Sunday, June 13, 2004

The CoolWebSearch Chronicles

A website run by a Dutch student who goes by the name Merijn Bellekom, devoted to everyone's favorite piece of spyware nastiness. He not only keeps a running tally of the numerous variants of this pest, but also provides useful tools that can (in most cases) get rid of CoolWebSearch even when old standbys like Spybot and Ad-Aware are defeated.

One interesting factoid I picked up on the page is that there are CWS variants so tenacious that not even the sorts of specialized tools he provides are able to remove them. This ought to serve as a wakeup call to all those lazy Windows users who never bother to run Windows Update and don't have the good sense to listen when urged to get themselves a real web browser. The smug assumption that third-party tools will always be able to compensate for end-user laziness and stupidity is about to die a long-overdue death.

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