A FIX BUILD of BOClean 4.21 has just been released - this "fix build" addresses two problems in the original release. New copies of the "002" began delivery a few minutes ago. (03/01/2006-9:18PM EST)
The first problem required replacement of the BOClean DLL file to solve a problem on some machines where bootup time was excessive and caused BOClean's DLL to load before its kernel driver had been loaded, resulting in it being unloaded by the system. This resulted in 100% CPU and lockups under certain conditions. In addition to a new DLL, we reverted to the original kernel driver. The second problem involves a bug in the BOCEXC.EXE "excluder" module which would write out its data to a BOC420.DAT file instead of the correct BOC421.DAT file, making exclusions impossible. Finally because of complaints that the unaffected BOCLEAN program file itself was not changed to reflect changes to other modules, the BOC421.EXE file was retagged as 4.20.002 even though no changes were ever made to that file. Synopsis of files are as follows:
BOCDRIVE.SYS 8,477 05-01-05 3:22a (reverted to original)
BOC4UPD .EXE 46,592 02-25-06 6:46a (no changes)
BOC421 .XVU 200,951 02-27-06 11:35a (no changes)
BOSETUP .EXE 159,744 02-27-06 8:48p (no changes)
BOCORE .EXE 69,632 02-27-06 3:00p (no changes)
BOCLEAN .DLL 81,920 03-01-06 1:17a (fixed kernel loader time in 001)
BOCEXC .EXE 118,784 03-01-06 8:53p (fixed incorrect 420 with 421)
BOC421 .EXE 196,096 03-01-06 9:09p (changed version number only)
On the first replacement, we automatically resent the files to all who had received the earlier file. We are not going to do so this time - you will need to request the upgrade again. This is necessitated by some rather nasty people who put in "spamming complaints" against us for trying to do the right thing. "No good deed goes unpunished." Therefore, there will be no automatic resends except to our corporate/governmental/institutional customers who have already received their replacements.
Please read and follow the directions below to avoid delays in receiving your copy of the new BOClean 4.21 release. We want to make this as smooth as possible for everybody, and we appreciate your cooperation. SUPPORT and STAFF here are unable to send you upgrades, so please read the information below in order to get yours as quickly as possible. We've hired extra people to handle upgrades as we always do, however they work 10AM to 6PM US Eastern standard time. We do not have the resources to provide upgrades on a 24 hour basis as we did in the past - that's why we made the "extended download service" available to those who wanted the ability to obtain a new version instantly using this opportunity. Corporate, institutional and government customers have already received their upgrade as per our "maintenance contract policies." No further action is required as you've already received your upgrades and related material in an advance release of 4.21.
BOClean 4.21 has been "officially" released. This new version improves performance in detecting and deleting all sorts of trojans, worms, bots, hijackers, downloaders, spam proxies, rootkits, adware, spyware, keyloggers, "dialers" and other malware. Yes, that?s right, we?ve been covering keyloggers for some time now, and they are becoming popular among identity thieves, as seen in today?s New York Times (subscription required):
If the mass media is catching on, you can be sure the problem?s already rampant. Not to worry, BOClean keeps you covered, so there?s no need to run additional software (and lose system performance) to detect those pests.
What's new in BOClean 4.21? Note the new BOCORE service, a kernel monitor designed to catch nasties before they can "root." And for those who managed to grab "root," BOClean 4.21 can see them when your antivirus, antispyware and firewall CANNOT as BOClean always has been able to. The latest nasties can live at "kernel level" and hide from "user level," but BOClean 4.21's BOCORE *lives* in the bunker of the kernel level, unlike any other antimalware can do. BOCORE is only the beginning. We've seen the newest of nasties that can even hide at ROOT level, and that's the reason for BOClean 4.21 and the rush to get it out. When rootkits can hide from the kernel, there's serious nastiness ahead and BOClean 4.21 is ready once again with its baseball bat to take them out.
To upgrade any version of our software (excluding BOClean EDS customers), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your request, please include any or all of the following: Your order number, email address at the time of purchase, full name and the correct email address to send to. Once we confirm your request, your software will arrive in a reply email. If you are certain you can receive them, we will send an EXE or ZIP ONLY if you request those formats. Otherwise, we will send an encrypted file and instructions on how to get the decoder program download from us. This is a LOT easier than it may sound.
Please set up your email program to prompt for a file attachment storage location, this will expedite file installation. Saving the decoder and encrypted 001 file to the desktop will make the process very easy. Be sure that your firewall is set up to permit attachments to get through and be sure your ISP does not block attachments. Some web-based services do, if you have an alternate email address it would be helpful if you include it in your email. You'll get your software faster if you do. Please be patient, requests can take up to 24 hours to fill. Thanks for your cooperation.
For those of you who paid the extra couple of bucks for the "EXTENDED DOWNLOAD" when you purchased BOClean, you don't HAVE to wait - simply grab your original order and password and go directly back to the download site, redownload the "old version" which will magically be the NEW version when you receive it regardless of what the page says. You PAID for "enhanced service" and you GET it! No need to go through the "gauntlet of the freebie" if you went for the "extended download."
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