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PestPatrol Questionable Results

by jackfrost64 / November 27, 2004 9:47 AM PST

Ran a PestPatrol scan after dowing a clean install of XP PRO on my 1.6 AMD Athlon XP + 1900 and got the following 1) Keylogger in hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\internet explorer|main.

I can not find this in the registry and have also run Ad-aware,spybot,SpySubtract,CwShreddder, Trend online,Stinger,have spyware Blaster install and none of this other products picked this up.

Now is this a figment of Pest Patrol's imagination or is this real and I can't find.

Any help will be greatly appreciated


Posted by: jackfrost64 Posted on: 11/27/2004 4:36 PM

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Re: PestPatrol Questionable Results
by Brent Welch / November 27, 2004 10:04 AM PST

PestPatrol scan is know to give several false alarms. There are a few prevoius threads here about that.

If memory serves, this particular entry has to do with an ActiveX capability.... in fact, the one that makes it possible for PestPatrol online scan to work.

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Re: PestPatrol Questionable Results
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 27, 2004 11:47 AM PST


seems to be a FALSE POSITIVE - have a look

click here

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Re: PestPatrol Questionable Results
by Jake Barnes / November 28, 2004 5:09 AM PST

I have had similar results with PP. Ran their scan and was told that I had: SystemSpy-Key Logger, SystemSoap Pro-Toolbar, Fake CD .99-Cracker tool (maybe, lol), Ezula TopText-Adware, Ezula-Adware and BonziBuddy-Spyware.

Now considering that I run 8-10 different malware apps that always come up clean ... I had my doubts. I tried the manual clean-up recommended by PP ... but found that the processes they said to shut down, were not in existence, the registry entries didn't exist, etc, etc.

I followed the suggested "searches" they recommended - came across another major security forum where a poster had reported a similar scan and EXACTLY the same results. This poster posted HijackThis logs - and the people who reviewed them concluded that none of the malware was present.

Which leads me to the conclusion that PP uses these "false positives" as a sales ploy - I'm reasonably savvy when it comes to security and security apps - and when I find one of these free scans throwing out false results to "encourge" a sale, I get angry.

I won't go into all the steps I took to be sure: Turning off system restore in XP, checking/deleting quarantine files in security apps, etc etc. - but I spent better part of a day checking this install. Ran reg cleaning apps - burned back-up copies of registries to disk to avoid having them get "picked up", safe mode scans ... Finally I re-ran the PP scan ... and got exactly the same results.

I've decided that this tactic of free scan - false positives is deceptive and totally unethical ... I since have found others who have had exactly the same issues I've experienced.

This is my official PP rant ...

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Re: PestPatrol Questionable Results
by dlhan / November 28, 2004 9:20 AM PST

Add me to list of "Suspect Pest Patrol results.

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Re: PestPatrol Questionable Results
by Jake Barnes / November 29, 2004 10:31 AM PST

I've since found others on other security forums with similar stories - seems CA is using some "interesting" sales techniques here ... but just a hunch ...

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Re: PestPatrol Questionable Results
by Jake Barnes / November 30, 2004 1:52 PM PST

then bump this - for the sake of others ...

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