About TeMerc Internet
Welcome to my new
site, TeMerc Internet Countermeasures. If your one of the
TeMerc Internet Security
Site members, be advised I will no longer post any
updates or news information on that site, as of Feb. 18, 2005.
This site will be where everything is now posted. I now have a
forum set up with many different categories for you to post
requests for help with tech, software, hardware, and of course
help with adware\spyware\malware. All the content from the MSN
site has been transferred here, but its in a much more organized
state. I think you will find it much easier to navigate.
The focus of this new site and forums is still, and always will
be to provide user who are new to security a place to come and
get straight forward, plainly explained information regarding
Internet security. It is aimed towards the home user with 1 or 2
other machines on a small network.
My aim is to provide you with enough information and knowledge
of security to prevent you from getting infected with any of the
many adware\spyware and the more malicious malwares currently
being purveyed on the Net.
adware\spyware and malware?
In short, adware
can be as innocent as a small icon on a webpage, or it can be
the more annoying popup, or pop under. Some are flash animated,
using up your bandwidth, and slowing the DL of the page\site.
And no matter how new you are to the Internet or security, we
all know what they are. And I am sure, everyone has found or
bought something they just knew they couldn't live without, from
one of these popup ads right?
Spyware is adware with a twist. Usually it will install without
you ever knowing it. It could be as innocent as a date miner, or
as invasive as a bit of software that actually tracks the sites
you go to and visit, and report back to a main server. The
generally submitted reasoning for this 'profiling analysis' is
to provide you, the user, with even more ads then the regular
popups, but targeted towards the types of sites you visit, sort
of like a 'concierge' of sorts. Uh-huh. If your buying that, I
have some really nice ocean view property here in Arizona I want
you to buy.
Now we move onto malware, a fairly new form of annoyance. This
is adware\spyware combined to usually make your surfing a
general nightmare. Browser hijacking, search page hijacks, all
sorts of amazingly annoying things, all with the convoluted
idea, that you want to be re-directed to all types of porn
sites, drug sale sites and goodness knows what else. Not to
mention all the extra bits of software that gets added to your
machine, dragging down its performance and overall usability.
Talk about misguided intentions. Actually, no, they are not
misguided, because the only thing they care about, is getting
you re-directed to one of their affiliate sites, and collecting
the .023 they get for doing that. That's right, for each and
every time you or someone else gets re-directed, some little
worm of a company, gets paid. And here you thought they did this
just for fun.
You Still Need Security Apps
OK, just because
you have a new pc, doesn't mean you don't have to worry about
security. Heck, some manufacturers add their own form of what
can be considered ad/spyware. HP and Compaq are the ones I see
most mentioned in the security forums. Sometimes its just an
innocent BHO. Innocent to them maybe, but we don't need any
help, thank you very much.
Some other apps include 'updaters'. These can be used to simply
get updates for a particular app. Or, it can also gather surfing
habits, bits of info about you (those would be malware), and
send them back to servers. All to, in many cases, 'enhance the
habits of the end user'. Yeah, right!! More like, all to enhance
our bottom line, by collecting money from these people for
directing you towards a site that they want to get more hits on.
And also to feed the ad companies. They all do it to some
And, while I'm mentioning new pc's, you would think your brand
spanking new unit would be all up to date, with critical patches
and every do dad to go out and about into the WWW, right?
The first site you need to hit, is Windows Update. Check for all
critical updates, along with any others that you may find
useful. Not all apply to every machine. Of course, right after
that, you come to my page here, and tighten things up, with
proper security apps, and safe guards.
So, Dorothy, you see, there really is a good reason to be
concerned. OZ is never what it seems to be, and clicking your
heels, isn't always the way to get back home.
I will also
provide breaking news items, and news related to the
security\privacy sector of the Internet. You can also get MS
updates and info on newly found MS\IE exploits, along with a
select group of anti-spyware applications. All of which I
strongly suggest you install.
Not to mention, also keep you abreast of the latest bits of
nasty adware\spyware and malwares currently making their way
thru the security forums I frequent.