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  1. #21
    G. Morgan
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    Someone Else wrote:

    >>I've seen this individual trolling in several other NG's

    >
    >You claim this person is the same as you've seen elsewhere. You
    >claim this person is not Donna. What do you see in the headers
    >that matches the troll you've seen?


    Do your own research if you're that interested. Use 'her' old nym for
    Google's archive though.

    <donna.ohl@sbcglobal.net>

    http://groups.google.com/groups?as_q...=2008&safe=off
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  2. #22
    G. Morgan
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    David H. Lipman wrote:

    >The information I have seen "G. Morgan" post is contrary to what you state.
    >
    >You both have rights to your respective opinions.



    Thanks David, on a side note... I bookmarked one of your pages just yesterday
    on the topic of security. Thanx for that>>
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html


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  3. #23
    Sebastian G.
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    G. Morgan wrote:

    > David H. Lipman wrote:
    >
    >> The information I have seen "G. Morgan" post is contrary to what you state.
    >>
    >> You both have rights to your respective opinions.

    >
    >
    > Thanks David, on a side note... I bookmarked one of your pages just yesterday
    > on the topic of security. Thanx for that>>
    > http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html



    If you carried these out, then... well... you spent a lot of time for
    achieving absolutely nothing.

  4. #24
    G. Morgan
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    Sebastian G. wrote:

    >G. Morgan wrote:
    >
    >> David H. Lipman wrote:
    >>
    >>> The information I have seen "G. Morgan" post is contrary to what you state.
    >>>
    >>> You both have rights to your respective opinions.

    >>
    >>
    >> Thanks David, on a side note... I bookmarked one of your pages just yesterday
    >> on the topic of security. Thanx for that>>
    >> http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html

    >
    >
    >If you carried these out, then... well... you spent a lot of time for
    >achieving absolutely nothing.


    Ahh Sebastian, I've read your stuff. Your the one who thinks a clean
    re-install is the only way to remove crapware, eh?

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  5. #25
    Sebastian G.
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    G. Morgan wrote:


    >> If you carried these out, then... well... you spent a lot of time for
    >> achieving absolutely nothing.

    >
    > Ahh Sebastian, I've read your stuff. Your the one who thinks a clean
    > re-install is the only way to remove crapware, eh?



    Not if you have a decent backup. At any rate, this is not a matter of
    opinions, but simple scientific facts.

  6. #26
    Kayman
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    On Tue, 20 May 2008 02:24:41 +0000 (UTC), G. Morgan wrote:

    > Sebastian G. wrote:
    >
    >>G. Morgan wrote:
    >>
    >>> David H. Lipman wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> The information I have seen "G. Morgan" post is contrary to what you state.
    >>>>
    >>>> You both have rights to your respective opinions.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Thanks David, on a side note... I bookmarked one of your pages just yesterday
    >>> on the topic of security. Thanx for that>>
    >>> http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html

    >>
    >>
    >>If you carried these out, then... well... you spent a lot of time for
    >>achieving absolutely nothing.

    >
    > Ahh Sebastian, I've read your stuff. Your the one who thinks a clean
    > re-install is the only way to remove crapware, eh?


    Just ignore this person! He has wealth of knowledge but is incapable to
    pass it on to those in need. He does not believe that newsgroups should be
    used as a vehicle to provide (specific) assistance, go figure.

    Reformatting of HDD is the preferred course of action!

    "The only way to clean a compromised system is to flatten and rebuild.
    ThatĒs right. If you have a system that has been completely compromised,
    the only thing you can do is to flatten the system (reformat the system
    disk) and rebuild it from scratch (re-install Windows and your
    applications)..."
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/com...mt/sm0504.mspx

    There are however a number of reasons where this may not be possible and/or
    achievable. Not everybody is technically apt to so or has an 'savvy'
    acquaintance who may be able to assist. There are many users who don't live
    in cities but reside in less developed environments where professional help
    just does not exist. They may find the procedures as per:
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
    too overwhelming and shy away from the perceived complexity.
    The procedures as per:
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    (especially David's MULTI_AV Tool) have had helped solving uncountable
    users over many years. And is IMO the next best thing to flatten and
    rebuild an operating system. Moreover, the best to my knowledge, David
    never has never denied anybody reasonable assistance figuring out malware
    challenges.



  7. #27
    Jim Watt
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    On Tue, 20 May 2008 00:41:01 +0000 (UTC), G. Morgan <no_em@il.invalid>
    wrote:

    <snip>

    Albeit the bitching is interesting, nobody seems to
    have actually answered the original question ...
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  8. #28
    Bill Kearney
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    > Not if you have a decent backup. At any rate, this is not a matter of
    > opinions, but simple scientific facts.


    Your advice is bogus, at best. If this is all you have to offer perhaps
    shutting up would be better.


