RE: Adware, spyware, and trojans
From: Kruger, David, 1stLt, AFPCA/IAN (David.Kruger@pentagon.af.mil)
From: "Kruger, David, 1stLt, AFPCA/IAN" <David.Kruger@pentagon.af.mil>
To: "'Carere, Courtney'" <CCarere@rich.com>, "'security−email@example.com'" <security−basi
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 13:00:15 −0500
Here's Symantec's stance on the subject. Not sure about others:
Does Norton AntiVirus detect Jokes, Adware, or Spyware?
Last Updated on: October 28, 2002 03:12:51 PM PST
Jokes, adware, and spyware are programs that may arrive as email
attachments, may be downloaded from a Web site, or, in some cases, installed
when you install another program.
By design, Symantec Security Response does not provide virus definitions to
detect joke, adware, or spyware programs. Such programs are not malicious,
and detecting them only leads to unnecessary virus alerts, which could cause
you to believe that you have run or received a dangerous program when you
have not. If you have received or installed such a program, and you do not
want to run it, we suggest that you uninstall or delete it.
In general, if a suspicious program asks you to agree to an End User License
Agreement (EULA) prior to installation, or if the program itself is
copyrighted, then Symantec Security Response will not add a detection for
the program in question.
Jokes are programs that attempt to display something humorous or pretend to
perform a malicious action. They are not a viruses, worms, or Trojans, and
are not detected as such. If you received or installed a joke program, and
you do not want to run it, we suggest that you uninstall or delete it.
Adware is a type of program that displays an advertisement of some sort,
usually related to a specific Web site in your Web browser. In some cases,
it changes the home page of your Web browser to point to a specific Web
SecurityFocus BASICS: RE: Adware, spyware, and trojans