Posted 30 July 2010 - 09:37 AM
Anti-Adware Programs false detection of malicious websites:
I am using a freeware version of Ad-Aware. Some may not like it, some may use it. Generally, now most anti-virus programs also detect malware and adware when the software is running, however, I always liked the idea that Spybot would run a process that would reject changes to my registry if something tried to alter it without my knowledge. Ad-Aware does the same thing, but at the time did not.
I have Ad-Aware detecting sites it says are malicious. If I drop the page not allowing to access the page, I can come in the next day and when I shutdown my browser, I dump all cookies not retaining much but bookmarks and history. I'm currently running Firefox 3.6.8 which doesn't work with many addons despite the idea that it has been reviewed by Mozilla.
Despite all that, Ad-Aware will reject a site one day, and I only update the thing maybe once every 2 or 3 days, so on occasion, nothing has changed, but it doesn't identify the site as malicious. I see no redirect, nor any script blocked unless it's Google, Google Analytics, etc... where corporate busy bodies annoy me.
Spybot used to always lock up the computer with it's registry change detector called tea something, but I could still get it to work most of the time, and it didn't break down enough to bother me. Since, henceforth, Ad-Aware surged ahead in popularity. Now most people no doubt consider the software unnecessary since anti-virus software normally will do the same thing. Ad-Aware is even sold in the same version as you can download for around $20 in Walmart without any extras. I wonder, is Spybot as good since it doesn't seem to be as popular, and does it continually annoy you by blocking simple forums without blocking their ads by referral? Ad-Aware (and Firefox and AVG) seem to allow any pop-up or pop-under to show up without triggering anything. I could find an addon to stop that I suppose. Are Spybot or Ad-Aware even necessary? Generally, if something is going to install where it shouldn't do so AVG stops it. Then I scan and make sure it couldn't. I believe that what I am seeing are exactly what this forum here suggests. False positives. I've already seen a couple of registry entries left behind that via my registry cleaner clearly identified that while they are not directing to any particular location they are generally always left there after you uninstall a program and don't hurt anything. Thusly, the registry cleaner at least admits it has identified something normal, but why identify it at all? It's normal, so why annoy me with it? Another false positive.
I get false positives from not just anti-virus software as you have claimed even McAfee does, but also anti-spyware/adware software, malicious viral (etc) sites, and even from registry cleaning software. Maybe this particular forum title should be: False Positives. Without specifying that you are only interested in anti-virus software. It would open up a whole new wing of discussion. A new forum topic might be in order, but in my opinion, this one will do just fine. Another new one could be: Windows Security Holes. Most of the time it's people like us that end up reporting them to Microsoft who doesn't do much until the next fix release. Might help to know how the attack is carried out in order to avoid it until they fix it.
This Is What Happens When You Spend Too Much Time On Your Computer =)