Saturday, December 03, 2005

Abort, Retry, Fail

I have to admit the guy has a nerve. He claims to have infected my PC with viruses, and suggested I run a McAfee scan. So here is the scan result: 12 detected files.

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Why am I not worried? Well, for starters, McAfee reports the application DCOMbobulator, along with the Remote Administrator program from Famatech, and the eMusic toolbar. If you read the detailed notes more carefully, they mention that none of these files is a virus, but a potential security risk. Funny they don't detect LimeWire as a security risk. Ed obviously knows better. Here is what he claims:

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I'm not convinced. I tried really hard to find the files shown here, without success. They certainly aren't on my PC. And the claimed "infections" didn't show up, either with my anti-virus program, or with Ed's faithful McAfee. And Rootkit Revealer 1.56 doesn't report anything either.

Ed insists that isn't my PC's IP address, and refers to it by the IP number (also known as Actually, that number is part of a pool of addresses used by my ISP, and gets changed every 24 hours or so. The dynamic address from Isogo keeps track of which number in the pool is for my internet connection.

The screen shot he sent reveals a few unintended things too: Ed claims to use only the very latest free version of LimeWire. Why then does the screen shot display an out of date version of LimeWire PRO? It even warns him that it's out of date, right on the screen! DUH. LimeWire PRO isn't the free version, but the paid version.

Try again Ed. I'm waiting for you to hack my machine. And spoofing my IP address doesn't fool me, even if it fools your clients. I know what the "disconnected" icon means. ;-)


Brett said...

Who does this Ed guy think he is. This is absolutely incredible that he would spread such blatant lies in order to further his own business. I wonder if he is a stockholder of a major music company and trying to get people to stop using p2p software by spreading lies about the software. This story almost makes me as mad as the Sony rootkit fiasco.

Rita Skeeter said...

The sad thing is that this guy can't seem to string a sentence together without making it incomprehensible. And his technical knowledge is a bit shabby too.

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