spyware?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by scumbag, Jun 23, 2002.

  1. scumbag

    scumbag Guest

    does anyone know if something called gatorsoftware, or gatortest is spyware??
     
  2. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    yup it is.
     
  3. scumbag

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    ok cool...anyclue where I may have picked it up? is there a program to download that will block spyware?
     
  4. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    gator is available for download and is included in a lot of freeware stuff. adaware removes it.
     
  5. scumbag

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    ok cool thank you....so it is pretty much useless and will not hurt to delete all that gator crap?
     
  6. GoNz0

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  7. zoey

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    ;) :cool:
     
  8. Electronic Punk

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    I think Gator comes with Getright and Audiogalaxy, is killed off easily enough.
     
  9. stuy_b

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    I just ran Adaware, and found "Alexa" any1 know what thats from??:confused:
     
  10. Electronic Punk

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    It comes with the service pack or anything that updates internet explorer, don't worry about it too much...it reports back data when you use "related links" as far as I can tell...
     
  11. stuy_b

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    well i did a backup and deleted it!!.. seems ok
     
  12. w0lv3rin3

    w0lv3rin3 The Source Political User

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    Here is some Detailed Info about Gator ware

    Company: The Gator Corporation
    Product: Gator/Offer Companion/Trickler/GAIN
    Threat: Annyoing Spyware

    Company URL: http://www.gator.com/
    Company product URL: http://www.gatoradvertisinginformationnetwork.com/help/gainfaq.html
    Company privacy URL: http://www.offercompanion.com/help/privacy_statement.html

    Functionality
    Fills in passwords for you and shows you a lot of ads.

    Description
    Upon visit of some Gator related pages, it tries to download and install. According to Tribune Media Services (via http://www.securitynewsportal.com/ via http://www.cexx.org/gator.htm): "Gator tracks the sites that users visit and forwards that data back to the company's servers. Gator sells the use of this information to advertisers who can purchase the opportunity to make ads pop up at certain moments, such as when specific words appear on a screen. It also lets companies launch a pop-up ad when users visit a competitor's Web site."
    And Gator saves your identity in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID section of the registry - good place to hide, if you've got something to hide.

    Privacy Statement
    Some information we may collect, use, and associate with your Anonymous ID includes:
    Which web pages your computer views and how much time is spent at those sites
    Your response to the ads we display
    Standard web log information and system settings
    What software is on your computer
    Your first name, country, and five digit ZIP code
    Your GAINware usage characteristics and preferences
    Information associated with your Anonymous ID is used in any of three ways: a) to offer assistance (e.g. knowing when to offer help filling in a form or adjust your computer's clock), b) to select and deliver installation files for optional new GAINware and/or third party software applications, and c) to deliver advertisements and information to you on behalf of our advertisers who are often competitors of the web sites you are viewing.