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Name Game
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SpywareInfo.com, bad news......

SpywareInfo.com, bad news......

GoDaddy just auctioned off Mike Healan's original SpywareInfo.com, and what happened to it is what we feared would when we saw how high the price was getting. As of yesterday the new owner had a page up directing people to fake protection programs, some of them being downright malicious. If you see any links in any forums that still point to the original SpywareInfo links, you might want to ask Admins to change them to the new link of spywareinfoforum.com. I sure don't want anyone to go to the old domain and get infected by this garbage.

Example here at DSLR of a SpywareInfo link.

»Spywareinfo's online scan?
Also see this posting for the correct url to the forum since it was changed.
»www.geekstogo.com/2008/10/29/wha···areinfo/
Good link to existing forum after name change.
»spywareinfoforum.com/

See also this link for more info

»www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.p···ry668266

List of Sites who link to spywareinfo.com.

Domain profile page for spywareinfo.com. This page has aggregated link data from Message Board Posts, and Forum Threads, which have linked TO and FROM spywareinfo.com both internally and externally. This page reports by time period the link matrix for the following:

»boardreader.com/domain/spywareinfo.com

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bcruze

join:2006-03-03
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Site blocked. searchportal.information.com is not allowed on this network.

This site was categorized as:

Adware, Parked Domains

Questions? Not properly categorized?

from using OPENDNS servers



ahulett
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reply to Name Game

And to think, I handed this domain to Mike for the $3 processing fee NetSol charged for the transfer. I'm sorry this went like this - while a part of me is very glad the site was very successful, a part of me wishes I'd of never sold the domain knowing where it wound up now.

-A



Smokey Bear
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Annie's Pub
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reply to Name Game

Published.



MarkAW
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reply to bcruze

said by bcruze:

Site blocked. searchportal.information.com is not allowed on this network.

This site was categorized as:

Adware, Parked Domains

Questions? Not properly categorized?

from using OPENDNS servers
Heh!same here.


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hayc59
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said by ahulett:

And to think, I handed this domain to Mike for the $3 processing fee NetSol charged for the transfer. I'm sorry this went like this - while a part of me is very glad the site was very successful, a part of me wishes I'd of never sold the domain knowing where it wound up now.

-A
you never ever know what happens in the future
not yours to blame Aaron


Doctor Four
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reply to Name Game

I still had the original domain bookmarked, yet following it all I got was a small pink dash (as in the bone eDexter uses when it finds a site in the hosts file).

While the original name is not in my hosts file, searchportal.information.com is, with a note beside the entry reading "[Panda.Spyware:Cookie/Searchportal]".

Time to take out the trash, so to speak.
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DaHen
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reply to Name Game

Thanks for the info.


Mele20
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reply to Name Game

Why was it auctioned off?

Searchportal has been in my hosts file for a quite awhile so I just get Proxo 404 error.


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said by Mele20:

Why was it auctioned off?

Searchportal has been in my hosts file for a quite awhile so I just get Proxo 404 error.
Mike flat out disappeared.
The moderators and teachers in their spyware removal forums wanted to continue but GoDaddy refused and only wanted to deal with Mike.

Mele20
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Hilo, HI
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So, he pulled a Wayne Langlois? Are they together perhaps?



Name Game
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reply to ahulett

said by ahulett:

And to think, I handed this domain to Mike for the $3 processing fee NetSol charged for the transfer. I'm sorry this went like this - while a part of me is very glad the site was very successful, a part of me wishes I'd of never sold the domain knowing where it wound up now.

-A
Yup..sad..but we still have you around and your success story is one to be proud of..Happy Holidays Aaron.
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cnm

join:2002-10-17
Sunnyvale, CA

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The site is now at »www.spywareinfoforum.info
We will be keeping it intact, as much as possible. A snapshot of September 2006.

There is a link to it at the top of the forum
»www.spywareinfoforum.com

I have fixed most of the broken internal links that were zapped when I changed the URL - but please let me know if you encounter any.


Graycode

join:2006-04-17
reply to bcruze

said by bcruze:

Site blocked. searchportal.information.com is not allowed on this network.
For me the spywareinfo.com requests were processed by static.parkingpanel.com
Guess I'll just block them too.


Name Game
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reply to cnm

said by cnm:

The site is now at »www.spywareinfoforum.info
We will be keeping it intact, as much as possible. A snapshot of September 2006.

