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So just what does "Ignore" mean?

Lots of news lately about Microsoft downgrading Claria (and other applications) to “Ignore”. Just what does this mean? Not much in practice, but more in philosophy.   Let me explain: There are very few antispyware programs I’m aware of that have an “Ignore” option, with Microsoft Antispyware and Sunbelt CounterSpy being the most notable. And that’s […]

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What is the actual cost of a security breach?

From The Register, article here.

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What’s the difference between AV and Spyware?

Robert Vamosi at CNET thinks the antispyware market should be more like the antivirus market in terms of things like sharing data and listing criteria. There are a number of differences between viruses and spyware. Let’s tick them off. Virus writers don’t sue antivirus companies for listing them. This is why a standards coalition to […]

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ITtoolbox Enterprise Spyware Survey

ITtoolbox has released their enterprise spyware survey. Findings: Corporations are still underutilizing available solutions for its detection and removal. 88% had detected spyware on their corporate network but only 52% had purchased and were using an anti-spyware software solution. * Increased spam, network congestion, and network crashes were the top three security issues that corporations […]

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MS Claria deal no go

From ClickZ, article here. Alex Eckelberry(Thanks Ben)

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Adware vendors trying to clean up

CNET writes about the subject of adware vendors trying to clean up their act. They mention WhenU.  Even though we tend to be fairly grumpy and cynical about adware on this blog, we have noticed that WhenU has vastly improved their practices from a year ago, and hats off to Bill Day (formerly the CEO […]

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Hotbar redux

Update on Hotbar. The company now has a law firm — Proskauer Rose, one of the top firms in the country.  Hotbar used to send their Cease and Desist letters all by themselves (our response to them here).   So we just got a letter saying “stand by for more”.  I guess we’re waiting for the other […]

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Sunbelt Research Center Has a New Look

Check out Sunbelt’s new spyware research center. See the Top 10 spyware threats or learn more about specific types of adware and spyware.

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Microsoft official statement on Claria

Microsoft has officially announced why Claria was downgraded. “…In January, Claria filed a request for Microsoft to reevaluate some of its products. Upon review of their software against our criteria, we determined that continued detection of Claria’s products was indeed appropriate. We also decided that adjustments should be made to the classification of Claria software […]

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Claria/Kazaa part ways

This is big.  A huge percentage of Claria’s distributions revolve around Kazaa. Maybe Claria can now look to BitTorrent as a distribution medium. Alex Eckelberry(Thanks to techdirt)

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