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ARE YOU CAHOOTS WITH CRAWLER??!?!

by Nicky Froobs / July 2, 2007 8:56 PM PDT

This is a known malware vendor. Why are all the user reviews out of chronological order? The two or so honest reviews, identifying it accurately, including mine submitted immedately before this post, are pushed to number 30 out of 50 reviews or later. I know I should pay for more of my software, but still, don't tempt my anger. I am in training for government service and I am more than happy to let uncle sam have the exclusive right to data mine me.

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SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?
by Nicky Froobs / July 2, 2007 9:01 PM PDT
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Nicky Froobs
by tomron / July 2, 2007 10:09 PM PDT
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Response...
by John.Wilkinson / July 3, 2007 3:38 AM PDT

It would have been helpful to indicate you were referring to the program Spyware Terminator on download.com. After tracking it down through your profile I found that Spyware Terminator was de-listed as rogue on Spyware Warrior over a year ago as it no longer was found to be suspicious, despite the company's affiliations. (click here) In addition, after looking through the user reviews on download.com I don't see an indication that they are 'plants' as several of those who gave Spyware Terminator fair or good ratings are long-term members with dozens of other product reviews. Finally, please note that the reviews are, by default, sorted by how helpful others have rated the reviews. Along the top you will find the option to sort by Positive Rating, Negative Rating, and Latest Post as well...you're choice. If you do wish to report Spyware Terminator as being infected by malware or otherwise rogue you can do so by clicking here. However, I see no indication of that, only past transgressions with other products.

John


P.S. I don't see what "game" you wish to play or why you mentioned that your adopted uncle works for the government and that you're in training for government service. That doesn't seem pertinent to your claim that Spyware Terminator is rogue.

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Thank you for your professional response.
by Nicky Froobs / July 3, 2007 5:36 AM PDT
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...but if you want to get technical, just try installing and uninstalling the program once, with the bundled toolbar - which, according to one of the other two reviews which rated it one star, installs itself regardless of user selection to do so - there should be no doubt to even a minimally computer literate individual what this program actually is. In order to complete the uninstallation process, the program requests a reboot (?!?), then immedately reinstalls itself onto the browser AND startup again, as does the main spyware program, if you attempt to uninstall that. Are you following my algorhythm so far? It stays resident, spawns a million registry entries, DISABLES control panel, and, according to a user ON CRAWLERS OWN FORUM, continues to redirect the browser in covert ways even after a manual uninstall. Crawler gained notoriety as a malware vendor some years back but the memory of it had grown dim and I carelessly installed it out of trust for your reviews and this website - I've came to this site even before it became C-Net. Well, I've learned my lesson. You've got a lot of cool wares but I went out and bought Kaspersky today and am installing it as we speak. No more freebies for me. Some things you can't trust to casual solicitors and security tops that. Again, I am humbled by the sheer audacity, flagrance, and tackyness of their strongarm hijack tactics. Well, one thing is for sure; they really DO take the spy out of SPYWARE.

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