How to Remove Antivirus 360

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

This should not be confused with Norton 360 which is a legitimate antivirus program (although if you need help removing Norton 360 to reinstall it or another antivirus program you may want to visit my antivirus removal tool list.) What we are talking about this time is a rogue security application known as Antivirus 360. [...]

Can I have more than One Antivirus Program?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

This is a question I see quite a bit… in fact I just saw this questoin while browsing the web. Generally it’s NOT a good idea to have more than one antivirus program. Given the low level system access that antivirus software needs to have it can interfere with correctly protecting the system from the [...]

Another wolf in sheeps clothing to watch for

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Wolves in sheeps clothing are the label I give to those rogue antispyware, or antivirus programs that bring pests instead of protect against them, or are otherwise questionable in their tactics. Titan Shield seems to be a new threat on the block in this area, I haven’t seen it first hand yet, but it looks [...]

Would you trust antispyware that installed adware?

Monday, May 15th, 2006

There are a couple stories on spywarecleaner’s recent practice of bundling whenu with the free version of their “antispyware scanner”. According to spyware confidential, SpywareCleaner made the rogue antispyware products list and was delisted after they corrected some “issues”. Now, they’ve been relisted due to the adware bundling of WhenU Save.    Send article as [...]

Another Spysherriff clone

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Sunbelt blog has the details on a spysherriff clone called pesttrap (distributed through pesttrap.com). I guess clone is not the best word as they’re calling it a “variant” which suggests to me that perhaps more has changed than just the name. SpySherriff, of course, is one of the “rogue antispyware” programs or “wolves in sheeps [...]

Symantec fixes possible rootkit issue

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Brian Krebs at the SecurityFix has the story. Symantec, has fixed a problem with their SystemWorks and SystemWorks premier software that could allow malicious software to hide in the Norton Protected Recycle Bin. That software, could have used the nprotect directory to evade detection by antivirus and antispyware programs.    Send article as PDF   

More Fake security sites

Friday, January 6th, 2006

More sites that claim to be windows security center or the like are popping up… a list: securitycaution(dot)com dnserror404(dot)com todaywarnings(dot)com updatesystempage(dot)com yoursecuritysystem(dot)com From sunbeltblog.    Send article as PDF   

Warning – old wolf in sheeps clothing cloned…

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Our “good friend” spyaxe, which is one of the “wolves in sheeps clothing” that masquerade as security software, but in actuality are delivered WITH spyware, has a new clone. Apparently SpywareStrike is making the rounds, and has a website which is identical to the SpyAxe site and it looks to be the same program. The [...]

Makers of fake security software settle lawsuit

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

The security fix has some news today on some bogus security software makers (the wolves in sheeps clothing as I tend to think of them…) Anyway, they’re settling deceptive trade practice chargers that were brought by the FTC. SpywareAssassin and Spykiller were facing a civil suit over their ads which invariably found infestations on a [...]

Network Security guide for the home or small business network – Part 13 – Your own worst enemy

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Once upon a time I did an article about the biggest computer security vulnerability ever. I’ve also passed along the old “the most dangerous part of a car is the nut behind the wheel” joke. If you haven’t got it yet, the computer user can be the “weakest link”. Let’s face it, you’ve got antivirus, [...]

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