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Trend Micro Anti-Spyware for the Web

June 22nd 2005 in Uncategorized

See update 16 July 2005  <— Click to see an important update dated 16 July 2005

As at 7 July 2005 Trend Micro Antispyware SMB is still misdetecting this CLSID – this is very disappointing considering they received intelligence about this misdetection nearly a fortnight ago.  That being said, I still have hopes that some more dialogue will get this and the other misdetection (adgoblin) resolved…

As you may know, Trend Micro has purchased Intermute, the owner of the famous antispyware product CWShredder (originally created by Merijn):

TrendMicro have released an online Anti-Spyware scan called “Trend Micro Anti-Spyware on the Web”:

The reason for this blog is just to let everybody know that the scan is flagging a false positive in some circumstances, described as “BHJK_COOLWEBSEARCH.  The misdetected CLSID is:


The flagged CLSID is the CLSID for the Search Browser Bar (the search pane that appears to left of screen when you click on the search button on IE’s toolbar or via View, Explorer Bar, Search):

The false positive can safely be ignored – DO NOT delete the key.

It is important to let you know that thanks to a good friend/associate (hi Wayne) I’ve been able to alert Trend to the misdetection very quickly, and I have high hopes that the misdetection will be fixed very promptly.  Trend seem to be very open to dialogue and feedback.

On a similar note, Trend are releasing various Anti-Spyware products for purchase in various flavours.  I’ve tested teh consumer version of the product, and am currently experimenting with the SMB version on my home network – so far its working fine (apart from the false positives) but there are some usability issues and ‘gotchas’ that have bitten me in the butt – I’ll blog about them soon.

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“Trend Micro Anti-Spyware for the Web”


…and here it is October 26, 2005….and the Anti-Spyware is STILL flagging it as a false positive. WHEN will they resolve this issue???


Hi Eileen,

The SMB (Small and Medium Business) version of Trend Antispyware has been fixed for a while now, as has the locally installed client. It seems that it is only the online scanner that is affected (by rights, it shouldn’t be).

Thanks for the heads up. I’ll see if I can get some action on this.



I have used lots of dif a/v and have never used one as lame as trend.If your in a program Trend will terminate it and all info or what you have been working on will be lost.If you run trend on your machine dont work on any thing important because your computer must revolve around trend micro.

Sandi: I think you may be confusing Trend with Norton and McAfee [;)] – I have not seen the sort of behaviour you describe with Trend

Netscape Version 8.0.2 apparently fixes the XML bug introduced by Netscape 8 back in May.
8.0.2 can be downloaded here:http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/download/default.jsp

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Ok, its been announced now, so now I can tell you about it.
IE will have RSS support:http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jun05/06-24RSSIntegrationPR.mspx
Movie about same here:http://wm.microsoft.com/ms/msnse/0506/25055/RSS/rss_longhorn_platform_2005_MBR.wmv

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