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Thread: Microsoft AntiSpyware vs Messenger Plus!

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    [news=http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/3749/msmessenger2ro.gif]Several days ago MSN Messenger fan site Mess.be reported that the latest definitions for Microsoft AntiSpyware detects the actual Messenger Plus exe as Spyware.

    Messenger Plus! bundles adware (C2 Lop) which is optional during the install stage. This recent change means users are advised of a threat coming from "msgplus.exe" even though this exe contains no spyware or adware. If you remove the "threat" using Microsoft AntiSpyware this fails to remove the C2 Lop adware and removes the Messenger Plus! un-installer. In simple terms this means if you have the spyware installed, Antispyware doesn't remove it but removes the un-installer of Messenger Plus so you can't remove it afterwards!

    I have personally alerted Microsoft to this problem and their response has been disappointing. "The tactics used by spyware/adware vendors continuously evolve and present major challenges. We are looking into the issue that you raised about the removal of C2 LOP when a user chooses to remove Messenger Plus, and want to ensure our removal is complete as possible....We encourage software bundlers not to include spyware/adware in the first place to avoid the problems that arise once spyware has gotten on a user's machine."

    Patchou, the author of Messenger Plus! has had a hard time getting a response out of the software giant too. We sat down with him last night and asked him a couple of questions regarding his feelings on the recent change.....

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    Source: Neowin.net
    Screenshot: http://www.neowin.net/staff/creamhackered/messengerplus.JPG[/news]
    Last edited by tesco; 08-18-2005 at 05:02 AM.

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    peat moss's Avatar Software Farmer BT Rep: +15BT Rep +15BT Rep +15
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    I always thought that Patchou gave you an option to not install his "helper" program ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peat moss
    I always thought that Patchou gave you an option to not install his "helper" program ?
    They do, which is why microsoft is out of line all of a sudden branding it as spyware.
    Plus the fact that, if u accidently installed the spyware with msg plus you could just uninstall msg plus and reinstall without the spyware and it would be fine, but microsoft removed msg plus's installer (but NOT the spyware ) meaning there's no way for you to easily remove the spyware.

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    Well the guy made a good program and wants a couple of bucks out of his efforts to keep upgrading it , whats wrong with that ? Typical Microsoft B.S.

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