Category Archives: Revealed

Free Software Tests for Bot Infections

PineApp has released a free zombie test that can instantly discover whether an organization’s computer network might be an unwitting spamming machine — a “zombie” or “bot” — that can send thousands of infected spam messages to other networks—without its knowledge.

As a global provider of appliance-based solutions for email and network security, PineApp Corporation ( has created the free diagnostic tool—Zombie Detection System™ (ZDS™)—to determine if a network is infected. Organizations can simply go to, enter the IP address and get an instant analysis.

GMail shakes IMAP out of coma

Google has slipped IMAP support into its GMail service, allowing users to manage their mail on the server and access it using different clients, with the status of their messages maintained.

IMAP is a vast improvement over POP3 – the more popular protocol for collecting email – though it seems GMail will continue to support both. The feature was reported by DownloadSquad, which says not all users have access to the functionality yet, though it is spreading.

Users can try logging off and reconnecting, or use the newly available help pages.

MSDN Tester Center

Is your role that of a software tester?  Do you spend your days writing test code for your organization?  Do you yearn for a central location where you can discuss practices, tools and testing in general with your peers?

MSDN has the site for you.  Today is the launch of the MSDN Tester Center.   Find videos and articles relating to the world of the software tester. 

On this site, you will also find a link to the Software Testing Discussion forum.  This forum hosts a discussion and Q&A for software testers specifically.

BitDefender Releases Antirootkit Beta

BitDefender has announced the release of BitDefender Rootkit Removal Tool Beta – a software tool which is designed to detect and remove rootkits hiding on Windows systems. Rootkits are a new class of threats: malicious software packages designed to surreptitiously maintain control over target computers, while evading detection. Such “rootkits” are used directly by hackers (malicious individuals) or are used as “building blocks” for sophisticated viruses by virus writers.

“This is a technology demonstrator and testing package, released as a stand-alone tool to our beta testing community, the same dedicated people who are also rooting out bugs from our next generation of desktop software. The technological advances incorporated are rather important so we will prolong the testing period for as long as is needed, to make sure everything works as it should” declared Bogdan Dumitru for BitDefender.–BitDefender-Releases-Antirootkit-Beta.html

McAfee reached 200,104 detections

From McAfee Avert Labs Blog:

In some hours, we will make available our latest anti virus definitions for McAfee VirusScan. It will be numbered : DAT-4800.
With this release version the number of threats detected will exceed 200,000 to reach 200,104 detections.

In September 2004 with the DAT-4391 release we reached 100,000 threats detected. We have doubled this figure in less than 2 years !!!

Today our anti-virus not only detect viruses but all kinds of malware :
Trojans : 31%
Bots and Windows 32 viruses : 28%
Scripts and macro viruses : 12%
Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) : 3%
Old DOS, boot-sectors, windows 3 .1 and miscellaneous threats : 26%

Yesterday with the DAT-4799, we detected 199,920 viruses. In 24 hours we will have added 184 new detections. Daily updates for anti-virus protection has never been more necessary.


WinPatrol v10 now monitors hidden files

WinPatrol PLUS 10 Image

The above-image is from our friend –> Bits from Bill and I find it not just a bit but a big bit because WinPatrol v10 now…

  • Monitor Hidden Files files in critical system areas. A new list of Hidden Files is available to help you clean up your machine. Almost all new infiltrations and/or root kits will attempt hiding their files but Scotty can detect them in real-time before any serious danger can be done. While many hidden files are normal system files, the introduction of new hidden files should be questioned. Now it can be.  The ability to delete hidden files will allow proper system cleanup. Right-click on the hidden file to view or delete.

  • Ever wonder when a new file was first introduced to your system? 
    WinPatrol 10 detects and records the introduction of new program files and malware infiltrations. The “Date & Time Program First Detected” feature will allow you to detect files which have all infiltrated your system at the same time. Even if they have random file names or file names matching legitimate files you can sort files by Date Detected and Kill them all at once.

  • Lock File Type Associations  – A checkbox on the Options tab will allow you to keep your desired File Type associations settings without being annoyed by persistent programs.  Scotty will automatically restore your original settings.

  • More Secret Startup Locations including WinLogon/Notify
    WinPatrol PLUS now monitors even more non-tradition Startup locations found in the registry. Disable unwanted programs including the Windows Genuine Advantage.
    HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonNotify
    Examples:WGALogon(Windows Genuine Advantage), GoToMyPC,Adware.Look2Me (O20)

Download the new version here

The above new features in WinPatrol are BIG ones so you should start upgrading to it.  Upgrading lets you take advantage of improvements:

  • New and Improved
    Optimized for Multiple Security Programs
    WinPatrol PLUS 10 has been optimized to work even better with other security programs. No one program can protect you and we recommend you don’t rely on any single source of protection. WinPatrol PLUS 10 works even better while running other popular security and AntiSpyware programs.

  • PLUS Info one click away
    By popular request we’ve made PLUS Info available on our main program lists. Just right-click on a program title and the menu will let you connect to our online database.

Strider URL Tracer with Typo-Patrol released by Microsoft

“When a user visits a Web site, her browser may be instructed to visit other third-party domains without her knowledge. Some of these third-party domains raise security, privacy, and safety concerns. The Strider URL Tracer, available for download, is a tool that reveals these third-party domains, and it includes a Typo-Patrol feature that generates and scans sites that capitalize on inadvertent URL misspellings, a process known as typo-squatting. The tool also enables parents to block typo-squatting domains that serve adult ads on typos of children’s Web sites.”

System Requirements
– Requires IE6 and WinXP
– .NET Framework v2

MailWasher integrates with Blue Frog software

Firetrust’s MailWasher anti-spam program integrates with Blue Security’s Blue Frog software, enabling users to automatically and seamlessly report spam

Blue Security, Inc., developers of the Do Not Intrude Registry solution to eliminate unsolicited e-mail spam, and Firetrust, an anti-spam and e-mail security provider, have joined forces to protect users from unsolicited bulk e-mail. Firetrust’s MailWasher® 5.2 anti-spam program integrates with Blue Security’s Blue Frog software, enabling users to automatically and seamlessly report their spam to Blue Security. Blue Security’s service is provided free of charge to all Firetrust’s users.