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Got at app to share: it's name is PrivacyKeyboard. Vendor claims, it
protects from ALL software and even hardware keyloggers. Got interested
in it and dwnlded form their site. Not bad, I should say. Found 2
keyloggers other products couldn't.

Find it here:
http://download.softsecurity.com/3/14/prvkbd.zip


Re: Stop spyware

This site is a known Malware distributer:
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/softsecurity.com?ref=safe&aff_id=0
Gerrard F. Lucas wrote:
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Re: Stop spyware

Site Advisor says:
"In our tests, we found downloads on this site that SOME PEOPLE
CONSIDER adware, spyware, or other unwanted programs."

Hm... "some people". Who are these people, I wonder?
Competitors? Enviers? Hackers who's plans were ruined by
Anti-Keylogger? Or unfair worker who has been revealed and fired
because of Raytown's monitoring products? Or maybe you yourself?!

Anyone can accuse this or that site, not always having valid reasons
for it - that's the weak point of services like SiteAdvisor.

Got an opposite viewpoint? C'mon, proove that this software is
malicious. I'm open for discussion on this matter.

Best regards,
Gerrard

Ze Muffinman wrote:
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Sure.

This can be used in a negitive manner if used by the wrong hands.
This application is designed to capture all the keystrokes that are
typed by the user.
While this can be installed as intended, it is potentally (sp?)
dangerous.
Gerrard F. Lucas wrote:
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First of all, the program I mentioned in this thread was
PrivacyKeyboard. It can be by no means called a spyware - it captures
nothing, being designed to PROTECT from spyware. It's an
anti-keylogging application.

At the same time, its developer is also the vendor for products that
are considered to be spyware. Legal spyware, not malicious (whatever
McAfee or others say). It's a COMMERCIAL MONITORING PROGRAM. What
differentiates it from a simple piece of malware you will ask? That's
very simple: It cannot be installed remotely
or by a person who doesn't have full access to target computer. It
means no stranger, but a person with admin's rights only can see how
the PC is used in his/her absense. Any difference with malicious
spyware we all are so afraid of? :)

Guess AV vendors aren't fair enough to classify it as malicious spyware
or
"unwanted program". Or to label the vendor, all his products and sites
with "bad reputation" mark.

Surely, there's always a place for misuse, even with all these
precautions. But why developers should suffer?!


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It's also not known for it's positive advertising:
http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/simon-scatt-plague-on-security-blogs.html
Gerrard F. Lucas wrote:
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It's also not known for it's positive advertising:
http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/simon-scatt-plague-on-security-blogs.html
Gerrard F. Lucas wrote:
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It is. Maybe. But again, is the whole company (or some person, who
may/may not belong to this company) responsible for agressive
advertising (or misadvertising?)?

Have no idea of that guy. And do not mind it - let it be Raytown's
problem. Will only let blame myself if my postings look the same to
his:)


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Gerrard F. Lucas wrote:

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---Top-posting corrected---

Gerrard,

In April 2006, SiteAdvisor was acquired by McAfee from a group of
Harvard engineers who founded the service in April 2005.

 
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2006/04/03/daily34.html?from_rss=1

There are those who consider SiteAdvisor to be adware (nagging ads for
McAfee products) itself.

   http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/node/3558

Read some of the comments to the above blog. Then there is the case of
Foundstone. For a couple of months, Foundstone, a divison of McAfee,
was flagged by SA as a suspicious and/or malicious site.

   http://foundstone.com /

Robin Keir develops software for Foundstone. Trust me. Robin Keir is
_not_ up to no good.

   http://keir.net /

This is one of the problems with blacklisting. _All_ blacklists are
subject to the capriciousness of their caretakers. Suffice it to say
that McAfee is not some altruist offering SA as a public service.
Nothing wrong with that, just take its opinions with a grain of salt.

This is just my 0.02, of course, but I think that I will pass on
SiteAdvisor.

Ron :)

Re: Stop spyware

Thanks for the info, Ron.
That's really interesting.

Anyway, McAfee seems now to be the one who determins what is good and
what is bad. Nevertheless, won't blame it too much for that. The idea
to purify the web deserves some honor even if its realization is
imperfect so far:)

Will only suggest more Fair Play from their side.

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