Neowin News Feed for: Adware Neowin News Feed for: Adware en-us Neowin Ignition News (Managing Editor) (Neowin Developers) 5 Fake Windows 11 installers are being used to distribute malware <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Kaspersky has issued an advisory about people getting their machines infected with malware by downloading fake Windows 11 installers like &quot;86307_windows 11 build 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe&quot;. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Sat, 24 Jul 2021 06:02:01 +0000 Unchecky 1.2 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Unchecky&#039;s primary feature is automatic unchecking of unrelated offers, such as potentially unwanted programs, offers to change your homepage or your search engine. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Razvan Serea) Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:22:02 +0000 Unchecky 1.1 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Unchecky&#039;s primary feature is automatic unchecking of unrelated offers, such as potentially unwanted programs, offers to change your homepage or your search engine. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Razvan Serea) Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:56:01 +0000 Lenovo's adware push will cost it $3.5 million in fines <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The FTC and 32 different states sued the laptop maker over its pre-installation of adware that could have compromised the security of its users. Several FTC stipulations go along with the fine. <a href="">Read more...</a> (John Keefer) Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:32:01 +0000 Facebook malware adapts to your web browser, operating system [Update] <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A security researcher recently discovered a new malware attack on Facebook that uses social engineering. It can even detect a user&#039;s system settings so they can be targeted with appropriate adware. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Justin Luna) Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:04:01 +0000 Mughthesec adware for macOS masquerades as Flash Player installer <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>An adware called Mughthesec has been recently discovered. It masquerades as an installer for Flash Player, which comes bundled with three other programs. These will then modify browser settings. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Justin Luna) Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:48:01 +0000 Unchecky 1.0.3 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Unchecky&#039;s primary feature is automatic unchecking of unrelated offers, such as potentially unwanted programs, offers to change your homepage or your search engine. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Razvan Serea) Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:18:01 +0000 Crypto ransomware hits major websites through banner ads in past 24 hours <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The massive “malvertising” campaign is targeting users on popular sites including the BBC, MSN, AOL, The New York Times, and Vulnerabilities in Flash and Silverlight are being exploited. <a href="">Read more...</a> (John Devon) Wed, 16 Mar 2016 03:20:01 +0000 Microsoft announces advertising policy to protect users from man-in-the-middle attacks <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft has announced a new policy regarding adware to protect users from man-in-the-middle attacks, and developers will need to ensure that their software is compliant before March 31, 2016. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Shreyas Gandhe) Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:52:01 +0000 Google takes action against ad injectors after 300K complaints from Chrome users <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>In light of Lenovo&#039;s “Superfish” scandal, Google is taking action to filter potentially malicious ads presented to Chrome users. <a href="">Read more...</a> (John Devon) Sat, 12 Sep 2015 03:18:01 +0000 SpywareBlaster 5.2 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>SpywareBlaster can help keep your system secure, without interfering with the &quot;good side&quot; of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Razvan Serea) Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:42:01 +0000 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac released for download <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac scans for and removes code that degrades system performance or attacks your system. Making your Mac, once again, your Mac. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Razvan Serea) Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:40:01 +0000 Skype used for spreading adware but Microsoft and Amazon are on the case <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Security researchers discovered that Skype was being used to spread adware to unsuspecting victims, but Microsoft and Amazon are now working to disrupt this scheme by blocking domains and IPs. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Vlad Dudau) Fri, 05 Jun 2015 08:52:01 +0000 Lenovo pre-installs adware on its systems, which could also steal your private data <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Lenovo has seemingly been caught pushing known adware to its users. Pre-installed on a number of Lenovo systems, the software inserts ads, and has the potential to steal private encrypted data. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Vlad Dudau) Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:18:01 +0000 Adware-infected apps in Google Play Store were downloaded 'millions of times' <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Google has pulled numerous apps from its Play Store that had been directing users to install more software, which secretly collected their personal data and sent premium-rate text messages. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andy Weir) Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:54:01 +0000 Fake Evernote extension injects ads into webpages <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/1885027152shutterstock_166422662.png" alt="" /></div>Adware posing as the official Evernote extension for Google Chrome has been discovered by the security firm Malwarebytes, fortunately the removal is extremely simple and straight forward. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Johns) Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:10:00 +0000 Microsoft's anti-malware team to have new adware rules July 1 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/1868610878a.jpg" alt="" /></div>The Microsoft Malware Protection Center team has announced some new criteria to define when an online ad crosses over into the adware side, along with how their security products will deal with it. <a href="">Read more...</a> (John Callaham) Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:45:51 +0000 FBI announces arrest of 10 people over Butterfly Botnet <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/1907791446hack_logo.jpg" alt="" /></div>The FBI has confirmed the arrest of 10 people over the Butterfly Botnet; a botnet that, peaking at more than 11 million machines infected, harvesting details on bank accounts and passwords. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Ferson) Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:13:10 +0000 Neowin Guide: Avoiding Adware in Installers <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/13512940661312642308_antivirus.jpg" alt="" /></div>This week we have selected a guide from our Selection of Essential Guides posted by Xinok . This guide provides several real examples of installers which contain adware. The intent is to show... