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Anti-Spyware software flaws?

Discussion in 'Security' started by anthonycea, Nov 24, 2004.

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    Can someone explain why a PC has a registry and what it is used for and why MAC's do not have a registry?
    SEMrush
    It this part of the reason that spyware is installed so easy on Windows?

    This article says that even the best anti-spyware software is missing many malware downloads.

    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1731474,00.asp

    What a great business Microsoft has developed for the AV/anti-spyware-malware vendors.
     
    anthonycea, Nov 24, 2004 IP
    SEMrush
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    I'm no expert, but here's my thoughts on it anyway. The windows registry is basically a place to store diferent pieces of information about a program. (that's a very basic explanation, but it'll do). It does make it harder for antispyware programs to find spyware on Windows, but exactly why, I don't know. Still, spyware didn't exist when the registry was created, so I don't think you can blame MS for not antipicating such a thing. At the time, it was a good idea for keeping track of info needed by a program. Whether or not it still is....I'm not sure.
     
    dazzlindonna, Nov 24, 2004 IP
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    Windows was built for ease of use, not security.
    That "ease" is what the makes Windows such an easy target.

    It lookes like those AV/anti-spyware-malware vendors are just being over worked and are falling way behind and they have to see it before they can even start to find a way to stop it.
    More from e-week: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1731387,00.asp
     
    mushroom, Nov 25, 2004 IP
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    anthonycea Banned

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    It is sad when it is so easy for the Russian Mafia to use the PC's of the world to commit crimes, talk about network computing at it's finest.

    Just think, they have zombie computers on broadband doing all the work for them, no investment in hardware and they can not be traced.

    This is the perfect crime and having Microsoft as a partner is even better for them.
     
    anthonycea, Nov 26, 2004 IP