Spy and Malware

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While I was browsing some sites today, I suddenly got a trigger to save an .exe file. I of course know better than that, so I declined. I'm not suprised, things like that happen all the time.

When I scanned my box with the brand new Ad-Aware (version 6 has been released) I did find a registry key from a dialer! What? I didn't save the file, yet somehow a dialer key was inserted into my registry! That's pretty strange, so I set out to get at least an idea what this MainPean dialer key was. It didn't take me too long to find out that it is indeed a dialer, created by a german company called MainPean. I flushed the registry key out, and will continue my business.

I do wonder however, how less techy people can defend themselves from dialers, spyware, trojans and malware that seem to float around everywhere... It's a bad bad world, let me tell you that. I'll continue fighting evil in a few hours, but now I'm off for a long hot bath :)

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Less techy people don't. Then they wonder why their computers go slow or die. Sadly I'm not exaggerating, I've seen it all too many times before.

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