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Parker) Sun, 26 Jun 2011 09:21:17 +0000 Adware Purveyor Withdraws PC Tools Complaint <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Zango, a controversial maker of adware software, has withdrawn its legal complaint against PC Tools. The adware maker had previously demanded that PC Tools' security software stop removing its software as these removals allegedly happened... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Tue, 28 Aug 2007 22:56:58 +0000 Adware Zango sues maker of antispyware tool <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Adware maker Zango Incorporated has sued PC Tools Pty Limited, makers of the popular Spyware Doctor software, in a dispute over the way the antispyware program flags and removes Zango's technology. The Spyware Doctor Starter... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 18 May 2007 18:27:59 +0000 Gator adware tops 2006 spyware chart <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Gator, a type of adware that offers free use of an application if users agree to view a series of pop-up messages tops the list of spyware most frequently detected by PandaLabs in 2006. Some... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Wed, 17 Jan 2007 11:18:49 +0000 Proof of concept adware program for OS X announced <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Online fraudsters may be ready to put Mac users in their sights. On Thursday, antivirus firm F-Secure published a brief analysis of a proof-of-concept adware program for the Mac OS X that could theoretically hook... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Michael Stanclift) Sun, 26 Nov 2006 04:55:14 +0000 Battlefield 2142 In-Game Ads - Adware or Spyware or Neither? <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>I thought this was a very interesting topic to come up today. I was browsing Gamespot's forums earlier and came upon this thread which is taken from a Shacknews discussion topic originally. In these two... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Todd Tanner) Mon, 16 Oct 2006 21:53:25 +0000 Microsoft give MVP Award to Adware Pusher <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A guy named paperghost over at Vital Security has written a scathing editorial on Patchous recent MVP award status. I'd like to point out that the opinion expressed herein is not that of Neowin, so... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 09 Oct 2006 08:10:53 +0000 Threats, Adware and Phising, Growing in Numbers <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The number of phishing sites increased and beat a new record. Adware and spyware are increasing at an exponential rate. Web users are poorly informed about threats. They happily go out, purchase a copy of... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Tue, 12 Sep 2006 11:24:53 +0000 Privacy tool bar is adware claim <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A BROWSER which claims to allow increased web privacy, has been blasted as adware which cannot do what it says on the tin. Browzar promises punters that it will leave no trail as users have... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Mon, 04 Sep 2006 09:33:26 +0000 AOL Security Tools Raise Adware Questions <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Just days after posting details of searches made by hundreds of thousands of subscribers, AOL is in hot water again with consumer advocates. This time the issue is with the company's Active Virus Shield anti-virus... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Fri, 18 Aug 2006 11:26:49 +0000 Adware company Claria Says to Uninstall its Adware <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Adware company Claria this week took the unusual step of telling users to uninstall its software, following through on a promise to exit the adware business in order to focus on personalized search. Claria says... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Parker) Mon, 26 Jun 2006 10:35:06 +0000 Advertise with Adware and Face Humiliation <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Many companies may face public humiliation by the United States Federal Trade Commission if they continue to serve ads through adware, according to reports. FTC Commissioner John Leibowitz said Thursday at an event hosted... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 10 Feb 2006 18:09:06 +0000 Adware firm helps FBI nab botnet hackers <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Adware maker 180solutions claims to be a key witness in the case against three Dutchmen accused of running a botnet which controlled 1.5m PCs. The group allegedly used the largest zombie army ever created to... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Mon, 07 Nov 2005 12:40:00 +0000 Microsoft Downgrades Claria Adware Detections <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft's Windows AntiSpyware application is no longer flagging adware products from Claria Corp. as a threat to PC users. Less than a week after published reports of acquisition talks between Microsoft Corp. and the Redwood... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 07 Jul 2005 19:36:57 +0000 Adware Maker Tries Image Makeover <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>In an apparent attempt to shed its image as an aggressive adware pusher, 180solutions is alerting PC users whose computers run its ad-serving software and is offering tips on removing it. The... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Tue, 28 Jun 2005 19:25:20 +0000 Symantec Sues in Adware Case <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Symantec Corp., which makes Internet security software, on Tuesday said it filed a lawsuit against an Internet company to seek the right to label some of its program files as adware. The company said... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 08 Jun 2005 15:02:58 +0000 Gator Adware Removal Tool 1.0 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Gator Adware Removal Tool enables network administrators to remove Gator from any machine on the network. Just type in the host name of the machine to scan. Requires... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sat, 27 Nov 2004 22:08:01 +0000 Spyware and Adware Removal Guide <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Tweaktown have mailed me a great guide on getting Spyware and Adware off your PC. Heres a snip from the guide: &quot;Today we are going to tell you about some of... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Parker) Fri, 15 Oct 2004 15:24:38 +0000 New Trojan Kills Adware <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A new Trojan horse program that attacks and removes troublesome advertising software, known as &quot;adware,&quot; is circulating on the Internet, according to antivirus company Symantec. The program, called Downloader.Lunii, was discovered earlier this week. When... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 07 Oct 2004 16:44:42 +0000 Adware T.V. Media Removal Tool <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>This tool will help to remove the adware T.V. Media from affected computers. This adware interferes with successful installation of Windows XP Service Pack 2. T.V. Media is bundled with certain advertisement-supported applications such as... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 22 Sep 2004 04:29:21 +0000 Yahoo clamps down on Claria adware <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Yahoo strengthened its new anti-spyware application to detect pop-up advertising software, including that of its longtime partner Claria, formerly known as Gator. The Web portal said this week it updated and widely... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 06 Aug 2004 21:55:38 +0000 Unpatched IE vuln exploited by adware <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Detailed information on a brace of unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer has been posted onto a dull disclosure mailing list. The flaws involve a cross-zone scripting vuln and a bug in IE's Local Resource Access... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Thu, 10 Jun 2004 17:44:44 +0000