February 1st, 2005, 08:17 AM
Anti-adware Misses Most Malware -- From the langa List
By happy coincidence, noted computer author Brian Livingston covered
adware tools at the same time we were discussing them in recent issues
("Spyware Hype Vs Real Threats"
Brian's work, analyzing data produced by Eric Howes, an instructor at
University of Illinois, shows that "nearly every anti-adware
on the market catches less than half of the bad stuff." Brian's
recommendation is to use multiple anti-malware tools, so each can catch
what others miss; they can backstop each other.
Long-time readers will recognize this approach as the same one we've
recommended in this newsletter many, many times. But I'd arrived at
conclusion empirically and anecdotally; Brian now offers statistical
proof to back up my less-formal, seat-of-the-pants conclusion. <g>
Howes' test results also show that Microsoft's free beta AntiSpyware,
which we've previously recommended (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2005/2005-01-13.htm#2 ) is the current
of the bunch in antispyware tools.
Brian and I both recommend Microsoft's AntiSpyware as one of the tools
everyone should have; but beyond that, his recommendations differ
slightly from mine in that he includes commercial tools in his top
I actually agree with Brian that the tools he recommends (e.g.
http://www.webroot.com/ , $30) are good, but I know that far more
will use tools if they're free or nearly so. That's why my primary list
includes only freeware and donationware--- to help ensure that cost
an excuse to avoid using these important defenses.
Brian's report appeared in his Windows Secrets newsletter;
http://windowssecrets.com/050127/ . Definitely worth a look.
BTW, my recommendations--- all free for personal use:
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
Ad-Aware Personal Edition: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
From www.langa.com This is a great newsletter and I recommend you to sign up if you haven't already.
February 1st, 2005, 21:16 PM
Sounds pretty good, especially the praise for M$'s AntiSpyware App... good they could come into a new market with flying colors...
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February 1st, 2005, 23:05 PM
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All the kit mentioned will do some good and another notable is X-Cleaner ( www.spywareguide.com ). For the dirty stuff you always need HijackThis and a functioning brain. I would say they are all improving now that the exponential rate at which the spyware programs were increasing has now slowed. Well it appears that way to me anyway - until recently it seemed every one was a new one, now I get to see the same ones over and over again.
February 1st, 2005, 23:29 PM
I tried MS anti-spyware and it wants to remove Flashget from my system.
February 2nd, 2005, 04:02 AM
LOL, must be the advert.dll section of flashget, sometimes it gets left behind even though you purchase it
Originally Posted by Conan
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