purely academic ques re spyware

  kimjhon 00:55 31 Jan 05

Just something I'm woolly about - what's new !

Has spyware been known to hide itself from Hijack This or from a process viewer such as TaskInfo, please ?

  bertiecharlie 01:26 31 Jan 05

This is from a website of adware pushers. I've removed the name of the programme.

"To: Business development manager.

Subject: Hide your adware from all Adware removers
and Anti-viruses.

Adware removers are gaining in popularity and they cause a big revenue threat to adware based businesses, as we see our software installations get deinstalled after a period of time that is shorter and shorter, we see our revenues get smaller and smaller.

Why would an honest adware based business
lose revenue just because some adware remover has identifyed it as being something to remove?

We beleive we have the right to hide from
these adware removers as long as we provide a way for the user to uninstall and that he agrees
that the software will be uninstalled only with the provided uninstaller.

It is in that spirit that we created the
solution to the problem :

We have developed software capable of hiding
your software from all adware removers and anti-viruses on a Windows NT/2000/2003/XP machine.

Basically we have filtered the windows kernel
so that we could mofify the behavior of the system itself. So now we can hide anything we want
from windows.

It can : Hide Registry Keys - Hide Files - Hide Processes. By hiding these 3 key elements from windows, your application won't ever be detected by any adware removers."

  kimjhon 03:20 31 Jan 05

Thank you for that bertiecharlie.

Had a feeling that would be the next step. Am off to learn further.

  georgemac © 08:20 31 Jan 05

the new ms anti spyware would I think stop anything being written to the registry unless it was from an approved programme or you have given permission - that is if you have set it up this way.

Therefore I think it should be possible to stop hiding registry keys or processes, not files.

I do not know much about this, but the adware companies will become more advanced.

If only they asked for permission to install in the first place it would be OK - they hardly ever give you the choice.

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