The Spyware watch list is a listing including applications, IP addresses, and
domains that require consumer attention and awareness. In the dynamic fast
moving world of modern internet communications users often encounter products,
services, and sites that are not what they seem. The intent of this list is to
provide a reference point for pc users to investigate spyware related concerns.
Know what and who to avoid by viewing the individual lists below.
Anti-Spyare Watch List
Currently there are several hundred applications purporting to be anti-spyware
applications. Unfortunately only a handful of these applications are actually
backed by security vendors that provide quality service. The vast majority of
these applications are deceptive in varying degrees. The applications at the
high end of the deception spectrum are actually Trojan anti-spyware (spyware or
malware disguised as anti-spyware), Rogue anti-spyware (as defined here) entice
or goad customers into purchasing products for spyware removal based on a
variety of techniques including falsely identifying trusted or good files as
spyware, alarming or ambiguous language, or other general obfuscation
techniques. At the low end of the spectrum are Suspect anti-spyware
applications whose performance may be called into question based on detection
and removal efficacy, false identification of non-spyware components, vendor
history, reputation, or visibility, or other factors that call the value of
these applications into question.
IP Adresses/ Domains
Web sites that serve as spyware hosts have varying levels of complexity and
malice. In the increasingly frenetic world of modern Internet surfing, avoiding
deceptive or downright virulent sites has become one of the cornerstones of
keeping a clean system. The IPs and domains listed here are ones you should be
particularly wary about. The items have been harvested recently, and the list
will continually be updated. Look for expanded details on the domains and IPs,
hosted spyware applications, methods of infection and information on the
software publishers here soon.