Microsoft is running a disreputable spyware outfit

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by Susan Sharm, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. Susan Sharm

    Sunny Guest

    You base your accusation on one persons observation from 4 years ago ?
    "By Signal 11
    Fri Aug 17th, 2001 at 03:07:09 PM EST "

    Judging by the groups you cross posted to, do you live under a bridge ?
    Sunny, Oct 31, 2005
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  2. Susan Sharm

    Bigbruva Guest

    No I'm not ;-)


    Bigbruva, Nov 1, 2005
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  3. Not one of the files you mentioned in another post is on my computer.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    Richard Urban, Nov 1, 2005
  4. Susan Sharm

    PA Bear Guest

    What targeted adware do you get when you post via Google Groups or use
    ~PA Bear

    PA Bear, Nov 1, 2005
  5. Susan Sharm

    The Real Bev Guest

    Yes. They use linux, firefox and privoxy.
    The Real Bev, Nov 1, 2005
  6. Susan Sharm

    Charlie Tame Guest

    If MS wanted to infect your machine why not simply build a back door into
    the operating system?

    If you get ICQ, Yahoo instant messenger or numerous other "Free" things you
    will find they are paid for by ads, just like your TV. This applies to the
    little picture ads included in their interfaces as well as web pages shown
    on startup that you have set preferences to see. "Someone" has to pay the
    people who operate these things, don't they? If not you directly then
    expect advertising.

    Being a privacy conscious person you did of course READ the privacy policy
    before signing up, right?


    We use the information we collect to provide the services you request. Our
    services may include the display of personalized content and advertising.

    We use your information to inform you of other products or services offered
    by Microsoft and its affiliates, and to send you relevant survey invitations
    related to MSN services.

    We do not sell, rent, or lease our customer lists to third parties. In order
    to help provide our services, we occasionally provide information to other
    companies who work on our behalf.


    I believe your argument just went out the window...

    Charlie Tame, Nov 1, 2005
  7. Susan wrote on 31 Oct 2005 10:12:32 -0800:
    Did you read the linked post? It clearly showed that was being
    redirected to a different IP (not the loopback one) prior to the DLL being
    downloaded. Are you saying that there was no existing entry for
    in your hosts file and that you added the loopback, or was there already an
    entry for it?

    In the link in Karl's post it showed that had been added to the
    hosts file with the IP If you use nslookup to get a list of
    current addresses for from DNS, you'll find that is not one of
    the 3 IPs that Microsoft uses (current addresses are,, resolves to, which is definitely not a server run by

    If you remove the loopback entry you've added, and from a command prompt
    type ping, does it try to ping on of the 3 MSN servers I listed
    or a different one? If a different one, it points to something else on your
    machine changing the DNS response, or the DNS server you use to resolve
    against may have been the victim of cache poisoing (this is something that
    every DNS owner should have locked down years ago, I myself run the DNS
    servers for the company I work for and cache poisoning prevention is pretty
    simple in every Bind port and even the MS DNS software).

    Daniel Crichton, Nov 1, 2005
  8. Susan Sharm

    Stephen Howe Guest

    You are sooo right. In the three years since I was diagnosed with
    He has won the Tour de France 7 times in a row (1999-2005), not 3 times in a
    That is monumental, no one has ever won more than 5 Tours.
    Before Lance, the maximum number of years ever won was 5 years by 4 riders
    (Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, Induráin) over the years, and only one (Miguel
    Induráin, Spanish, 1991-1996) has ever done it consecutively like Lance.

    Stephen Howe
    Stephen Howe, Nov 1, 2005
  9. Susan Sharm

    Paul Adare Guest news group, <"Stephen Howe"
    Definitions of humour on the Web:

    temper: a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of
    feeling; "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the
    time"; "he was in a bad humor"
    wit: a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the
    power to evoke laughter
    humor: (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance
    was believed to determine your emotional and physical state; "the humors
    are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile"
    liquid body substance: the liquid parts of the body
    humor: the quality of being funny; "I fail to see the humor in it"
    humor: the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the
    humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the
    army without a sense of humor"
    humor: put into a good mood

    Paul Adare
    MVP - Windows - Virtual Machine
    "The English language, complete with irony, satire, and sarcasm, has
    survived for centuries without smileys. Only the new crop of modern
    computer geeks finds it impossible to detect a joke that is not clearly
    labeled as such."
    Ray Shea
    Paul Adare, Nov 1, 2005
  10. Imo, a more serious issue is the countless "Little Brothers" willing to
    pay the admission price to Bill Gates to watch the Peep Show.