  9. #29
    G. Morgan
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    [alt.internet.wireless] removed from x-post

    Sebastian G. wrote:

    >>
    >> Ahh Sebastian, I've read your stuff. Your the one who thinks a clean
    >> re-install is the only way to remove crapware, eh?

    >
    >
    >Not if you have a decent backup. At any rate, this is not a matter of
    >opinions, but simple scientific facts.


    Well I would have to argue that it *is* a matter of opinion. I have
    personally resurrected many a machine from the brink of uselessness by
    applying (freeware) solutions. The one-two punch of Adaware, and SpyBot S&D
    is often all it takes to clean an infected PC.

    While I do agree that a re-format/install is best, it's not always feasible to
    do so. There is nothing wrong with David L's techniques as a first step.
    "Flattening" the system is a last resort.




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  10. #30
    G. Morgan
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    [alt.internet.wireless] removed from x-post

    Kayman wrote:

    >> Ahh Sebastian, I've read your stuff. Your the one who thinks a clean
    >> re-install is the only way to remove crapware, eh?

    >
    >Just ignore this person! He has wealth of knowledge but is incapable to
    >pass it on to those in need. He does not believe that newsgroups should be
    >used as a vehicle to provide (specific) assistance, go figure.


    Of course not, everybody knows that newsgroups are for downloading porn. ;-)

    >Reformatting of HDD is the preferred course of action!
    >
    >"The only way to clean a compromised system is to flatten and rebuild.
    >That’s right. If you have a system that has been completely compromised,
    >the only thing you can do is to flatten the system (reformat the system
    >disk) and rebuild it from scratch (re-install Windows and your
    >applications)..."
    >http://www.microsoft.com/technet/com...mt/sm0504.mspx
    >
    >There are however a number of reasons where this may not be possible and/or
    >achievable. Not everybody is technically apt to so or has an 'savvy'
    >acquaintance who may be able to assist. There are many users who don't live
    >in cities but reside in less developed environments where professional help
    >just does not exist. They may find the procedures as per:
    >http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
    >too overwhelming and shy away from the perceived complexity.
    >The procedures as per:
    >http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    >(especially David's MULTI_AV Tool) have had helped solving uncountable
    >users over many years. And is IMO the next best thing to flatten and
    >rebuild an operating system. Moreover, the best to my knowledge, David
    >never has never denied anybody reasonable assistance figuring out malware
    >challenges.


    Agreed. Another reason not to re-build is when the client does not have the
    installation media for everything needing to be re-installed.



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  11. #31
    jim
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    Jim Watt wrote:
    > On Tue, 20 May 2008 00:41:01 +0000 (UTC), G. Morgan <no_em@il.invalid>
    > wrote:
    >
    > <snip>
    >
    > Albeit the bitching is interesting, nobody seems to
    > have actually answered the original question ...
    > --
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    > http://www.gibnet.com


    This is great... alt.comp.sec... where have you been all my life?

  12. #32
    Sebastian G.
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    Bill Kearney wrote:

    >> Not if you have a decent backup. At any rate, this is not a matter of
    >> opinions, but simple scientific facts.

    >
    > Your advice is bogus, at best.



    Calling trivial facts bogus is the reason why you should better shut up.

  13. #33
    Sebastian G.
    Guest

    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    G. Morgan wrote:

    > [alt.internet.wireless] removed from x-post
    >
    > Sebastian G. wrote:
    >
    >>> Ahh Sebastian, I've read your stuff. Your the one who thinks a clean
    >>> re-install is the only way to remove crapware, eh?

    >>
    >> Not if you have a decent backup. At any rate, this is not a matter of
    >> opinions, but simple scientific facts.

    >
    > Well I would have to argue that it *is* a matter of opinion. I have
    > personally resurrected many a machine from the brink of uselessness by
    > applying (freeware) solutions.



    No, you didn't. In fact, it's likely that they're still compromised.

    > The one-two punch of Adaware, and SpyBot S&D
    > is often all it takes to clean an infected PC.



    Gotta laugh even more. These tools are absolutely useless, since even at
    perfectly clean machines they're claiming a lot of nonsense. How should they
    even provide any useful information about a system that actively lies to them?

  14. #34
    Kayman
    Guest

    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    On Wed, 21 May 2008 01:48:40 +0200, Sebastian G. wrote:

    > G. Morgan wrote:
    >
    >> [alt.internet.wireless] removed from x-post
    >>
    >> Sebastian G. wrote:
    >>
    >>>> Ahh Sebastian, I've read your stuff. Your the one who thinks a clean
    >>>> re-install is the only way to remove crapware, eh?
    >>>
    >>> Not if you have a decent backup. At any rate, this is not a matter of
    >>> opinions, but simple scientific facts.

