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Search Biz Makes $1.1 Billion Off Risky Links

Sites that pay to have their links pop up on search engine result pages are nearly three times more likely to harbor spyware or adware, or hassle users with spam than URLs generated by the engine’s algorithms, research released Friday claimed. And search engines are cashing in, reported McAfee’s SiteAdvisor service. By its estimate, the [...]

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Rootkit-Spreading Spyware Shop Shuts Down

A spyware distributor noted for an extensive use of rootkits that make its software difficult to delete has closed shop, citing unspecified practices of its distribution partners as the reason. ContextPlus, which spread spyware and adware, including software that hijacked searches and programs that leveled systems with egregious numbers of pop-up ads, has posted a [...]

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Security Watch: Flash! Microsoft Patches Adobe Software Along With Windows, Exchange

Microsoft had a small surprise in this week’s security patches, but it was no surprise to find two critical vulnerabilities. Learn what was different this month in the Security Alerts and Updates section. Everybody wants a better Internet, but look carefully before you install the program that promises it. Go to our adware alert in [...]

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97 Percent Fail Spyware Sniff Test

Just 3 out of 100 Internet users are able to sniff out sites ready to drop spyware or adware onto their computers, security company McAfee said Wednesday. In an online quiz run by McAfee’s recently-acquired SiteAdvisor, a service that alerts users of possible spyware- and adware-infecting sites via search results at Google, Yahoo, and MSN, [...]

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GRISOFT Bolsters AVG With Anti-Malware Purchase

GRISOFT, the firm behind AVG anti-virus, has acquired anti-malware firm Ewido Networks for an unspecified amount. The deal allows GRISOFT to add protection against spyware and adware to its existing line of antivirus and firewall products. Read more: GRISOFT bolsters AVG with anti-malware purchase

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Rootkit Numbers Rocketing Up: McAfee

Rootkits, used by hackers to hide malicious software, are on the rise and becoming more complex, according to security company McAfee. In the first quarter, the number of rootkits seen by McAfee’s Avert Labs grew by 700 percent, compared with the same period last year, the company said on Monday. Its research into “stealth techniques” [...]

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McAfee Acquires Web Safety Pioneer SiteAdvisor

SANTA CLARA, CALIF., – April 5, 2006 – McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE), the global leader in Intrusion Prevention and Security Risk Management, today announced that it has acquired web safety innovator SiteAdvisor Inc. The addition of SiteAdvisor’s vast and growing database of tested and rated web sites to McAfee’s comprehensive range of solutions and services [...]

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Report Claims Yahoo May Gain From Adware Click Fraud

Harvard researcher Ben Edelman on Tuesday released a report tying Yahoo Inc. to adware vendors that he claimed were displaying pop-up advertising that appeared to commit click fraud. The online report, “The Spyware — Click-Fraud Connection — and Yahoo’s Role Revisited,” traces what appears to be click fraud that starts with the adware vendor and [...]

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Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products

Froggie Scan is the recent addition in Eric L. Howes, Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites. Froggie Scan – software4yoursuccess.com – uses inadequate detection scheme; displays in-context banner ads; same app as Ad-Purge Adware & Spyware Remover, Privacy Crusader, Spy Reaper, SpyShield, & The Spyware Shield [A: 3-29-06 / U: 3-29-06] Total applications listed: 281

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Ad-Aware SE1R101 27.03.2006

New Definitions: ======================== Adware.Henbang WareOut Updated Definitions: ======================== 180Solutions +1 404search ABetterInternet.Aurora +3 Adintelligence.AproposToolbar +9 Adware.Look2Me +12 Adware.ZenoSearch AlfaCleaner Alset Coulomb Dialer DealHelper Dialer e2give ErrorSafe +3 eUniverse GetMiraR Lop +14 Malware.SpywareStrike Purityscan +3 SCBAR SpyAxe +2 SpywareNo +2 Tracking cookie WebHancer Win32.Trojan.Downloader +11 Win32.Trojan.Mirc +3 Win32.TrojanDownloader.Qoologic +2 WinFixer +3 Virtumonde +2 Zango The MD5 [...]

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