    Never mind Hotmail, the swiss chees OS is (potentially) much worse.

    M$ Windows XP Professional Bugging Device?

    ps: You MS-MVP's will soon be replaced with MC-MVP's (Much
    in Beautiful Downtown Bangalore.
    Jon von Leipzig, Nov 1, 2005
  11. I've dug around a bit more, and noticed that does have a DLL
    with the same name. However, this is not downloaded to the browser - it's an
    ISAPI DLL that runs on the web server and spits out HTML
    adverts. Perfectly safe.

    What appears to have happened is that a virus/trojan/worm has taken
    advantage of this (and has been doing for some years, there are posts going
    back to at least mid 2003 about this) to modify hosts files to redirect
    requests for to another server where there is a DLL with the
    same name located, that may be malicious.

    There is a third possibility - one of the servers is
    misconfigured, or occassionally has a fit, and instead of executing the
    ISAPI DLL ends up trying to send it to the browser (after all, the browser
    requested the URL albeit due to a Hotmail advert). In this case the DLL
    itself is harmless, but may trigger an alarm as it's a binary file being
    sent rather than the expected HTML.

    If you did not have a host entry already that pointed to a
    different IP than those shown in an nslookup, I'd suspect a prior infection
    by something that does it's best to hide it's intentions by pretending to be
    a MS advert server and attempts to install the DLL (this will however
    normally require a lot more work than just downloading the DLL, there would
    have to be something already on your machine watching for it to arrive in
    the temporary internet files folder so it can do something with it).

    If there was no hosts entry prior to you adding the loopback address, it
    could well be a MS ad server hiccup, maybe exacerbated by FireFox rather
    than IE. I've tested a number of URLS (eg.
    which do exactly what I'd expect - in both IE and FireFox return a bit of
    Javascript and a banner advert, nothing more.

    Daniel Crichton, Nov 1, 2005
  12. Susan Sharm

    Bob Ward Guest

    But only three times since the OP claims to have been diagnosed with
    testicular cancer.
    Bob Ward, Nov 1, 2005
  13. Susan Sharm

    Wooly Guest

    Golly, the Bullshit Meters weren't working very well, were they?
    Shame on y'all for not recognizing tongue-in-cheeck ironicalness...

    [Now I'll get people telling me "ironical" isn't a word...]


    Reply to the list as I do not publish an email address to USENET.
    This practice has cut my spam by more than 95%.
    Of course, I did have to abandon a perfectly good email account...
    Wooly, Nov 1, 2005
  14. MVPs are not paid so how much cheaper can you get?
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Nov 1, 2005
  15. Susan Sharm

    PA Bear Guest

    It ain't easy being cheap.
    PA Bear, Nov 1, 2005
  16. From: "PA Bear" <>

    | It ain't easy being cheap.
    I prefer the word inexpensive.
    The vast majority of MVPs don't deserve the word "cheap" associated with their work !
    David H. Lipman, Nov 2, 2005
  17. Susan Sharm

    SoCalMike Guest

    then use trillian basic.
    SoCalMike, Nov 2, 2005
  18. Susan Sharm

    Charlie Tame Guest

    Actually GAIM is quite good too, however one has to expect Yahoo and the
    others to raise revenue to pay for their "Free" services which do not come
    free to them.

    I was merely pointing out that the accusation aimed at MS (whether there is
    genuine trojan activity or not) is rather silly since the genuine product
    does actually warn you that you should expect targeted ads.

    Charlie Tame, Nov 2, 2005
  19. Susan Sharm

    Sunny Guest

    By now it is probably apparent the ""Susan" has achieved her aim.
    (A better attempt than the usual "Microsoft Sucks" trolls)

    Sunny, Nov 2, 2005
  20. Susan Sharm

    Alun Jones Guest

    Did you hear that big "whoosh" sound?

    That was the sound of the joke going right over your head.

    The point that I was trying to make is that if you suddenly come down with a
    medical condition, you're likely to notice all the TV content that is
    targeted towards people with that medical condition, that you had previously
    spent a great deal of time ignoring. You get diabetes, suddenly, it seems
    that everything's advertising diabetes to you; the number of ad spots hasn't
    gone up, but you pay more attention to them, because the word is suddenly
    one that is important to you, where it wasn't previously.

    See what happens when you don't pay attention?

    [Please don't email posters, if a Usenet response is appropriate.]
    Alun Jones, Nov 4, 2005
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