(15 Jun 2000 at 11:43)
|Check out this story on that site: http://grc.com/oo/aureate.htm.
Christ! I consider myself a pretty savvy user, and I had this advert.dll on my system. It's part of, for instance, Go!Zilla. (See list http://www.radiate.com/press/products.html ).
- installs as part of other freeware without telling you - hides in your browser's address space to avoid detection by egress firewalls - specifically avoids removal when user attempts windows add/remove programs - periodically (insecurely) checks with the master server to see if there are "updates", then downloads and runs them
This program is a big security risk (I wouldn't be surprised to see a worm based on it pretty soon). It also is apparently unstable and responsible for a lot of browser crashes. (My netscape got a lot healthier after removing it!)
If you're a windows user, delete /windows/system/advert.dll now! Note that this might break the freeware programs which use it.