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    Good start on what many have banned from their Adwords program exclusion list http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...747#post458747 This just for making sure you don't push shoppers on bogus anti-spyware/adware apps doing the nasty on them.

    I'm sure Google listens to complaints about BHO drive-by install perps using Adwords links. Out any of them if you uncover a BHO infestation link, as those who do this usually get all their domains perminently banned from Google.

    Good practices start here... http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html and you can forget those SEO firms (got 3 calls this week) promising or guaranteeing you top placement in the big 4.... Some new & old tips on SEO http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/inte...ng-factors.htm

    Just remember that every major spammer is also up to their eyeballs in Adware/Spyware. GREAT RESOURCE for what whacking you now http://www.webhelper4u.com/index.html

    NETorious spammers like Stanford Wallace never change their strips as cybercriminals. They just re-appear using their same old gang of thieves with some new greed driven recruits. http://www.webhelper4u.com/archivedn...sarchive1.html

    Here's a list of known sites doing drive-by installs or hidden bundling of the CWS (CoolWebSearch) -the transponder gang http://www.webhelper4u.com/CWS/index.html# all AM's should bar any of these wanks from their programs as they're controlled by known cybercriminals.

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    Path to this file: http://webhelper4u.com/CWS2/cwslists/cwsalpha62805.txt

    Edit: All the domains contained in the list Mike posted here can be found at the URL above I've bolded. The information can be found at the URL while keeping the post here managable. ~~~ Kellie
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    I would ask to keep this thread actually helpful, mike's list be removed. Adsense allows 200 urls only, so it is helpful for others to share actual urls being displayed and using adsense, not just every bad url in an unrelated list.

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    Excuse me Chetf but this thread is about URLs doing the nasty on web surfers clicking on Adwords links. I used those URLs to find common IP server ownership uncovering both Adwords TOS abusers and a slew of SERP listings doing drive-by installs of backdoor trojans and BHO executables for Direct-Revenue owned sites. Reported them to Google with sample listings for their complance team demanding they bann them all from Google & Adwords. Carbon copies of the complaint went to Eliot Spitzer, as the 2 multi-domain owners are in NYC, and the FTC.

    We're pissing into the hurricane by thinking we can block the Adwhore SEM auditrons with a 200 exclusion listings....LOL. We couldn't dent the infestation perps with a 100,000 URL limit. The pressure is being place on Google -Overture and others to block complete IP# blocks of servers. The FTC is stepping into the PPCSE and SERP con-games demanding removal of prosecuted/OUTED/Convicted known criminal enities from links bilking the general public.

    You can bet the FTC sent Google removal demands for removing links to "SpyKiller" http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...en&q=SpyKiller while they snoop out who's spreading and profiting from this crapware bogus program.

    http://www.adwarereport.com/ July 06, 2005
    FTC shuts down makers of "SpyKiller"
    The Federal Trade Commission halts the makers of "SpyKiller", a program that has consistently received some of the lowest marks by AdwareReport.

    “Scans” Detected Spyware That Wasn’t There; Spyware Removal Software Claims Were False.

    An operation that used bogus “scans” and illegal spam to market an anti-spyware program that didn’t work as claimed has had its assets frozen and been barred from making deceptive claims by a stipulated preliminary injunction order issued by a U.S. District Court judge at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. The agency alleges that the operation violated federal laws and has asked the court to permanently bar the deceptive marketing and order redress for consumers.

    The FTC alleges that to capitalize on legitimate consumer concerns about spyware and induce consumers to download its anti-spyware product, “SpyKiller,” the operation aggressively and deceptively marketed SpyKiller, using the Web sites of affiliates, banner and pop-up ads, and spam...... " (Named Perps: defendants Trustsoft, Inc. and its Houston, Texas-based principal, Danilo Ladendorf.) http://www.trustsoft.com/

    Which networks and affiliates promote "SpyKiller" and the derivatives from the TrustSoft, Inc group?? Best they seek lawyers or make CYA moves. Have some fun Chetf and join me in outing some perps, rather then just being a whiner.

    Now for some good news.... http://www.antispywarecoalition.org/ takes up where COAST failed when penetrated by the Adwhore group. Now add you observations -OUTINGs and suggestions to a group really fighting Adware.
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    "The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC) is a group dedicated to building a consensus about definitions and best practices in the debate surrounding spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies.

    Composed of anti-spyware software companies, academics, and consumer groups, the ASC seeks to bring together a diverse array of perspective on the problem of controlling spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies."
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    No Mike. We are talking about urls that actually show up on adsense, so that they can be added to the exclusion lists. For proof, I ask you to read the title of this thread.

    "Parasite Links In Adsense - Post URLs here".

    I am not attacking your list, settle down, but it offers no help to the thrust of this thread. You posted 1700 urls.

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    Unfortunately Chetf those domains are or were destination URLs hidden within PPCSE Ads. The folks at CoolWebSearch rotate PPCSE Ads through multiple domains making them a preferred partner with all greed driven PPCSEs.

    CoolWebSearch Websearch
    Type: Browser Changer
    Also Known as: CWS CoolSearcher Cool Web Search BootConf MSInfo SvcHost DNSRelay DataNotary Trojan.Norio Jetseeker winlink XPlugin coolwwwsearch Aze Search Toolbar
    SG Index: 9 [Explain: 9= some really bad crapware]
    Official Description: One of the most infamous highjackers known to date. Comes in a variety of versions, all using different techniques.

    Handle with extreme care!

