[thelist] Monitoring software check

Danny Goodman dannyg at dannyg.com
Wed May 9 11:28:14 CDT 2007

> Hi all, Is it possible for someone to have installed a network
> monoityoring service without notification on my machine?  I have a very
> strong feeling my machine is being monitored without my knowledge.

"Monitoring" covers a lot of ground. These days, clicking on a link in what
may seem like an innocuous email message (unsolicited and usually, but not
necessarily, "from" an unknown source) can lead you to a web page that
silently installs a Trojan loader. Enough zero-day exploits exist in the
wild that are not trapped by antivirus software to get past even the most
patched machine (Windows primarily). Here's a blog entry about a February
2007 incident:


Messaging is the primary vector for Bad Guys to gain control of PCs--if not
in the message itself (attachment), then in a web page at the other end of a
clickable link.


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