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Trend Micro acts like a spyware program

by pat1il / June 4, 2008 3:22 PM PDT

Trend Micro Internet Security is a major spyware product and has incompetent software engineers.

I have verified that I received duplicate http request from my home computer running Trend Micro Internet Security on my server. I developed a web based application for Habitat for Humanity and receive duplicate order transactions with identical information except one is from my home computer and the other is from an internet address delayed by somewhere from less than a second to 30 seconds.

After over two months of frustrating efforts to resolve this problem, Trend Micro sent me this response. "Regarding your case, the developers replied back to my request and they have confirmed that the IP address is created when the ?Phishing Filter? feature of the program is turned on. This IP is coming from our in the cloud web reputation server."

The net effect is that every single http transaction is duplicated with no intelligent determination of whether the IP address has already been verified. This doubles the traffic at the server, confuses any traffic reports and is an invasion of privacy. No where in the installation process was any mention made that they were forwarding all of my http requests to there server!!!

After waiting for over a month for a "fix", I have yet to hear from them. My recommendation to everyone out there is to use another security program.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 4, 2008 11:37 PM PDT

I can't count how many times bugs have been reported in nearly all the products in question. Maybe you should try another OS with full source open to you without the vulnerability you are protecting against?

Or why would you need the antiphish feature turned on in this instance. Your post is something like "Doctor, it hurts when I do this."

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Alarming Trend behavior...
by deiussum / July 5, 2009 10:20 PM PDT

I came across this post when trying to search out this exact issue. I have a small Facebook application that I was checking the logging on. I noticed that often, my brother-in-laws requests came from 3 or 4 different IPs. Usually the whois info on these IPs were owned by Trend, but occasionally they appeared to originate out of some IP owned by a company in Japan.

What I find most alarming about this is that these fake IPs were actually appearing to be logged in as my brother-in-laws account. So Trend is obviously also sending the cookies made with a request.

Now I realize that Trend is likely not storing this information anywhere, or planning to use it maliciously, but it really makes me nervous to know that they are sending all this information to some other computer and duplicating requests. In the context of my Facebook app, this behavior is relatively benign, but when I consider that this probably also happens with banking info, it makes me a bit nervous.

I realize a solution is to simply turn off the phishing filter, but how many people out there are aware of this behavior in order to do so?

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I'm seeing this too
by tempyfifteenth / October 24, 2011 10:00 AM PDT

I run a medium-sized web app and I just found this thread while researching the issue. I get at least a few of these requests a day, though in my case they're all denied because trendmicro fails to replicate the oauth data and clientagent properly. This also makes the system ring some scary alarm bells, which is annoying.

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