AOL?? Pulled From Several Sources (Note Kaspersky Refs)...
From Virus Bulletin News 2006
Recently released Active Virus Shield, the Kaspersky-based anti-virus product from web giant AOL, is coming under criticism, with allegations ranging from harboring adware to actually being spyware.
According to a report from PC World, small print in the EULA attached to the product allows AOL to harvest data from users' machines, bars users from installing ad-blocking software, and reserves the right to send out spam to email addresses required by the sign-up process. The privileges demanded by the EULA would, if put to use, earn the product the label spyware, according to the StopBadware Coalition. AOL has announced that it will be revising the EULA, which has been removed from the download site (here).
An optional toolbar included with the package has also been revealed to derive from software labeled as adware by Kaspersky's own products, and is alleged to have security vulnerabilities.
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Recent (April 2007?) News Report:
A number of users are reporting that the >>>> new Kaspersky AV component <<< in the latest ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7 is BROKEN, and broken in such a way as to leave your system unprotected while appearing to be fully functional.
The problem manifests itself after a successful installation with the AV engine corrupting during a system signature update. Once corrupted it simply fails to offer ANY protection at all, although the USER will be none the wiser of this unless they happen to put their protection to the test.
Something as simple as running an EICAR file past the scanner will do the trick.
You can obtain/download & save a free copy of the EICAR Test Virus
(perfectly safe: Looks exactly like a virus to AV scans BUT CONTAINS NO PAYLOAD..ALL working AV should find it during scan) from the following link: http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm#dl
Just leave it in your MY Docs or wherever for scan to find each time run.
No wonder AOL will never get near my machine!
Try an ONLINE Scan for Viruses/Spyware etc:
May not cure but can't hurt! Good Luck!
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