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  1. #1
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    Deceptive, Misleading, Delusive, Fallacious ... software

    Sources, "Anti-Spyware" products that actually install software widely viewed as spyware:
    1. Mail Wiper's Spy Wiper and Seismic
    2. Trek8's Spyware Nuker
    3. Enigma Software Group's SpyHunter
    4. Spyban / Look2Me (defunct)
    Other programs that present the potential for serious system performance degradation, invasion of privacy and system crashes include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Alexa
    2. Any BuySmarter Product
    3. BDE/Brilliant Digital
    4. BargainBuddy
    5. ClientMan
    6. ComputerShield
    7. CoolWebSearch (Some variants use HOSTS file to block access to anti-Adware/Spyware sites)
    8. Cydoor
    9. DownloadWare
    10. Grokster
    11. HackerSmacker
    12. IGetNet
    13. IMesh
    14. InternetAntispy
    15. KazaaPlatinum
    16. Kazanon
    17. Lop
    18. MP3U
    19. MediaUpdate
    20. nCase
    21. Newnet
    22. PC ToolWorks 2003
    23. Popupguard
    24. RapidBlaster
    25. S Scanner
    26. SaveNow
    27. SpyDeleter
    28. SpyHunter
    29. SpyKiller Pro
    30. SpyWiper (MailWiper, Inc)
    31. VirusGuard
    32. Vloading
    33. webHancer
    34. Windows Antivirus 2004
    35. Xupiter Toolbar
    36. More: http://www.spywareguide.com/spywarelist.html http://www.allentech.net/parasite/FavoriteMan.html
    To educate yourself about spyware and adware, the methods of how it finds it's way onto your computer, and helpful suggestions on removing it, set aside a few minutes and read this detailed page: http://www.womelsdorf.com/TIPS/adspyware.html

    Anyone wishing to file a formal complaint may do so at https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.s..._ORG_CODE=PU01

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    Vernon Frazee, Microsoft MVP (Windows - Shell/User)

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    Xoft Spy

    Stay away from this #$@&!!!!!
    I ran scans (at home) of Ad-aware and Spybot S&D. Ad-aware came up with one data miner (cookie), Spyware came up clean. I then ran Xoftspy(ware) and what did I get? The same high threats I got at work. That made me mad. The rest made me even madder. I wanted to see what happened when I pressed the remove button. It opened a box saying I need to be registered. It asked for a name and serial key. If you do not have one, press the registration button and register to get the key. I pressed and it opened this page.
    $20 off when ordering online, only $39.95. What a bunch of ****!
    MAD MAD MAD!
    http://discussions.virtualdr.com/sho...highlight=xoft
    http://pcpitstop.ibforums.com/axslin...iles/bogus.htm
    A list of Rogue Programs that will do you more harm than good
    Compiled by CajunTek

    AdwareHunter (adwarehunter.com/browser-page.com)
    AdWareRemoverGold (adwareremovergold.com)
    InternetAntiSpy (internetantispy.com)
    NoAdware (noadware.net/netpalnow.com)
    PurityScan (purityscan.com/puritysweep.com)
    Real AdWareRemoverGold (adwareremovergold.com/sg08.biz)
    SpyAssault (spyassault.com)
    SpyBan (spyban.net) -- noadware clone
    SpyBlast (spyblast.com/advertising.com)
    Spyblocs/eBlocs.com (eblocs.com)
    SpyDeleter (spydeleter.com/209.50.251.182)
    SpyEliminator (securetactics.com) -- dead?
    SpyFerret (onlinepcfix.com) -- also Lop Uninstaller, Xupiter Uninstaller
    SpyGone (spygone.com)
    SpyHunter (enigmasoftwaregroup.com\spywareremove.com\spybot-spyware.com\
    spy botsearch.com\blacklistonline.com.98.222.170spybot.com\
    spybot -download.com\deletespyware.net\spybots.net\spybot-search.com)
    SpyKiller (spy-killer.com/maxionsoftware.com/spykiller.com/spykillerdownload.com/
    free-spyware-scan.com)
    SpyKillerPro (spykillerpro.com)
    Spyware Annihilator (solidlabs.com)
    SpywareBeGone (spywarebegone.com\freespywarescan.org)
    SpywareCleaner (www.checkforspyware.com/ - www.spw2a.com/sc/)
    SpywareCrusher (spywarecrusher.com)
    SpywareNuker (spywarenuker.com/trekblue.com/trekdata.com/spyware-killer.com/
    ad aware.com/ada-ware.com/spy-bot.biz)
    SpywareInfoooo.com
    SpywareKilla (spywarekilla.com)
    SpywareRemover (spy-ware-remover.com/spywareremover.com)
    SpywareThis (spywarethis.com)
    SpywareZapper (spywarezapper.com) -- looks like it may be TZ Spyware Adware Remover
    SpyWiper (mailwiper.com)
    ssppyy pro (ssppyy.com)
    TZ Spyware Adware Remover (trackzapper.com)
    VBouncer/AdDestroyer (spywarelabs.com/virtualbouncer.com)
    Warnet (warnet.com)
    XoftSpy (download-spybot.com/paretologic.com/downloadspybot.com/no-spybot.com) - this may be a SpyHunter clone
    ZeroSpyware (zerospyware.com/zeroads.com)
    Soybouncer (spybouncer.com)

    Misc. BS domains:

    5spynetwork.com
    comparespywareremovers.com
    safe spy.net
    spybot.com
    spyhunter.com
    spy-hunter-detector.com

    Rogue knockoffs:

    BPS Spyware & Adware Remover (bulletproofsoft.com) -- AdAware knockoff,
    uses hacked SpyBot db
    SpyFerret (onlinepcfix.com) -- uses hacked SpyBot db
    SpyGone (spygone.com) -- SpyBot S&D ripoff
    SpywareNuker (spywarenuker.com/trekblue.com/trekdata.com) -- uses hacked SpyBot db
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    Look for signs of deceptive software on your computer

    Deceptive software is intended to run without your knowledge, but there are a few ways you can tell if your system is infected.
    • When you start your Internet browser, does it open to a page you've never seen before? When you select "search", are you taken to a page you do not recognize? Some deceptive software will alter these settings without your knowledge.
    • Do you see a sudden increase in advertisements on pages where you've never seen them before? Deceptive software sometimes bombards you with pop-up ads no matter what page you visit. These ads are often for adult (porn) or other Web sites you may find objectionable.
    • Does your computer seem sluggish? Deceptive software is not necessarily designed to be efficient. The resources it uses to track your activities and deliver advertisements can slow down your computer, your internet access and bugs in the software can make your computer crash.
    Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington 98052-6399 U.S.A. All rights reserved.
    Microsoft KB: Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software (and what to do about it)

    Microsoft.com: Spyware and Deceptive Software

    Microsoft.com: What you should know about spyware

    Inside Spyware: A Guide to Finding, Removing and Preventing Online Pests
    Vernon Frazee, Microsoft MVP (Windows - Shell/User)

    Defenses Up!
    Tip: When prompted for a password, give an incorrect one first. A phishing site will accept it; a legitimate one won't.


    Inside Spyware: A Guide to Finding, Removing and Preventing Online Pests


    If you don't keep up with security fixes, your computer|network won't be yours for long.
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