    >>
    >> Well I would have to argue that it *is* a matter of opinion. I have
    >> personally resurrected many a machine from the brink of uselessness by
    >> applying (freeware) solutions.

    >
    > No, you didn't. In fact, it's likely that they're still compromised.
    >
    >> The one-two punch of Adaware, and SpyBot S&D
    >> is often all it takes to clean an infected PC.

    >
    > Gotta laugh even more. These tools are absolutely useless, since even at
    > perfectly clean machines they're claiming a lot of nonsense. How should they
    > even provide any useful information about a system that actively lies to them?


    Now, even if a certain Sebastian Gottschalk from .de is spewing snipes
    proclaiming that using David's Multi-AV to clean operating systems isn't is
    accord with (his) scientific facts...the pragmatic/realistic proof is in
    the pudding. Users living in the Islands, Booneys, Bush, Outback, Beyond
    the Black Stump etc. don't need your claptrap and don't care for your
    condescending manner. As a frequent lurker in various pertinent newsgroups,
    I haven't seen one post where David's Multi-AV wasn't helpful and
    beneficial.

    So, Sebastian Gottschalk of .de, go and stick your scientific facts in one
    of your bodily cavities, save us from your snipes and keep your
    grandiosities within the circle of your associates in the sophisticated
    milieu of Berlin. (You are a prime example of German arrogance but your
    like minded buckos wouldn't know, now would they?).

  15. #35
    G. Morgan
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    Sebastian G. wrote:

    >> Well I would have to argue that it *is* a matter of opinion. I have
    >> personally resurrected many a machine from the brink of uselessness by
    >> applying (freeware) solutions.

    >
    >
    >No, you didn't. In fact, it's likely that they're still compromised.


    Yes, I did. No they're not.

    >> The one-two punch of Adaware, and SpyBot S&D
    >> is often all it takes to clean an infected PC.

    >
    >
    >Gotta laugh even more.


    Like a mental patient I'm sure.

    > These tools are absolutely useless, since even at
    >perfectly clean machines they're claiming a lot of nonsense. How should they
    >even provide any useful information about a system that actively lies to them?


    That's not been my experience. I've run both on brand new images of XP SP2 &
    3 and got -zero- false positives.

    So, being the "scientist" you are I'm sure you will now be offering the proof
    of your hypothesis. I will be waiting.



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  16. #36
    Sebastian G.
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    Kayman wrote:

    > isn't is accord with (his) scientific facts...


    ^^^^^
    Proof that you're an idiot.

    > the pragmatic/realistic proof is in the pudding.



    There is none. You cannot proof that you've cleaned the system just by the
    absence of obvious signs.


    > I haven't seen one post where David's Multi-AV wasn't helpful and
    > beneficial.



    Of course, since those fools don't understand the meaning of system
    integrity. It was helpful insofar that it seemed to cure the symptoms, but
    it never restored the system to a well-defined state, leaving all future
    work unreliable and potentially compromised.

  17. #37
    Sebastian G.
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    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    G. Morgan wrote:

    > Sebastian G. wrote:
    >
    >>> Well I would have to argue that it *is* a matter of opinion. I have
    >>> personally resurrected many a machine from the brink of uselessness by
    >>> applying (freeware) solutions.

    >>
    >> No, you didn't. In fact, it's likely that they're still compromised.

    >
    > Yes, I did. No they're not.



    Trivial counter-proof of your statement: Universal trojan horses exist.

    >> These tools are absolutely useless, since even at
    >> perfectly clean machines they're claiming a lot of nonsense. How should they
    >> even provide any useful information about a system that actively lies to them?

    >
    > That's not been my experience. I've run both on brand new images of XP SP2 &
    > 3 and got -zero- false positives.



    Question: What's the difference between a brand new image and a well secured
    and hardened system?

    > So, being the "scientist" you are I'm sure you will now be offering the proof
    > of your hypothesis. I will be waiting.



    Trivial: Just change
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\DataBasePath
    and it will complain that something isn't right.

  18. #38
    G. Morgan
    Guest

    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    Sebastian G. wrote:

    >G. Morgan wrote:
    >
    >> Sebastian G. wrote:
    >>
    >>>> Well I would have to argue that it *is* a matter of opinion. I have
    >>>> personally resurrected many a machine from the brink of uselessness by
    >>>> applying (freeware) solutions.
    >>>
    >>> No, you didn't. In fact, it's likely that they're still compromised.

    >>
    >> Yes, I did. No they're not.

    >
    >
    >Trivial counter-proof of your statement: Universal trojan horses exist.


    Universal Trojans? What the heck are you on about now? I said AA and SBS&D
    could (and does) remove a lot of malware making the system clean again. Sure,
    not one size fits all. Nobody has invented a one-stop shop for cleaning
    crapware.


