Spyware Sucks
“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

Neowin.net announces a new version of Spybot Search & Destroy, but…..

June 29th 2008 in Uncategorized

Neowin says:

“Spybot – Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging.”

First up, spyware is NOT a “relatively new kind of threat” – it has been around for years.  Second, it is INCORRECT to claim that spyware is “not yet covered by common antivirus applications“. 

It’s well and truly time for Spybot S&D to update their advertising blurb.


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