Part 1: What is spyware?
Published: September 29, 2004
Spyware is a general term used for software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent. You might have spyware or other unwanted software on your computer if:
- You see pop-up advertisements even when you're not on the Web.
- The page your Web browser first opens to (your home page) or your browser search settings have changed without your knowledge.
- You notice a new toolbar in your browser that you didn't want, and find it difficult to get rid of.
- Your computer takes longer than usual to complete certain tasks.
- You experience a sudden rise in computer crashes.
Spyware is often associated with software that displays advertisements (called adware) or software that tracks personal or sensitive information. That does not mean all software which provides ads or tracks your online activities is bad. For example, you might sign up for a free music service, but "pay" for the service by agreeing to receive targeted ads. If you understand the terms and agree to them, you may have decided that it is a fair tradeoff. You might also agree to let the company track your online activities to determine which ads to show you.Source:
Microsoft Security At Home: Spyware
Continue reading to learn the signs of a spyware infection
, how to get rid of spyware
, and how you can prevent spyware
from getting on your computer.
Damage Cleanup Engine / Template
- This self-extracting archive is a stand-alone fix package that incorporates the Damage Cleanup Engine and Template. It replaces the traditional fix tool by addressing a wide variety of system infections rather than a specific malware infection.
This tool supports the following features:
- Terminate all malware instances in memory
- Remove malware registry entries
- Remove malware entries from system files
- Scan for and delete all malware copies in all local hard drives
- Download the latest pattern file lpt$vpn.XXX in ZIP format as lptXXX.ZIP from the following location:
This file must be saved in the same folder where you run this fix package.
- This tool is designed to run under Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP.
- How to Use
- Create a temporary folder and copy SYSCLEAN.COM into this folder.
NOTE: This temporary folder should be created on a local or mapped drive.
- Download latest pattern file. Extract the downloaded ZIP pattern file into the created folder.
- Close all applications running on your system, including any antivirus software.
- Run the executable file, SYSCLEAN.COM, by either:
- Double-clicking the tool in Windows Explorer.
- Executing it via command prompt using syntax based on the aforementioned parameters.
- Enable any antivirus software that is installed on your system and perform a manual scan.
NOTE: This fix tool generates the log file, SYSCLEAN.LOG, in its current folder.
Download at: TrendMicro
Microsoft Statement on European Union Court of First Instance Order on Interim MeasuresREDMOND, Wash.
-- Dec. 22, 2004
-- We are in the process of reviewing the Order by the Court of First Instance. Although the Court ruled against Microsoft’s request for interim measures, we are encouraged by a number of aspects of the Court’s discussion of the merits of the case.
While the Court did not find immediate irreparable harm from the Commission’s proposed remedies, the Court recognized that some of our arguments on the merits of the case are well-founded and may ultimately carry the day when the substantive issues are resolved in the full appeal.
While we had hoped that the Court would suspend some or all of the remedies in the case, we are encouraged that the Court has recognized that Microsoft has a number of powerful arguments that must be considered in the full appeal.
Full article: Microsoft PressPass
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MSN's Hotmail service, which has almost 200 million users worldwide, has dumped McAfee as its antivirus partner in favor of rival Trend Micro.
According to Microsoft
, e-mails and attachments sent or received by any of Hotmail's 187 million Web mail customers will be scanned in real time by Trend Micro
's antivirus software beginning Monday.Hotmail
's antivirus service was previously provided by McAfee
and the reason for the change is unclear. However, Martin Hoffman, chief executive of Ninemsn, which operates Hotmail
in Australia and is half owned by Microsoft
, said in a statement that Hotmail
will be able to provide a "safer online experience" using Trend Micro
's products because they provide "deeper antivirus protection."
"Ninemsn is focused on providing a safer online experience for our Australian customers...We're pleased to work with Trend Micro
, to provide deeper antivirus protection for our Hotmail
customers," Hoffman said.
Full article: ZDNet Australia
After you set up Windows Firewall in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you may discover that anyone on the Internet can access resources on your computer when you use a dial-up connection to connect to the Internet. For example, after creating an exception in Windows Firewall for File and Printer Sharing, you may discover that anyone can access shared files and printers.
Because of the way that some dialing software configures routing tables, Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2 can sometimes interpret the whole Internet to be a local subnet. This can let anyone on the Internet access a Windows Firewall exception if the exception is configured to use the My network (subnet) only scope option.
To resolve this problem, you must download and install Critical Update for Windows XP (KB886185). You can download and install Critical Update for Windows XP (KB886185
) by using the Windows Update Web
site or the Microsoft Download Center
REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 17, 2004
-- On December 16, 2004, Microsoft announced that it acquired GIANT Company Software, a provider of anti-spyware and Internet security products, to help protect customers from the threat of spyware and other deceptive software. While the terms of acquisition and legal agreements made by Giant prior to the acquisition are confidential, Microsoft would like to clarify some of the issues that have been raised regarding the ownership terms of the anti-spyware technology acquired by Microsoft.
Microsoft's upcoming beta solution for spyware, and any product offerings that Microsoft may subsequently deliver based on Giant technology, will be owned solely by Microsoft, and in no way will be co-owned by any third party.
Anti-spyware solutions require definition updates-signatures of known spyware and other unwanted software-that are necessary to keep the solutions up-to-date. Because of a legal agreement between Sunbelt Software Distribution and Giant that preceded the Microsoft acquisition, Microsoft will provide spyware signature updates to Sunbelt through July 2007.
Microsoft strongly recommends that customers use an anti-spyware solution in addition to following the three simple steps outlined at http://www.microsoft.com/protect
: Use an Internet firewall on all PCs, update all PCs regularly with the latest security updates, and use up-to-date antivirus software.
Source: Microsoft PressPass
New Offerings Will Help Customers Keep SpywareAnd Other Deceptive Software Off Their ComputersREDMOND, Wash.
-- Dec. 16, 2004
-- Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has acquired GIANT
Company Software Inc., a provider of top-rated anti-spyware and Internet security products. Microsoft will use intellectual property and technology assets from the acquisition to provide Microsoft® Windows® customers with new tools to help protect them from the threat of spyware and other deceptive software. In addition, key personnel from GIANT Company will be joining Microsoft's security efforts.
"Spyware is a serious and growing problem for PC users, and customers have made it clear that they want Microsoft to deliver effective solutions to protect against the threat," said Mike Nash
, corporate vice president of the Security Business and Technology Unit at Microsoft. "Through this acquisition we're excited to be able to provide near-term relief to Windows customers by offering new technology to help keep spyware and other deceptive software off their PCs."
Source: Microsoft PressPass
See also: Microsoft: Security At Home
Published: December 1, 2004
The Microsoft Windows security update for December 2004 is a cumulative security update that resolves a newly discovered issue in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1), a component of Windows. If you have any of the software listed on this page installed on your computer, you should visit the Windows Update Web site to install the related update.Software affected
- Internet Explorer 6 SP1 on Windows 2000 SP3, Windows 2000 SP4, or Windows XP SP1
- Internet Explorer 6 SP1 on Windows NT Server 4.0 SP6a; Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Service Edition SP6; Windows 98; Windows 98 SE; or Windows Me
- Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP 64-Bit Edition SP1
Updates for Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, and Windows 98 Second Edition are being made available under extended support for critical security issues
Get more technical information in: Security Bulletin MS04-040
Source: Microsoft Trustworthy Computing: Security