and theft of personal and private credit card information. Your PC surfing habits and personal and private information is then sold to third parties.

Adware is another kind of spyware. It doesn't work by tracking your information as spyware does, but what it can do is literally switch your browser settings without your permission. It can cause pop up ads to appear on your PC. A toolbar can also be installed on your computer without your knowledge. Most of us are unaware of the presence of adware programs installed on our computer untill it starts to slow down, crash, blue screen or programs stop working properly.

The spyware business is a billion dollar a year industry with people getting very rich selling the information they steal about you.

Downloading and installing anti-spyware software will remove and protect your computer from spyware, adware, keyloggers, pop ups, trojans and worms.

You can if you wish go to http://www.adwareremoval4you.com and download an excellent anti-spyware program that will scan, remove and protect your computer from all these hidden parasites.

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How To Identify, Cure and Prevent Spyware/Adware Infections

Just when you thought you were Web savvy, one more privacy, security, and functionality issue crops up — spyware. Installed on your computer without your consent, spyware software monitors or controls your computer use. It may be used to send you pop-up ads, redirect your computer to websites, monitor your Internet surfing, or record your keystrokes, which, in turn, could lead to identity theft.

Many experienced Web users have learned how to recognize spyware, avoid it, and delete it. According to officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, all computer users should get wise to the signs that spyware has been installed on their machines, and then take the appropriate steps to delete it.

The clues that spyware is on a computer include:

- a barrage of pop-up ads

- a hijacked browser — that is, a browser that takes you to sites other than those you type into the address box

- a sudden or repeated change in your computer’s Internet home page

- new and unexpected toolbars

- new and unexpected icons on the system tray at the bottom of your computer screen

- keys that don’t work (for example, the “Tab” key that might not work when you try to move to the next field in a Web form)

- random error messages

- sluggish or downright slow performance when opening programs or saving files

The good news is that consumers can prevent spyware installation. Experts suggest that you:

* Update your operating system and Web browser software. Your operating system (like Windows or Linux) may offer free software “patches” to close holes in the system that spyware could exploit.

* Download free software only from sites you know and trust. It can be appealing to download free software like games, peer-to-peer file-sharing programs, customized toolbars, or other programs that may change or customize the functioning of your computer. Be aware, however, that some of these free software applications bundle other software, including spyware.

* Don’t install any software without knowing exactly what it is. Take the time to read the end-user license agreement (EULA) before downloading any software. If the EULA is hard to find — or difficult to understand — think twice about installing the software.

* Minimize “drive-by” downloads. Make sure your browser security setting is high enough to detect unauthorized downloads, for example, at least the “Medium” setting for Internet Explorer. Keep your browser updated.

* Don’t click on any links within pop-up windows. If you do, you may install spyware on your computer. Instead, close pop-up windows by clicking on the “X” icon in the title bar.

* Don’t click on links in spam that claim to offer anti-spyware software. Some software offered in spam actually installs spyware.

* Install a personal firewall to stop uninvited users from accessing your computer. A firewall blocks unauthorized access to your computer and will alert you if spyware already on your computer is sending information out.

If you think your computer might have spyware on it, take these three steps: Get an anti-spyware program from a vendor you know and trust. Set it to scan on a regular basis — at least once a week — and every time you start your computer, if possible. And, delete any software programs the anti-spyware program detects that you don’t want on your computer.

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The Best Spyware Removers

Finding the best spyware removers to detect and remove spyware and adware from your computer is much easier if you consider a few things before you make your purchase. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a spyware protection program.

The best spyware removers should offer you complete protection against spyware, adware, keyloggers, Remote Access Trojans (RATs), and browser hijackers. These are the main spyware infections that expose your confidential information and diminish your PC's performance.

An important consideration for any spyware protection program is automatic updates for your software. There are new spyware programs invented on a regular basis just like viruses and automatic updates cover you against the latest spyware threats.

Another important consideration to look for should be technical support from the manufacturer. A spyware protection program doesn't do you any good if you have a technical issue that you can't solve. Often, just a minor piece of technical advice will solve most software problems and it's important that your software run right. You also may need someone to answer questions that come up.

Customer service is another feature you may consider looking for. It shows the manufacturer is a trusted source who cares about their reputation and will probably be around awhile.

Spyware is quickly becoming a major threat to Internet security. It is reported that 9 out of 10 computers are currently infected with spyware, adware or both. Most people don't even realize it's there because spyware and adware is programmed to run silently. Microsoft estimates that spyware is responsible for 50% of all PC crashes.

If you don't remove spyware from your computer it will eventually not work at all or your computer files will become infected by spyware programs. Your personal information, passwords and credit card numbers could end up stolen from you without you even knowing it.

Once you remove spyware and adware programs from your computer you'll find it will run faster and your personal information will be much safer. Your security and peace of mind is worth spending a little time to find the best spyware removers possible.

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