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    Using a modified version of the Javascript BHO tester found at http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ I collected some statistics regarding levels of infection of all BHO's currently tested by that script.

    Here's 1 hours worth of stats, 6 to 7pm on a Saturday:

    1278 unique surfers visited the site
    1132 of those were using MS IE
    1089 of those were using MS IE on Windows

    786 BHO instances reported (most surfers, if they had parasites, had more than one)

    Instances found, BHO name

    89 BDE (that's 8% of the people using MSIE/Win! - 3d media popup adverts)
    72 NewDotNet (DNS extension)
    54 NetworkEssentials (delivers targetted pop-up's)
    50 HuntBar (23 are HuntBar/Link - typically used to hijack affiliate fees from merchant sites)
    47 MoneyTree (porn site dialler)
    43 IEAccess (porn site dialler)
    28 IPInsight (form entry logger/spy)
    26 MySearch (search hijacker)
    23 HotBar (dynamically adds toolbar buttons to competitors' sites)
    21 CometCursor (dynamically delivers competing advertisements)
    21 IGetNet (hijacks MSN/Netscape search queries)
    20 lop
    20 RapidBlaster
    19 Comload
    19 OnlineDialer
    17 FavoriteMan
    15 webHancer
    14 CnsMin
    13 BargainBuddy
    13 Transponder
    12 CommonName
    11 FreeScratchAndWin
    11 TopText
    10 SaveNow
    10 UCmore
    10 Xupiter
    9 WurldMedia
    9 DialerOffline
    8 DownloadReceiver
    8 Onflow
    7 SubSearch
    6 TinyBar
    6 InetSpeak
    6 StarDialer
    5 StripPlayer
    5 Gator
    3 BrowserToolbar
    2 DailyWinner
    2 AdultLinks
    2 ezCyberSearch
    2 NetPal
    2 SideStep
    2 Srng
    1 AccessPlugin
    1 Aornum
    1 BrowserAid
    1 DialerActiveX
    1 eXactSearch
    1 FlashTrack
    1 IEPlugin
    1 InternetWasher
    1 MasterDialer
    1 NewtonKnows
    1 NowBox
    1 SearchAndBrowse
    1 SearchExplorer
    1 XDialer

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> 786 BHO instances reported (most surfers, if they had parasites, had more than one)
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    It looks like it's not that the majority of the people had parasites...it's that people who did have them had multiple infections, that makes the figure (786) so high.

    And even though these:

    47 MoneyTree (porn site dialler)
    43 IEAccess (porn site dialler)

    certainly look like they'd qualify as parasites, that's not a type of thing that would affect affiliates, I wouldn't think!

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    I don't do a whole lot of surfing around the web and stay away from things like webrings and all links pages unless it is a trusted website. Still every time I run Ad-Aware and the others my system has new infections. Thank god the Ad-nausium BIOS spammer crapolla hasn't hit my system but I have clients who got infected with this mysterious disease.

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    From what I can gather, BDE is istalled by Kazaa. This suggests that 8% of MSIE/Win users have installed Kazaa on their machines.

    What other stuff gets installed by Kazaa that doesn't show up via this BHO scanner, but affect affiliate commissions?

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    qyestion: "What other stuff gets installed by Kazaa that doesn't show up via this BHO scanner, but affect affiliate commissions?"

    Kazzaa and other P2P networks lend their backdoor install script for hidden installs of BIOS Adwarez programs for a fee and split on commissions. All NT -Win2000 and XP windows systems are vulnerable to this undetectable hidden install. This adwarz scheme popsup Ads on a CPC -CPM -CPA basis overwriting or setting the affiliate cookie right from the endusers harddrive. Those writing Spamm programs now have migrated to selling BIOUS adwarez to suck off commissions from the sleeping networks.

    Charlie ...

    If they won't adopt and feed a bird ..flip them one! BBQ some Gator and remember to flush WhenU..

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> What other stuff gets installed by Kazaa that doesn't show up via this BHO scanner, but affect affiliate commissions?
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    They have their own version of TopMoxie.

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    I'm doing my part ... I just bought another 300K popunders for www.parasiteware.com from a BDE advertising CO !!!!

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    Ha ha ha Haiko!

    Too funny!

    &gt;They have their own version of TopMoxie.

    Ah. So we're looking at a potential loss of 8% of our revenue from the networks allowing TopMoxie to hijack our traffic?

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