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Mon, Jul 4, 2005 (Vol. 10, #27 - Issue #532)
Is Microsoft Buying The Claria Adware Company?
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Live In the USA? Happy Independence Day
- Is Microsoft Buying The Claria Adware Company?
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Remote Desktop Settings
- USB Flash Drive Manager For XP
- Microsoft Offers Final W2K Server Rollup. Get It!
- Protecting The Enterprise From Disaster With AD
- Best Practices: Desktop Disaster Recovery
- Does Your Company Send E-Newsletters? Legal Alert
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- SUS: No More Downloads, But Updates Till June 6, 2006
- Microsoft's Website Does Have Compliance Covered
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Some Spyware "Did You Know?" Ammo Items
- PC World August 2005 Confirms: CounterSpy Wins
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Tom and Deb Shinder's Configuring ISA Server 2004
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Live In the USA? Happy Independence Day
This W2Knews is officially the July 4-th issue, but we send it
on the Friday before, so you can read it over the weekend. Hope
all of you have a good long weekend without downtime at the
office, and time to see War Of The Worlds, Awesome movie.
And now back to work! The eMarketer site has a good writeup on
spyware -- with nifty charts and graphs. eMarketer always does
nice high-level overviews of various issues. This latest report
from them highlights the spyware issue and you can use this data
as ammo to get budget, as a whopping 87% states they have
experienced productivity losses. Here is a link to the graphs:
The Radicati Group also just came out with a new report that
shows the administrative cost of dealing with spyware-infected
computers will reach about $265 per user in 2005. Check here:
Is Microsoft Buying The Claria Adware Company?
Now here is something that baffles me. I hear noises that in
its feverish quest to beat Google, Redmond seems to have gone
nuts. I can hardly believe my ears, but it seems for the last
two weeks, Microsoft has been in talks to buy Claria (formerly
known as Gator and one of the most hated companies in the world).
A year ago BillG railed against spyware, but now SteveB seems
to be trying hard to become part of the problem instead.
Claria is widely penetrated (40 million PC infected) and nasty
piece of adware. Microsoft's own antispyware beta tags the
Claria code and removes it!! What's even worse, allegedly they
were willing to pay 500 Million bucks for it. Why? It's the
world's largest database of personalized data on the surfing
behavior of those 40 million people. Shadows of Big Brother...
Let me get this right...umm, they say that spyware is bad. They
buy Giant company and give away antispyware beta code for free.
OK, I get it up to here. Now they plan to buy one of the largest
adware outfits on the planet for half a billion?? I'm suddenly
totally lost. It's wrong from so many angles I don't know where
Steve Ballmer can't be serious by rewarding an adware outfit
for their unethical behavior and the aggravation they cause.
What message does this send to the rest of the spyware industry?
Fortunately, it looks like at least a few people in Redmond have
kept their sanity, as there seems to be internal opposition to
this deal. Perhaps these rebels leaked it to the media? Keep up
the good fight, you few remaining Redmond heroes that are PR-savvy and have not gone to the dark side. Microsoft, please say
it ain't so...
Quotes Of The Week:
"Do or do not. There is no try."-- Yoda
"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
Remote Desktop Settings
If you use remote desktop, you sometimes need to connect to the
console session. Here's a way through the RDP settings file to
do just that. Quite useful:
USB Flash Drive Manager For XP
You may have missed it, but Microsoft released a utility that
helps Manage flash drives. You can copy files to and from flash
drives; create backups, configure autorun capabilities, and
store wireless configuration settings.
Microsoft Offers Final W2K Server Rollup. Get It!
Microsoft last week released a final security rollup for
W2K Server just two days before the software transitions from
Mainstream to Extended support. You should get this! More
detail at the SearchWin2000 site:
Protecting The Enterprise From Disaster With AD
How can you prevent an administrator from harming your computer
environment by using his or her rights inappropriately? Delegate
administration rights carefully, says AD expert Gary Olson. And
ultimately you have to trust the administrator. If you don't trust
an individual's judgment and skills, then you should not grant
them the rights. Here's more on Directory Service Restore Mode
(DSRM), and how to use it. Useful!
