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[News] [Rival] Surfing the Web Dangerous in Windows

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Malware spoofs AVG web site

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| A DANGEROUS new variant of malware is attacking PCs in the UK, the INQ has 
| discovered. It hijacks the victim's browser and directs them to a fake site 
| masquerading as AVG's own front page.  


"Government attorneys accuse Microsoft of using its monopoly position to bully,
bribe and attempt to collude with others in the industry, while illegally
expanding and protecting its Windows franchise."

                        The antitrust case: a timeline


AVG chokes fake traffic spew

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| Updated After howls of protest from countless web masters, AVG has promised
| to quit spewing fake traffic across the internet.


How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew

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| This has caused an enormous spike in traffic on sites across the web,
| including The Register, and many webmasters may not realize where these hits
| are coming from. Hoping to fool malware writers, LinkScanner mimics real live
| human clicks. At least in part.
| [...]
| To avoid confusion, we've updated this story to point out that webmasters are
| filtering traffic by identifying both the missing HTTP header and the IE6
| agent. It should also be noted that LinkScanner seems to be using two other
| user agents. But these are far less prevalent. At the moment, these are the
| three user agents the product seems to employ:
|     Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
|     User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
|     User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1;1813)


AVG disguises fake traffic as IE6

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| In late February, AVG paired its updated anti-virus engine with a real-time
| malware scanner that vets search engine results before you click on them. If
| you search Google, for instance, this LinkScanner automatically visits each
| address that turns up on Google's results page.


S&M blogger outs web host malware attack

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| Ipower, a US-based webhost at the center of at least one previous wide-scale 
| breach, is once again having to explain why it was hosting a fleet of sites 
| that redirected visitors to sites that attempt nasty drive-by installations.   


Bots Helped To Boost Microsoft Live Search Gains

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| In a blog post, Compete analyst Steve Willis attributed Microsoft's
| search gains to prizes awarded to users participating in Live Search
| Club, which features games that post queries to Microsoft's search
| engine.
| [...]
| Microsoft is essentially being DDoSed by thousands of people hundreds
| of times per minute, but they are mistaking this rise in traffic for
| people actually using Live Search."


Microsoft funding bankrupt Live Search experiment with porn spam

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| Dear reader, please tell me: what do you think of a search engine that steals
| (bandwidth and AdSense revenue), lies, spams away, and is not clever enough
| to stop their criminal activities when they’re caught?  
| Recently a Live Search rep whined in an interview because so many robots.txt
| files out there block their crawler...

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