    >
    >>> These tools are absolutely useless, since even at
    >>> perfectly clean machines they're claiming a lot of nonsense. How should they
    >>> even provide any useful information about a system that actively lies to them?

    >>
    >> That's not been my experience. I've run both on brand new images of XP SP2 &
    >> 3 and got -zero- false positives.

    >
    >
    >Question: What's the difference between a brand new image and a well secured
    >and hardened system?


    What is this, an interrogation? A brand new image of XP would be the state
    the system is in as soon as Setup is complete.

    A well hardened system would be that image + a good A/V w/updates and a
    firewall running before the system becomes a node on the (Inter)network.



    >> So, being the "scientist" you are I'm sure you will now be offering the proof
    >> of your hypothesis. I will be waiting.

    >
    >
    >Trivial: Just change
    >HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\DataBasePath
    >and it will complain that something isn't right.


    Of course a good scanner is going to detect a change in the location of HOSTS,
    I fully expect it to.


    Now, what about your claim that SBS&D and Ad aware detect false positives on a
    brand new XP install? <-- *brand new* meaning no editing of the registry
    before scan (especially something as critical as the location of HOSTS)



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  19. #39
    Sebastian G.
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    AdAware, Spybot S&D

    G. Morgan wrote:


    > Universal Trojans? What the heck are you on about now? I said AA and SBS&D
    > could (and does) remove a lot of malware making the system clean again.



    And if the malware is an universal trojan horse, the system will remain
    infected, albeit appearing clean. So stop claiming the contrary. Most
    malware implementations are universal trojan horses.


    > A well hardened system would be that image + a good A/V w/updates and a
    > firewall running before the system becomes a node on the (Inter)network.



    ********. Not just that something like "good A/V" doesn't exist (both by
    design and by availability), it's far away from being a security
    improvement, and even further away from hardening.

    But once again: I have setup a system that is provably clean, but not in a
    fresh state. I have AdAware and Sypbot S&D run over it, and it claimed
    multiple infections and security issues, which were provably nonsense. Your
    example of how it behaves on a fresh systems doesn't disprove my claims at all.

    >> Trivial: Just change
    >> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\DataBasePath
    >> and it will complain that something isn't right.

    >
    > Of course a good scanner is going to detect a change in the location of HOSTS,
    > I fully expect it to.



    Nonsense. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is read-only to normal users, so this change
    must have been applied by an administrator.
    In fact, it was done exactly so for a better management of ACLs, grouping
    together various relevant files for which one specifically limits access to
    NT-AUTHORITY\SYSTEM and 'named' only.

    And this was only one example. It also claims some group policy settings
    (which improve security) as issues, noises about cookies with a DOMAIN
    attribute (albeit the webbrowser is configured to not care about it), and
    even complains about some known good software (like FlashGet).

    Or did you ever try the "immunization" function? It spams the registry full
    of useless CLSIDs, fails to do so on HKLM, claims success, then reports
    incompleteness on next run, and tries again. WTF?

    Not gonna mention AdAware. One does need a test machine just to get around
    the broken installer (which tries to write some temporary files to
    %SystemRoot%\system32), and then it presents you with an almost empty GUI
    (since it tries to use a MSHTML style GUI without even checking if rendering
    pictures is active), and then pulls of **** similar to Sypbot S&D.


    > Now, what about your claim that SBS&D and Ad aware detect false positives on a
    > brand new XP install?



    This claim is merely a fiction of yours, or your inability to read and
    understand.

    Aside from that, why can't it detect the most obvious security issues of
    such a fresh install?

  20. #40
    Kayman
    Guest

    Re: How to determine if Spector Pro Spyware is running on my computer?

    On Wed, 21 May 2008 03:48:01 +0200, Sebastian G. wrote:

    > Kayman wrote:
    >
    >> isn't is accord with (his) scientific facts...

    >
    > ^^^^^
    > Proof that you're an idiot.


    Ah, So typical and predictable. You must be running out of arguments.

    >> the pragmatic/realistic proof is in the pudding.

    >
    > There is none. You cannot proof that you've cleaned the system just by the
    > absence of obvious signs.
    >

    Sure, yadda, yadda, yawn.
    >
    >> I haven't seen one post where David's Multi-AV wasn't helpful and
    >> beneficial.

    >
    > Of course, since those fools don't understand the meaning of system
    > integrity.


    I only wish you'd meet some of them Outback "fools" face to face...

    > It was helpful insofar that it seemed to cure the symptoms, but
    > it never restored the system to a well-defined state, leaving all future
    > work unreliable and potentially compromised.


    Now we know. To quote H.L.Mencken:"Puritanism: The haunting fear that
    someone, somewhere, may be happy."

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