Friday, April 03, 2009


Will be working 30 of the next 56 hours so I leave you with this as an apology.

I also stumbled across this list of supposedly useful, some freeware, some you pay for, programs that could potentially be dangerous. I found it while tracing a bizarre bit of spyware on my computer. There may be some innacuraccies in the list but I would still look it over and compare anything on it to what you might have. I found one that I stopped using a year ago but never removed completely as I should have.


Blogger Mustang said...

I have a difficult time believing that Microsoft and Windows software enables or opens portals for malicious attacks. Moreover, I have had Panda programs for the past four years with not one single problem or issue.

1:26 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

Thanks for the list...I was told by my off-spring- when I first started 'computering' -to click nothing that pops up...lucky me for such sound advice.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Thanks, Shoprat. I checked the list and I have none of that stuff.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Some of that stuff invites itself onto your computer spontaneously, tell you you have a problem, offerts to fix it for you and then infects your computer with a Trojan steal any personal data it can.

Most of it can be removed with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and a good virus protection program.

6:25 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Mustang A lot of stuff with the words windows or micro instead of Microsoft has nothing to do with Microsoft. I acknowledged that the list may not be completely accurate.

CCS that is good advice.

Gayle I had one thing.

Joe and my one thing was a program that would give false positives until I paid for their program, but removing it totally solved the false positives.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Z said...

that cartoon is fabulous.
Good luck with all the working hours, shoprat!

11:35 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks for the advice! I dread getting infected with anything malicious!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Average American said...

Uncle Sam appreciates your work ethic and willingness to work long hours, after all, someone has to generate cash to be spread around.

3:37 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

Sunday - April 5--I love the DUPLICITY scroll cartoon--How do I 'swipe' it?...

6:42 PM  
Anonymous cotojo said...

Hi Shoprat,
The list given does NOT contain sites that would be considered safe and each one is considered unsafe.

Links and application names are added after checking each link and having it verified for either malicious downloads, malware or rogue / fake programs. Programs are downloaded and run to verify that they contain other malware or outrageous claims...Error Fix, Registry Mighty, Virus Melt and the list could go on LOL

More recently the criminals behind these sites have started using Microsoft or Windows in their url in a bid to look credible. They also seek credibility by selling their malware infested apps through clickbank.

They are well organised and also very quick to change domains, it's a very lucrative business for them sadly.

Have a good week :)

4:09 PM  
Blogger MAX Redline said...

Y'know, I've never had spyware, worms, or other crud in any of my systems. I think the issue's overblown. Malware distributors assume that you will not think before acting. Too often, they are correct.

9:43 PM  

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