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News - November 16, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / November 15, 2004 4:08 PM PST

Lexmark denies spyware allegations

Lexmark has firmly denied installing spyware on its customers' computers, after allegations appeared on a Usenet newsgroup that its printers install software that sends personal information back to the company....

Lexmark UK has issued a statement in response to the allegations: "Lexmark Connect is a voluntary program that is fully disclosed to all users during the installation process for a new printer. During this process, a registration screen will appear that will allow the user to choose to participate, or not participate in this program. A user MUST review this page and click "continue", or the registration process will not install the program or the printer."

Fair enough, but it looks on the following screen grab like both the registration and Lexmark Connect options are "opt-out", so you have to physically deselect the latter to avoid being registered in the programmme. We asked Lexmark to confirm but this the company had not been able to do so at time of publication.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/15/lexmark_spyware/

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by Donna Buenaventura / November 15, 2004 4:10 PM PST

Security software specialist McAfee Inc. has added a new module to its virus scan engine to help businesses combat the growing spyware scourge.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based McAfee (formerly Network Associates) said the new Anti-Spyware Enterprise Edition Module will plug into the McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 7.1 and 8.0i to add another layer of protection against spyware, adware, dialers, keystroke loggers and password crackers.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1727755,00.asp

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by Marianna Schmudlach / November 16, 2004 7:47 AM PST

The man who created the free Web-based e-mail service is launching a new venture.

Julian Bajkowski, Computerworld Today Australia
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http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,118608,tk,dn111604X,00.asp

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