Spyware

  • Ha! Face! FTC seeks to permanently bar bullshit scareware marketing, freezes offenders’ assets

    Ha! Face! FTC seeks to permanently bar bullshit scareware marketing, freezes offenders’ assets

    According to the FTC, over a million – a million! – people have been tricked “into buying computer security products such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus,” through a tactic commonly known as scareware. Yes, those little boxes that pop up on just about every single non-technical computer user’s computer telling them that… Read More

  • Spyware company Gator sheds its skin yet again

    Spyware company Gator sheds its skin yet again

    So there’s this new startup called NebuAd. I know, sounds promising already, right? Well, NebuAd does packet inspection, tracking users, the sites they go to, the ads they click, and so on. Not such a big deal, I’d say, but of course that’s just their side of the story. It seems that NebuAd is really the latest incarnation of Gator/Gain/Claria, the well-known but… Read More

  • Help-Key: How to parent-proof your parent's PC

    Help-Key: How to parent-proof your parent's PC

    This last holiday weekend, I was at my mother’s house and, just as I do every Thanksgiving, I spent about an hour un-doing the damage they’d done on their PC. I can’t convince them to buy a Mac or to browse safely, so this is my fate. Sure, I could leave it, and wait till the thing started running slug-slow and then act all high-and-mighty, but I’m not like that. I must… Read More

  • Domplayer can bite me

    Domplayer can bite me

    Fans of “byte-torrent” “files-sharing” websites like TheBayofPirates.org and Freakamoidzoidwhat.cd.oink.org may have recently experienced a sad, sinking sensation after dedicating hours — if not minutes — to downloading the latest public domain copy of the Jazz Singer or a copy of Gulliver’s Travels (after all, piracy is a crime) — only to… Read More

  • An Open Letter To HP

    An Open Letter To HP

    Dear HP, I’ve been using your printers for years and years now. Since I started using Mac OS X more than 5 years ago, the process for installing a printer I thought would become drastically easier. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Read More

  • To Catch an iPod Thief

    To Catch an iPod Thief

    Although the Web site has been Dugg to the ground, a free online service called Gadget Theft recently launched to help users recover their stolen gadgets. The site provides users with a small “spyware” application that can be loaded onto the memory of a USB thumb drive, MP3 player or digital camera. The software records and sends IP data to the user if it detects that the device… Read More

  • Spybot Search and Destroy Destroys Tablet PCs: Can You Blame It?

    , an anti-spyware application, that it is dealing with some hard core spyware. The resulting fix disables most of the tablet buttons and locks out the pen settings icon in the system tray. You can restore to a previous time after running SS&D, but why would you? Just buy a keyboard and mouse, prop the Tablet against the door, and pretend you own a very slim desktop PC. Spybot Search… Read More

  • XOFTspy Portable Anti-Spyware Drive

    XOFTspy Portable Anti-Spyware Drive

    Any world traveller worth their salt knows to pack a few important things – a towel, a guidebook, and protection. That’s why ParetoLogic created the XOFTspy, a USB key that protects you from spyware on the road. Just pop it in an you’ve got instant-anti-web-herpes cleaning in a flash. The program can detect and kill most mal- and spyware applications and even has an… Read More