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PestPatrol Shares Spyware Lessons ( Company will offer database of known... free.)
PCWorld ^ | Wednesday, June 30, 2004 | Emily Kumler, Medill News Service

Posted on 06/30/2004 10:27:16 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Combating spyware is PestPatrol's job, but this week the company expanded from simply selling anti-spyware software to educating the public about the threat. PestPatrol is now offering its immense database of known spyware threats to the public, free of charge.

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"We believe we've created the world's largest database of known spyware," says David Stag PestPatrol's cofounder. "For each threat, we develop detailed background information on their behavior, their prevalence, and removal strategies."

Protecting PCs

The database is available to the public at research.pestpatrol.com.

At the site, visitors can find step-by-step instructions on how to protect themselves, including tips on how to use a hosts file to block ads, how to block pornography, and how to clear a hijacked page.

Spyware is an increasing threat to all computer users. It contaminates PCs with annoying pop-up ads or more dangerous keystroke loggers, which can result in stolen passwords leading to identity theft. Consumers are often unaware that their machines are infected. The two most common signs of a contaminated machine are a noticeably slower Internet connection and pop-up ads that reappear every time the machine is powered on.

Gathering Information

PestPatrol realized that the best way to stop spyware from spreading is to educate the public. The company has compiled a large database on spyware trends because it has been gathering information on malicious code for four years, since it first introduced its anti-spyware software to the market.

Its online library includes more than 21,000 types of pests lurking in the cyberworld. While the company sells its anti-spyware software, the site features free advice on how to delete the infectious programs and prevent future attacks.

The team responsible for gathering spyware data at the PestPatrol Center for Pest Research has developed automated monitoring software that identifies new threats, enabling team members to react to new types of spyware quickly. The team can quickly post information regarding the threat (and ways to counter it) on the site.

Congress currently is working out the kinks in new legislation outlawing spyware.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: malware; spyware
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To: FreedomPoster
I end up touching someone's PC at least once a quarter, and it's amazing how much spyware crapola is on most of them. Most people really don't have a clue how bad it is.

The first time my wife ran Ad-aware on the office computer, it had 160+ assorted problems... and was running like it was dipped in molasses.

51 posted on 07/01/2004 11:37:00 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Weirdad; enotheisen; Quix; agitator; Ed_in_NJ; 1234; codyjacksmom; American_Centurion; ...
InfoSec Pinglist Information



Paging the InfoSec pinglist...
Let me know if you want to be 1 or 0. (That's ON or OFF, for those who are not binary-compliant)





52 posted on 07/01/2004 12:45:39 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: foolscap

I'm no expert either, but I installed the free edition of AVG this morning and it didn't have any conflicts with Norton at all.

It didn't find anything that Norton didn't which was also good. :)


53 posted on 07/01/2004 4:43:35 PM PDT by cgk (3000+ 9/11. Pearl, Fallujah, Berg, Jacobs, Scroggs, Johnson, Sun-il, Maupin Never forget Never Again)
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To: FairOpinion

I ran the Spybot S&D today for the first time... took a restart to eliminate everything - and I also learned that some things that won't delete at all under my name, have to be deleted from my husband's "account"... (XP).

I'm still having a problem deleting one single zero byte folder. Downloaded MoveOnBoot - that didn't do it either. I think it was related to some "BTIEIN" problem that SpyBot corrected today finally but to be honest I can't remember anymore because I renamed the problem folder "delete" after AdAware labeled it spyware a couple months back. I was able to rename the main folder and I can move it between my desktop and my docs but I can't open it or delete it. "Access denied."

I've googled it to death and am thinking I'm stuck with the stupid thing.


54 posted on 07/01/2004 4:47:26 PM PDT by cgk (3000+ 9/11. Pearl, Fallujah, Berg, Jacobs, Scroggs, Johnson, Sun-il, Maupin Never forget Never Again)
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To: backhoe

LOL! I remember the first time I ran a virus checker on my brother's computer. He had over SIX HUNDRED (no I am not kidding.. they kept reinstalling themselves and lots of altered names by one letter, etc) of them, but the problem he was complaining about was how incredibly slow it was running.


55 posted on 07/01/2004 4:49:43 PM PDT by cgk (3000+ 9/11. Pearl, Fallujah, Berg, Jacobs, Scroggs, Johnson, Sun-il, Maupin Never forget Never Again)
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To: cgk
I know what you mean... wife's office PC had degraded so slowly that she hadn't really noticed it crawling, but since I use it only once in a blue moon, I suspected malware and got her to try Ad-aware.

The main problem was teenagers slipping into the office after hours and visiting all those rude sites on the web. Dern young'uns!

56 posted on 07/01/2004 4:58:04 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Dern young'uns!

Okay you really have me laughing now.
That was his 'story" - his friend using his PC to look at porn sites. Which I know to be at least partially true. His friends use it ALOT.

57 posted on 07/01/2004 5:00:26 PM PDT by cgk (3000+ 9/11. Pearl, Fallujah, Berg, Jacobs, Scroggs, Johnson, Sun-il, Maupin Never forget Never Again)
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To: cgk
That was his 'story" - his friend using his PC to look at porn sites.