There is a link to it at the top of the forum
»www.spywareinfoforum.com

I have fixed most of the broken internal links that were zapped when I changed the URL - but please let me know if you encounter any.
Good work..best to you and the crew over there cnm.
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cnm

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Thanks, Name Game.

By the way, if you have any links to spywareinfo.com on your sites:

In general all links can be fixed by just replacing spywareinfo.com with spywareinfoforum.info

So that a link to "www.spywareinfo.com/whatever" becomes a link to "www.spywareinfoforum.info/whatever".

However the forum has a different domain, »www.spywareinfoforum.com. For links to the forum, which are probably more numerous, links should be fixed by replacing forums.spywareinfo with www.spywareinfoforum

So that a link to "forums.spywareinfo.com/..." becomes a link to "www.spywareinfoforum.com/...".



winchester73

join:2003-08-08
Chapel Hill, NC

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Thanks cnm for all that you are doing ...



Name Game
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Grand Rapids, MI
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reply to cnm

Yes..good point..that is exactly what I did at our portal page for your site the other day..link to the forum for SWI

»gladiator-antivirus.com/forum/in···act=home



VikingBob

join:2004-06-05
Ste Anne, MB
reply to Name Game

The download link for HijackThis needs fixing on this page: »www.spywareinfoforum.info/downloads.php

www.merjin.org gets you a "NOTICE: This domain name expired on 11/23/2008 and is pending renewal or deletion."



Name Game
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And wilder's org no longer has that list or downloads either..

»www.wilders.org/

That whole page needs rework at SWI..always something to fix.



bcastner
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Chevy Chase, MD
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@Name Game,

Thanks for the heads up on this.

It is very sad to see. And in the future for cases like this, it would be wonderful if OpenDNS or other DNS servers would offer a "safe" alternative, with some mention that the original site contents were available under a different URL.

I am not denigrating their efforts to block the original URL of the site. I think that is great too.

SWI had and has attracted some awfully bright folks in the malware removal field, and it is heartening to see them in a new home.

Best regards, and thank you again,
Bill

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Libra
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reply to bcruze

said by bcruze:

Site blocked. searchportal.information.com is not allowed on this network.

This site was categorized as:

Adware, Parked Domains

Questions? Not properly categorized?

from using OPENDNS servers
I have Opendns and opened an account with them. Could you please explain to me how to have it block this and other undesireable sites? Thank you.

Sincerely, Libra

Libra
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^bump^

Does anyone know what filter I have to set to have these sites blocked automatically in opendns.com?

Sincerely, Libra



MarkAW
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See screen shot.

Libra
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Hi MarkAW,

Thanks so much for the screenshots. I blocked searchportal.information.com and then chose to block all categories that include it and was presented with a confirmation for adware and parked domain. I checked both.

I appreciate your help very much.

Sincerely, Libra



MarkAW
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Only here to help when i can Libra.



Smokey Bear
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Another old site goes under the auction block, this time it concern merijn.org

The domain is on Mike's server and GoDaddy seems to be slaughtering everything connected to Mike, now that they realize he cannot be contacted.

News sources:

Spywarewarrior.com »spywarewarrior.com/viewtopic.php···9#191769
Spywareinfoforum.com »www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.p···l=merijn

Edit: removed a link for security reasons
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norwegian
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Outback


All these great sites?

I wan't to be a cleaner but found myself needing more training which was/is still frustrating me, but see all these sites being treated this way, and the end of the rein of Paul at CastleCops, what is happening to all the work that some great people started......what a mess.

Let's hope the next 5 to 10 years has as much to offer us.
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Hi Smokey,

quote:
Merijn.org will always be reachable at »xx.xx.xxx.xx/~merijn/
Be careful of the links. I noticed the Spywareinfo graphic button on the right side of the page still leads to the .com address and there may be other issues as the last post indicates not being able to update that site in September 2008. The link to the mirror at CCSP is stopped at Feb 2008...

Mike

Edit: removed part of the URL per request


Smokey Bear
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said by coldmoon:

Be careful of the links. I noticed the Spywareinfo graphic button on the right side of the page still leads to the .com address and there may be other issues as the last post indicates not being able to update that site in September 2008. The link to the mirror at CCSP is stopped at Feb 2008...
Ar. Link removed. But still available in your reply...
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