Merijin stops the develop of CwShredder

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by NeonWizard, Jun 29, 2004.

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  1. NeonWizard

    NeonWizard Registered Member

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    Merijn Bellekom has abandoned developing software that removes one of the nastiest browser hijackers on the planet: CoolWebSearch, a trojan that converts your PC into a source of revenue for fly-by-night porn sites not capable of generating legitimate Web traffic.

    The trojan installs dozens of bookmarks to foul porn sites on your desktop; it also adds a toolbar to Internet Explorer and changes your home page without asking. And it significantly slows down the performance of your PC, and introduces some modifications which cause Windows to freeze, crash or randomly reboot.

    It takes a brave Dutch student, Merijn Bellekom, to remove the hijacker effectively; but CWS seems to be winning, leaving users at risk.

    Bellekom has just released the latest version of his CWShredder (1.59), the only antidote to the trojan, but warns that his app won't be updated again: "I have a few bugs to fix, but after that there's not much left to do. I simply do not have the tools to remove the latest variants. They are too aggressive or too complicated to allow for automated removal."

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  2. Paul Wilders

    Paul Wilders Administrator

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    Hi Tech,

    Since someone beat you to it over here, I'm sure you don't mind me closing this thread ;).

    regards.

    paul
     
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