Visiting the StopBadware Database


In light of several reports lately about the amount of Malware sites that now exist, I thought I’d go thru the database at StopBadware.org and see what I could find … 92,000 sites … wow!


Over the last several days I visited 10,000 … that’s right 10,000 which should give a good cross-section of their database. What I found was the majority of these sites or Forums, etc have been hacked and the culprits have injected a variety of Malware … some of them are pretty nasty, many of them (hacked sites) contain multiple exploits.


Armed with only my HOSTS file and my NOD32 Antivirus (no antispyware) on Windows Vista, I added the culprits (several hundred) to the HOSTS file as I found them. So how did I make out? Not one, let me repeat, not one exploit was able to get thru my defenses, that’s pretty impressive and says a lot of the added security of Windows Vista.


Now I have to give a lot of credit to my antivirus NOD32 from eset.com, which detected a lot of Malware before the site even finished loading. Which by the way was just awarded the highest rating from av-comparatives.org. You can view the full report here (.pdf)


I’ve listed below the latest detections by NOD32 while I was going thru the list of reported Malware sites … naturally these will be added to the next update of the HOSTS file.



Note: while I was tied up with this project over the last few days I may have missed sending a few of you the Update Notices for the latest HOSTS file version … sorry about that …



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