Best Practices: Desktop Disaster Recovery
A desktop system crashes. Critical data is at stake. What steps
should you take? Here are 5 Best Practices that lay the groundwork
for what you should do over at SearchWinSystems.com.
Does Your Company Send E-Newsletters? Legal Alert
How the new Michigan and Utah email laws affect you (perhaps more
than you think) SUMMARY: Blech! Two new state laws come into effect
Friday, July 1st. Both:
- Directly impact permission mailers
- Carry nasty penalties
- Launch new state Do Not Email registries
- Are not circumvented by CAN-SPAM compliance
Here's the Marketing Sherpa practical FAQ for permission emailers
including links to the text of both laws. (Access until July 10)
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
SUS: No More Downloads, But Updates Till June 6, 2006
Less than a month after the Windows Server Update Services
(WSUS) enterprise patch-management platform was RTM-ed, Redmond
has turned off downloads of the previous version (SUS).
According to Microsoft, SUS will be supported through June 6,
2006 though. After that date, no new update content will be
delivered to SUS. This means you have just short of a year
to update a SUS deployment to WSUS, but some admins are
grumbling that Redmond did not provide adequate notice of
the forced upgrade.
"If I have a SUS deployment in the works, Microsoft is now
telling me that I must change right now. Microsoft is making
the assumption that customers have fully deployed SUS 1.0 and
have no further deployment plans. They're now making budgeting
decisions for us," said one enterprise IT administrator with
a high-profile company, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Jason Leznek, senior product manager in Microsoft's Windows
and Enterprise Management division, argued that the company has
been "strongly encouraging" users to download Windows Server
Update Services in place of SUS 1.0 for the last year and a
half, saying that it "should come as no surprise".
"We have strong feedback from customers that they were deploying
WSUS RC [Release Candidate] in production, so they didn't want
to wait for the final code before they migrated from SUS."
My view on this that it's a gift horse, and a pretty good one,
so don't look it in the mouth. I see admins drop their third
party patching solutions and implement WSUS as it's free
which is good strategy if you run a Microsoft-only network.
You can discuss WSUS, its installation, use and problems at
the NTSYSADMIN list that Sunbelt hosts at no cost:
Microsoft's Website Does Have Compliance Covered
I found a good article in InfoWorld that you might like when
your company needs to comply with the new Sarbanes-Oxley laws:
"Recently, a fellow IT geek was complaining about Microsoft's lack
of information regarding the compliance bogeyman. His face
flushed, he practically spit the last drops of his beer across
the table at me, snapping "Where is their compliance guide? You
can't find anything on their site.". Read on!
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Some Spyware "Did You Know?" Ammo Items
Did you know?
- That some of the most harmful spyware and adware threats use
multiple ways to subvert uninstallation, including the creation
of random file names, resuscitators, rootkits, and hiding
themselves from normal Windows system processes.
Did you know?
- That the EULAs for some adware vendors state they will charge
you $300 an hour in legal fees if you file suit against them -
whether you win or lose.
Did you know?
- That adware companies make as much as $90 million a year in
Did you know?
- That adware vendors pay their distributors per installation
but do very little to police their distributors' affiliates,
which leads to forced/stealth installations without the user's
Did you know?
- That using a virus scanner will not protect you from most
adware and spyware threats?
PC World August 2005 Confirms: CounterSpy Wins
Mary Landesman states in the new August 2005 PC World Magazine:
"We tested new versions of three anti-spyware apps and like
them, but an old favorite stands out. I looked at new install-ments of three anti-spyware applications: a prerelease version
of Sunbelt Software's CounterSpy 1.5, plus shipping versions
of Webroot's Spy Sweeper 4 and FBM Software's ZeroSpyware 2005.
CounterSpy's DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) technology sounded
particularly interesting. While both Spy Sweeper and ZeroSpyware
put in a good showing, CounterSpy continues to impress me the
most. Add to that its unobtrusive alerts and its $20 price
(including one year of updates and online tech support), and
CounterSpy is a clear winner.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Tom and Deb Shinder's Configuring ISA Server 2004
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