    CoolWebSearch is a name given to a wide range of different browser hijackers. Though the code is very different between variants, they are all used to redirect users to coolwebsearch.com and other sites affiliated with its operators.
    Comment: Known variants:
    CoolWebSearch/DataNotary: earliest known variant, hijacking to datanotary.com. Drops a CSS stylesheet file in the Windows folder and sets it to be used as the user stylesheet for all web pages viewed in IE. The stylesheet includes embedded JavaScript code which tries to guess when the user is viewing porn sites.

    CoolWebSearch/BootConf: drops a user CSS file in the same way as DataNotary, but pointing at www.coolwebsearch.com. Also hijacks the home page and all search settings to point to coolwebsearch, and hacks the DNS Hosts file to redirect access of MSN address-bar search to coolwebsearch.com. The site names are obfuscated using URL-encoding (%XX) to make them difficult to read. A program bootconf.exe is set up to run on every startup, resetting the hijack. Finally coolwebsearch.com is added to the Trusted Sites list, along with msn.com, whom coolwebsearch are also impersonating.

    CoolWebSearch/MSInfo: another user-CSS-hijacker, this time pointed at true-counter.com, currently redirecting to global-finder.com.

    CoolWebSearch/SvcHost: a Hosts file hijacker, which works in a rather unusual way (probably to avoid being detected by anti-hijacker tools). Its targeted sites (Yahoo Search, MSN Search and all countries’ versions of Google) are set in the Hosts file to point to ‘localhost’ (127.0.0.1). Since the local host (the computer the browser is running on) is most often not running a web server, this results in an error page; it is this error page that is then hijacked to the CWS site slawsearch.com.

    CoolWebSearch/PnP: a search hijacker that hides inside the ‘inf’ folder usually used for storing device driver information. Its hijacker file oemsyspnp.inf is run on each startup, using a slightly different install command each time. This command cycles through install sections 'RunOnce', 'AudioPnP', 'VideoPnp', 'IdePnP' and 'SysPnP', though quite why is unknown as it does the same thing regardless of which section is used, namely hijacking home page and search settings to point at www.adulthyperlinks.com and www.allhyperlinks.com. It also adds activexupdate.com to the IE ‘Safe Sites’ list, for unknown purpose (this is not the same as the Trusted Sites Zone).

    CoolWebSearch/MSSPI: a search results hijacker implemented as a Winsock2 Layered Service Provider (a fairly low-level networking component, which is tricky to remove). Targets Google, Yahoo and Altavista, opening advertising from unipages.cc.

    CoolWebSearch/DNSRelay: an address bar search hijacker implemented as an IE URL Search Hook. As well as search phrases, entering any site name into the address bar without a leading ‘http://’ or ‘www’ will result in a search aimed at activexupdate.com, a CWS site redirecting through yellow2.com to allhyperlinks.com.

    You want the name of the major spreader of evil apps like CWS on the internet? It's spelled AFFILIATE. For every honest one there's 25 dishonest ones with no morals or ethics, willing to pimp their souls for lead or infestation fees.

    Now my point is find the common IP# blocks for the BHO Adwhore infestation operations and get the FTC, Spitzer's and Anti-Spyware lobby to prssure their removal from the SERPs and PPCSE engines. Example of one server getting outed... http://www.webhelper4u.com/CWS/cwsal_atrivo_ips.html
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    Many of those URLs you posted are porn sites and therefore are ineligible to advertise on AdWords anyway.
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    and L$ gave this guy an award?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merchant Consultant Team
    and L$ gave this guy an award?
    Yes they did as the Most Vocal Advocate for the Performance Marketing Industry. The recognition wasn't for me personally ...it was for throwing out solid ideas and challenges that got acted upon... to the betterment of the industry. Some might think those shooting at me for years just ran out of bullets. While waiting for a fresh supply, some realized what I advocated for made sense for consumers -merchants and affiliate networks, so they grudgingly adopted some policy changes. Those changes became milestones, not millstones, for continued moves to bring Law & Order to the Wild Wild West of ecommerce.

    Glad to report Google listened yesterday and as of this morning all the offending links pointing to those drive-by install executables of backdoor trojans and BHO's have been removed from the SERPs and Adwords.
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    Would a mod please remove the noise from this thread? (I'm including this post as well.)

    C'mon guys. No one is going to find this thread useful if they have to wade through off-topic postings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea
    Would a mod please remove the noise from this thread? (I'm including this post as well.)

    C'mon guys. No one is going to find this thread useful if they have to wade through off-topic postings.
    And the point you seek is what Rhea? It's already proven that sticking upto 200 URLs into a Adwords exclusion list is a worthless waste of time. Those parasites your trying to block own -operate or control hundreds of thousands of domains rotating through PPCSEs.

    Smarter folks then me can isolate complete blocks of BHO infestation server hosting sites and get Google to Ban both their PPCSE Ads and their SERP spamming link routines. It's that the desired result of this thread? My site is already a target for the amateur scumbags, but some are learning it's also a honey pot trap, for the really bad guys out there.
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    I didn't want to add to the noise in the other thread, but thank you very much for the list of sites to add to our exclude lists!
    Hi, I'm a signature.

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    LOL... someone pulled my chain for a BHO exclusion URL list for their Adwords campaigns. Never knew that just one BHO group had over 1700 known URLs recommended that Google block. Nice spiff was I uncovered a bunch of naked BHO and Trojan Horse viruses executable links within the Google results. They whacked them all and I'm sure found others.

    Hopefully Google starts barring complete hosting IP# blocks traced to the infestation rings.
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    Nice spiff was I uncovered a bunch of naked BHO and Trojan Horse viruses executable links within the Google results. They whacked them all and I'm sure found others.
    Now THOSE are sites that deserved banning. (Not sarcastic.)

    Don't forget about Yahoo and MSN...Yahoo especially gets lots of traffic too.
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