Spy Software - scary stuff!

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

bsnider

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 13, 2001
Messages
105
I just received (SPAM) an email advertising SPY SOFTWARE. This stuff looks real scary if it works. Does anybody know if it does work and if McAfee or Norton will stop it. Here is the link;

http://gokgle.us/Faqs_tech.php[/URL]

Their literature indicates that it is sent as an attachment to an email and it will record all passwords. No mention of bank passwords was made, however, I am sure they are included. They are selling a powerful virus for anybody with $80 to purchase.
 
Joined
May 28, 2003
Messages
2,366
The ugly truth is that I do believe that it will work. There have been other commerical products similar to this on the market for sometime now.

It is my understanding that this is illegal without the knowledge of the person being watched unless that person is a minor child. The bad news is that I believe it will be used illegaly.

I don't believe an antivirus program will stop the "trojan" once it is on your machine. But it is my belief that ZoneAlarm Pro can let you know its there via the advanced mailsafe feature and program control.

I agree, it is scarey!! Anyway, that's my view.
 

bsnider

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 13, 2001
Messages
105
Every few days I run AdWare and notice a bunch of data miners. They didn't get there as attachments from email. Can these data miners do the same thing as this spy software?
 
Joined
May 28, 2003
Messages
2,366
The data minors you refer to are not capable of acting as a spy on your macnine like the "Love Spy" in your first post. While the things Ad-Aware pick up are pests, they are not in the same catergory as that nasty Love Spy product.

A good firewall will alert you if something unusual is going on. I also have a neat little free utility called RegistryProt that alerts me any and everytime an application tries to attach itself to my registry. I think it will catch things like LoveSpy or other executables that don't belong.

Anyway, that is my view.
 
Joined
Sep 11, 2000
Messages
10,673
I agree. Zone Alarm is the way to go here, with a little common sense not to open up anything from people that send you an e-mail that you don't know.

Common Sense - the best anti-spyware software :D
 

bsnider

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 13, 2001
Messages
105
BillC,

I downloaded the registryprot program, however, I have two grandaughters that also use my computer. I have had to remove the program as they are not sure what to click yes for. They are my primary concern with this spy software.
 

bsnider

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 13, 2001
Messages
105
BillC,

I ran the uninstall program for Registryprot program and it stated that it could not remove all files. I have since gone in with Windows explorer and tried to remove the exe file with no success. When I removed the data file, the program rebuilt it. This is a mean program. How can I get rid of it?
 
Joined
May 28, 2003
Messages
2,366
Hi bsnider,
Sorry you are having problems. Frankly, I've never tried to uninstall it but here are a couple ideas.

Sometimes if you re-download a program that will not uninstall and then run the uninstaller, it will work. Just make sure it gets put in the same place.

Or you could go into your start up list and disable the start at boot option thus it should not open. Also, if you have not tried, go to the Add/Remove window in your Control Panel and try to remove it there.

You could include the programs your grandaughters use in your start at boot list and then they should not have to deal with the pop up.

And, if this doesn't work, I'd contact the folks at DiamondCS.
 
Joined
Sep 29, 2003
Messages
2
Be careful using Zone Alarm. If you visit the Usenet forums on networking and firewalls you will find that the professionals do not like ZA. They like Kerio Personal Firewall (KPF) and Agnitum Outpost.

Since I have a NAT router I do not need a fully-featured firewall like Outpost, so I use KPF. It is capable of detecting any application that tries to phone home . That should alert you to attempts to establish a connection to your machine.

KPF has its own version of Netstat so you can see what is actually connected to your machine. If you don't know what some connection is, then you might want to check it out.

FWIW.
 

TonyKlein

Malware Specialist
Joined
Aug 26, 2001
Messages
10,392
FYI, both TDS-3 and BOClean have already added detection for this malware! :)
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Staff online

Top