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Hotbar to be upgraded in Sunbelt database

After our initial response to Hotbar, our spyware research team spent a more time researching Hotbar’s practices. We will be upgrading their threat level and default action in our database. Hotbar will be re-classified from “Low Risk Adware” to “Adware.” Hotbar’s “Threat Level” will be changed from “Low Risk” (5) to “Moderate Risk” (4). The […]

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Adware vendors and Jedi mind control tricks

Ray Everett-Church writes a great article here. Notable quote: “But all the public relations whitewashing cannot change the underlying facts: Spyware and surreptitious adware remain a scourge for many millions of unsuspecting users. The purveyors of these insidious programs can play all the word games they want, but as long as they are in the […]

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Hanging out with 10,000 IT techies

While others were doing lofty pronouncements about security at the Gartner Security Symposium, we decided to spend the week hanging out with 10,000 fellow techies at Microsoft Tech.Ed. Many of these techs live in the trenches, fighting the bad stuff every day. It was a blast. We gave out a custom made chopper and generally […]

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A smart (and scary) IE hack

VitalSecurity.org’s PaperGhost writes about this site, which has a fake SP2 bar at the top (which leads to a Firefox page–very cute). Click to enlarge Alex Eckelberry

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Greetings from Tech.Ed

It is a great show. If you are here, you should come out to the booth and visit us. Today is the day we give away the motorcycle. Enough plugging us, now on to the show….. Lots of interesting people, sessions and exhibits at the show. As some people say, “So much to do, so […]

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A light week for blogging

It’s Tech.Ed this week so we’re going to be a little light on the blogging. Interesting stuff going on in the antispyware space. I hope to get to more later this week. Alex Eckelberry

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RTFS (Read the "Fine" Screens)

It gets a little frustrating dealing with certain “software developers”. These “software developers” want to be “quickly and fairly” identified by the Anti-spyware community. Great. No problem. We think, “How about putting a place on our website for them to contact us in a non-contentious way, so that we can give them a fair review […]

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What adware vendors are spending on lobbying

A recent post here on money spent lobbying in DC by adware vendors. You can look up stuff yourself by going here. Alex (Thanks to Ben Edelman.)

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An advance peek at Project Ninja

(TM) A while back, I blogged on a major new project we’ve been working on for a long time at Sunbelt, code-named “Ninja”. Well, the code name stuck and is going to be the actual product name — Sunbelt Messaging Ninja. We’re releasing it in a few weeks. We’re going to be showing the product […]

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Our response to Abetterinternet

They contacted us with a cease and desist letter, asking us to change the naming of their adware programs in their database. So be it. Here is our response. Alex(Still scratching my head)

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