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A fond farewell to our friends at CastleCops

Sunday, January 4th, 2009 | News | 2 Comments

As you may have heard, CastleCops.com closed down on December 23.

Attempts to visit any page on the site are redirect to a brief message:

You have arrived at the CastleCops website, which is currently offline. It has been our pleasure to investigate online crime and volunteer with our virtual family to assist with your computer needs and make the Internet a safer place. Unfortunately, all things come to an end. Keep up the good fight folks, for the spirit of this community lies within each of us. We are empowered to improve the safety and security of the Internet in our own way. Let us feel blessed for the impact we made and the relationships created.

Some people may not know how tirelessly Paul, Robin (his wife), and numerous volunteers worked on the site, for the benefit of the Internet community. They provided invaluable resources, help, and (in recent years) tools to take up the fight against phishers and the other scum of the Internet. And for everything it was, it was a success.

So while it’s a sad to see such a great resource go down, I’m grateful for everything they were able to accomplish. The Internet is a better place today because of CastleCops, and those who helped make it what it was.

I am happy, however, to note that not all of the resources that CastleCops provided have been lost to the ether.

A few months ago, we offered assistance to Tony Klein and all of the other “malware list” creators, editors and maintainers should it be needed. The fruits of that labor are SystemLookup.com, the new home for the malware lists formerly hosted on CastleCops. Everything is there – the CLSID list, Startups, and the O9, O10, O16, O18, O20, O21, O22, O23 lists. We’ve even added some new lists (ShellExecuteHooks), with more likely to arrive soon. All of the lists are maintained around the clock by a top-notch team of some of the best in the Internet community.

In addition, many others who worked tirelessly to contribute to CastleCops have continued their missions on other sites and forums. A fitting tribute, perhaps, that even if CastleCops has not lasted to fight the scum of the Internet, those who it helped inspire may.

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Patches released for serious IE, Firefox flaws

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 | Security | 2 Comments

Microsoft has released a patch to fix a critical flaw in Internet Explorer.

This flaw is being actively exploited to compromise machines and install malware/spyware/rogue programs, so please run Windows Update and download the update immediately. Even if you don’t use IE for the majority of your browsing, other programs may use its underlying engine to display content.

Mozilla just released updates for Firefox 2.0 and 3.0 as well, to fix its own set of security issues. Be sure to run “Help” > “Check for Updates” in Firefox to update to the latest version.

Also please note: Firefox 2.0.0.19 is the last security update that will be released for Firefox 2.x. If your system supports it, you should upgrade to Firefox 3 as soon as possible.

Keeping your browser of choice up-to-date is imperative. It’s your first line of defense against the bad side of the web.

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Fake “SpywareGuard2008” rogue – beware

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 | Rogues | 1 Comment

A fake, rogue anti-malware product, going under the name “SpywareGuard 2008”, is making the rounds.

This program is not, in any way, associated with Javacool Software or our legitimate SpywareGuard product. Rather, “SpywareGuard 2008” is yet another rogue anti-malware utility trying to bank off of the name of a good program.

Legitimate download links for the real SpywareGuard are always available on our site.

The latest SpywareBlaster database update protects against the fake SpywareGuard2008, as well as thousands of other rogue and potentially unwanted programs.

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Antivirus 2009 search-engine redirect hacks

Sunday, December 7th, 2008 | Redirects | 14 Comments

Result of a Redirect: Antivirus 2009 Fake Scan Page

Result of a Redirect: Antivirus 2009 Fake Scan Page

Recently, we’ve come across a number of legitimate sites that have been hacked to redirect to various rogue anti-malware “scan” sites (including Antivirus2009).

The hack involves a twist. Visiting the sites directly (i.e. via a bookmark or manually entering the address) results in no redirect and, often, no signs of the hack. The malicious redirect only occurs when a user arrives at the site via search engine results.

This clever tactic serves to effectively delay any fixes. Site owners’ visiting their site directly won’t see any evidence of the redirect. But since many sites receive a majority of their traffic from search engines, that large majority of users will keep getting redirected to the malicious site.

The root cause of many of these hacks is › Continue reading

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Welcome to the Javacool Blog

Saturday, December 6th, 2008 | Blog | 2 Comments

Welcome to the Javacool Software blog. Yes, at long last we finally have a blog. 😉

Although things may look a little empty at the moment, we’ll soon be blogging here about our software, security and privacy issues, and much more. We’re ever-busy, but we do plan to keep a fairly regular blogging schedule.

Most importantly, we look forward to getting your feedback on new versions of our existing products… and some really neat new stuff. We’ve been working diligently on new releases, and as-yet-unrevealed surprises, and we’ll be giving a sneak peek into all of it here.

Much more will be coming soon – stay tuned!

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