Zone labs online scanner throws up "spyware" others don't find.

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by Robin, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. Robin

    Robin Guest

    A check with Pest Patrol taking something like 20-30 minutes (Ididn't
    time it) finds nothing. Adaware finds 3 tracking cookies and Media
    Player possible browser highjack.

    But the online Anonymizer Spyware checker at
    http://download.zonelabs.com/bin/promotions/spywaredetector/offer3.html#
    finds 115 spywares in a couple of minutes! But guess what? It won't
    delete them, nor will it tell me where on my drives the offenders are.
    For that I have to by the full product. Some of the sites thrown up
    are sites that I have visited, some not for a very long time, some
    regularly.

    Do I draw the obvious conclusion or not?

    Robin
     
    Robin, Dec 24, 2004
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    jopa66 Guest

    Here's my results. The online scanner at Zonelabs only found nine hits, six
    of them being BonziBuddy (oh... really???) in the registry but, no way to
    find out exactly where. Also find two tracking cookies and Windows Media
    Player. This scanner is actually from Anonymizer at www.anonymizer.com Going
    there and installing their online scanner, I get different results. Same
    tracking cookies and Media Player but, no BonziBuddy.

    Scanner windows are identical. Definition file is identical. Zonelabs
    scanner checks 3450 files and 1725 registry keys. Scanner at Anonymizer
    checks 2134 files and 1067 registry keys.

    My opinion, both scanners seem to check a very low number of files and
    registry keys. The list of suspect scanners at Spywarewarrior
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
    is not exactly negative but, I would not be inclined to purchase this
    product. Stick with trusted apps. Pest Patrol and Ad-Aware are OK (just be
    careful with false positives with Pest Patrol). If not using Spybot, I
    suggest you download this scanner as well, as it can sometimes find problems
    that Ad-Aware may miss (and vice versa). Spybot is FREE, available at:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
    http://majorgeeks.com/download2471.html
    As a compliment to Pest Patrol, I suggest the free a² scanner at:
    http://www.emsisoft.com/
     
    jopa66, Dec 24, 2004
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    Robert Moir Guest

    Robin wrote:
    [snip]
    Well I just ran it against my computer which I know is clean of spyware and
    it claimed to find 24 items; all of which were cookies and hence not
    "spyware" as it claimed.

    It's certainly using alarmist tactics, in my opinion it's doing this to
    drive up sales unfairly and I certainly won't personally reccomend using
    products that rely on this tactic.

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    Robert Moir, Dec 24, 2004
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  4. Yup. An obvious scam. I'm surprised to see it advertised on ZoneLabs
    site.

    It was once listed as a "rogue," but now is in a questionable status.
    Read here under the "Spyware Killer" entry:


    Spyware Warrior: Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm#ss_note


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    Bruce Chambers, Dec 24, 2004
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