Yeah, "The Other Guy Did It!" was popular when I was a teenager, too.

My wife's "midnite logger" was dumb enough to bookmark his favorite sites, which really isn't too cool a thing to do on an office computer that the public might get a glimpse of. Her boss finally read all the kids out there the riot act, and the activity stopped- or more likely, went back home to the family computers...

58 posted on 07/01/2004 5:14:26 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: cgk

Thanks for your help. I think I'll give it a shot.


59 posted on 07/01/2004 5:25:04 PM PDT by foolscap
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To: adam_az

THANKS, MUCH.

Any experience with SP2 Beta?


60 posted on 07/01/2004 6:28:37 PM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Quix

sp2 beta for what?


61 posted on 07/01/2004 7:15:05 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: adam_az; Quix

SP2 Beta for Windows XP I think - as that is the one rumored to be a real headache?


62 posted on 07/01/2004 7:23:40 PM PDT by cgk (3000+ 9/11. Pearl, Fallujah, Berg, Jacobs, Scroggs, Johnson, Sun-il, Maupin Never forget Never Again)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I can't get the webpages of your first two links in the article.

The search entity that hijacked my search button ("ShopNav") comes up with "Not Found."


63 posted on 07/01/2004 7:28:58 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Just give the kid a pack of cigarettes - you know he's only gonna go out and smoke anyway!)
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To: cgk

Had it installed for 48 hours or so.

One quirk seems to be that my always on net connection is rendered dysfunctional unless I unplug the power cord from the net LAN unit, I think it is--for a time and reboot my computer.

It's been holding this time for more than 8 hours so maybe that's solved. Will see.

Otherwise, may be a bit better than earlier setup.

Still need to get Norton's LIVEUPDATE fixed. Sigh.

Blessings,


64 posted on 07/01/2004 7:33:37 PM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Quix

Oh sheesh. Our DSL was having the same problem the past 2-3 weeks every couple of days to every day. It varied but it was a serious pain. I don't think I'll continue DSL after our mandatory 1st year unless it changes drastically and the problems stop.

(knocking on wood) - this week has been a good one. :)

As for Live Update - I had a problem with that. It kept telling me I needed to update my definitions when I didn't. Is that what you're dealing with?


65 posted on 07/01/2004 7:38:22 PM PDT by cgk (3000+ 9/11. Pearl, Fallujah, Berg, Jacobs, Scroggs, Johnson, Sun-il, Maupin Never forget Never Again)
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To: Al Simmons

You are welcome.

Check for updates every once in a while too.

I don't think they control "normal" pop-ups, only those that are put there by spyware.


66 posted on 07/01/2004 7:51:11 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: Lauren BaRecall

I see you are over here... been studying ARK...

Be back shortly...


67 posted on 07/01/2004 8:09:58 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (.)
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To: Lauren BaRecall
I am guessing which link,... for the PestPatrol Database link I just got this:

____________________________________________________

An error occurred while loading http://research.pestpatrol.com:

Timeout on server Connection was to research.pestpatrol.com at port 80

_________________________________________________________

Earlier this morning we couldn't even get anything,......so the load must of nuked them...

Now if you are talking about the links to articles here on freeRepublic, the first one was bad...see backhoe's note back to me with a corrected link.

68 posted on 07/01/2004 8:16:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (.)
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To: cgk

No, the LIVE UPDATE yields an error msg and doesn't work.

Go to Norton, they have several options to fix it. Faithfully follow each one. Still on fix. The fall back solution is very complicated and takes about 30 min. I haven't gotten very far on it yet.

The net connection is via microwave from an antenna on our roof to the ISP's tower. Dad and I use the same connection. His net service has been fine. I figure it must be related to the SP2 Beta as that's the only thing that's changed on my score.

Anyway--appreciate your kind responses.


69 posted on 07/01/2004 8:28:09 PM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks, Ernest, I can use all the help I can get...enjoy the Beach!


70 posted on 07/01/2004 8:43:11 PM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for this info.


71 posted on 07/01/2004 9:07:51 PM PDT by Darnright
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bump


72 posted on 07/01/2004 9:12:15 PM PDT by VOA
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To: cgk

haven't installed it yet.


73 posted on 07/01/2004 10:57:45 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: All
Here's the best "concise collection of links" I have found so far:

How did I get infected in the first place?
Online Virus and Trojan Scanners
Panda Software . . . Trend Micro . . . Bitdefender . . . Sygate Trojan Scan . . . Trojan Scan
Tools for Fighting Spyware
Spybot S & D . . . Ad-aware . . . CWShredder . . . HijackThis . . . PeperFix
Tools for Prevention
SpywareBlaster . . . SpywareGuard . . . IE-Spyad . . . avast! Free Anti-Virus . . . AVG Free Anti-Virus
Zone Alarm Free Firewall . . . Kerio Personal Firewall

74 posted on 07/02/2004 12:32:23 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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75 posted on 07/03/2004 3:55:02 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: backhoe

bump


76 posted on 08/07/2004 1:45:22 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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