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Kazza offically sucks.......
« on: March 22, 2006, 07:49:10 am »
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1940747,00.asp

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Spyware Trail Leads to Kazaa, Big Advertisers
By Ryan Naraine
March 21, 2006    

The StopBadware.org coalition, funded by Google, has listed the Kazaa file-sharing application at the top of a list of noxious software programs that present a threat to business and consumer users.

The coalition, which counts Sun Microsystems and Lenovo among its sponsors, will recommend in its inaugural Badware Report that users stay away from Kazaa and three other programs that can be combined with Trojans and bots for use in data theft attacks.

Adware and spyware programs that come bundled with peer-to-peer applications present a huge security risk to corporate networks, and StopBadware.org says Kazaa's claim to be spyware-free cannot be trusted.

"[Kazaa] does not completely remove all components during the uninstall process, interferes with computer use, and makes undisclosed modifications to other software," the group said in the report, which is scheduled for release on March 22.

In addition to Kazaa, StopBadware.org said computer users should stay away SpyAxe, a rogue anti-spyware program; MediaPipe, a download manager that offers access to media content; and Waterfalls 3, a screensaver utility.

PointerRead more here about Google's backing of the StopBadware coalition.

In Kazaa's case, the report said the P2P agent comes bundled with several annoying and potentially dangerous adware and spyware programs, including TopSearch, AltNet Peer Points manager, BullGuard P2P, Cydoor, The Best Offers, InstaFinder and RX Toolbar.

Some of these third-party software applications cannot be closed by the average user and, in some cases, the uninstallation process does not eliminate all components related to Kazaa and its bundled programs, the report said.

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After the uninstaller was run, the coalition's testers found that executables and system components still remained, including the Kazaa Plus Installer. Additionally, the group found that Kazaa and its bundled applications added new links to the Windows Desktop without disclosure during the installation process.

InstaFinder, one of the applications bundled with Kazaa, even changed the default 404 page and DNS (Domain Name System) error pages in Internet Explorer without disclosing the modification to the user, the group said.

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The report also recommends that Sharman Networks, the company that distributes Kazaa, stop claiming that the software is spyware-free and ensure that Kazaa is not bundled with programs that cannot be closed by the user.

Sharman is also urged to remove all executables, system components and registry keys during the uninstall process and to notify the user about changes to the desktop and other software modifications.



There you have it folks, in case you didnt already know, its official, Kazza sucks.......

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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006, 09:29:43 am »
:lol: like we didn't know that already.
That's good info for all the noodies out there who are just starting to use p2p.

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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006, 06:45:15 pm »
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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006, 09:37:38 pm »
Putting WinMX aside for a moment :lol:, gotta wonder... would KaZaA be any better without the spyware?


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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2006, 12:42:32 am »
Who here doesn't use Kazaalite? Let's be honest. THe Kazaa program does not matter. Nobody like it, and nobody uses it, except for peopel who don't konw about Kazaalite Resurrection.

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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2006, 12:48:06 pm »
i dont use kazaa
i use shareazaa and filetopia
But anyways thought there would be something wrong with kazaa
as soon as i first heard of it

(actually i thought it was a virus when i first heard the name)
open source all the way

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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2006, 01:20:41 pm »
(actually i thought it was a virus when i first heard the name)

that was a good guess, how about trying to guess this weeks lottery numbers for me?

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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2006, 01:44:09 am »
YOu do realize that Shareaza and Filetopia have ad crap just like Kazaa does, right? Well, in case you didn't, it does.

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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2006, 08:20:07 am »
I have used Shareaza and Filetopia, I have never seen any advertising in either,

Shareaza is open source too so I seriously doubt sourceforge would host for a commercial venture.

I originally tried Tesla which is the same program as Filetopia, just a different server.
There site was left to rot and spyware folks cloned it to exploit IE spyware weaknesses, I cant say that I have seen a single Ad on any of the versions I have of either Tesla or Filetopia.

Any details Lysander ?

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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2006, 02:37:57 pm »
i played about with filetopia a while back, i found no such ads etc either....

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Re: Kazza offically sucks.......
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2006, 10:10:16 pm »
...Huh. Maybe I was wrong, then.

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