Adware Uses IE Flaw

from the wonderful dept

While most adware companies have used sneaky, but legitimate, ways to get their products onto your computer, someone has now discovered one that is apparently exploiting a flaw in IE to install itself and (as most of these things do) cause all sorts of trouble. Microsoft claims that the company that has done so has broken the law, and they plan to go after them. While the typical response is that this is yet another reason to avoid IE, most people still remain stuck to the program.

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    Adam, 9 Jun 2004 @ 5:06pm

    stuck to IE

    I remain 'stuck' on IE because MANY pages STILL don't look right on other browsers. By other browsers I mean Mozilla, the only other browser I find worth the trouble...

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    dorpus, 9 Jun 2004 @ 6:16pm

    Love the sneak spyware that comes with Netscape

    Even after you check "no" for everything, it installs a lot of nasty stuff anyway.

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    Matt, 10 Jun 2004 @ 6:14am

    No Subject Given

    why does MS claim they have broken the law by doing this? Did they have to be able to view MS code to find this flaw which was otherwise secure because of its obscurity?

    I also find it amusing that this is an "extremely critical" flaw...because "critical" just doesn't cut it these days

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    NOBODY, 10 Jun 2004 @ 7:33am

    No Subject Given

    They broke the law because this particular adware is not adware. It's a virus with adware in it. Virus writing for commercial or private reasons is illegal. It's a felony here in the US. I believe the charge is "Willful defacement of a computer system."

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Jun 2004 @ 1:57pm

      Re: No Subject Given

      It's a virus with adware in it.
      Do you have any reference for that claim?

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        Sam Nobody, 10 Jun 2004 @ 8:01pm

        Re: No Subject Given

        If it needs to exploit an IE flaw, it's a virus, not garden variety adware. It's pretty simple.

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          Phil, 5 Jul 2004 @ 9:36pm

          Re: No Subject Given

          I no longer use IE. I am now with Mozilla which is far more stable and so much faster then IE. But changing browsers isn't the only way to avoid nasties. Just watching what you download will help.

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