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    I was just browsing the new google index and found something interesting.

    Aparently my site has been directly targeted by some adware. The adware replaces the hosts file and redirects my domain to the localhost (127.0.0.1).

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com....affilred.html

    Does anyone know who is responsible for this particular adware? From the symantec site it looks like NASTY stuff.

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    Well the networks coddle to frisky download operators under the illusion that they will make more money, with reckless disregard for how much it is actually costing them when adblockers target network ads.

    Or maybe I'm wrong about the "reckless disregard". Maybe it's more a case of download operators having 'buddies' or family members on the network's staff, while the network owners are unaware of the life-sucking cancerous tumors.

    The networks are taking a double whack, the sponsor merchants are taking a double whack, and the honest hard-working affiliates left fighting for crumbs that fall through the cracks.

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    chrisk,

    Bad news is it could be one of many. Not just adware though. There's also more than one spyware removal app that will do such. I've seen aff sites show on those block lists because they contain Network links (a privacy risk). There are also 'security' sites which make just host files containing such available for download.

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    Fascinating. I wonder what company dislikes ordinary rule-following web-based affiliate coupon sites; rule-breaking cookie-stuffers; and sites with software downloads (e.g. Ebates). That's a lot of diverse folks to want to be blocking! Whoever this adware company is, it's clear who they regard as enemies, but I wonder who their friends are (if any).

    Incidentally, note that I've received the program at issue via my testing of software installed through security holes. I've primarily just been tracking what programs get installed, and to a lesser extent their most outrageous actions (adding porn icons to desktop, etc.), but not their hidden actions (like changing hosts file). Maybe I should broaden my focus, though.

    Meanwhile, where does Symantec get off in making the preposterous (self-evidently false) claim that "this adware is installed manually"? Have they ever seen anyone install it manually? They could watch my video and see it installed anything but by request!...

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    Well at least we know why Norton et al 'get off' in blocking qksrv and linksynergy links.

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    I wonder what company dislikes ordinary rule-following web-based affiliate coupon sites; rule-breaking cookie-stuffers; and sites with software downloads (e.g. Ebates).
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    I have a question after going to the site in the first post, it says regarding this:

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    Adware.Affilred redirects certain URLs in Internet Explorer to other URLs.

    Does this mean that it only works in Internet Explorer, and will not work in Firefox?
    Would these programs be able to do this same thing, change the hosts file to redirect
    traffic to other urls in Firefox?

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    Wow - I just stumbled on the information about this at: http://sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/p....affilred.html

    I decided to search for Adware.Affilred on the forum, and found this thread. Man, affiliate marketing can be one tough business!

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    You got that right!
    Comments are opinion unless otherwise noted. Remember, pillage first. Then burn. Half of all people in the world have IQs under 100. You best learn to trust ol' SSanf!

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    SSanf, perhaps you should use that merchant in your other post... then you wouldn't have to work :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedelman
    Fascinating. I wonder what company dislikes ordinary rule-following web-based affiliate coupon sites; rule-breaking cookie-stuffers; and sites with software downloads (e.g. Ebates). That's a lot of diverse folks to want to be blocking! Whoever this adware company is, it's clear who they regard as enemies, but I wonder who their friends are (if any).

    Incidentally, note that I've received the program at issue via my testing of software installed through security holes. I've primarily just been tracking what programs get installed, and to a lesser extent their most outrageous actions (adding porn icons to desktop, etc.), but not their hidden actions (like changing hosts file). Maybe I should broaden my focus, though.

    Meanwhile, where does Symantec get off in making the preposterous (self-evidently false) claim that "this adware is installed manually"? Have they ever seen anyone install it manually? They could watch my video and see it installed anything but by request!...
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