Wie in einem etwas veralteten Artikel in ZEIT Online zu lesen ist, startet Microsoft so langsam mit der Bekämpfung von Viren. Häh? Viren? Ich dachte ja immer, dass das selbsternannte Betriebssystem schon selbst ja ein großer Virus sei. Aber wie auch immer, die guten Herren rund um Gates & Co. legen sich mächtig ins Zeug, um mit ihrem Windows Defender sich gegen andere Anti-Viren und Firewall Herstellerfirmen zu etablieren. Schön und gut, es ist ja ein freier Markt – so denkt man ja, auch wenn Microsoft alles in sein System einbaut, damit es eher ein monopolistisch orientierter Markt ist. Warum bietet man eine Anti-Vir Lösung für eine Software überhaupt an? Da hat man doch bestimmt so geantwortet:

Unser System ist zwar Mist, aber dafür haben wir auch eine schöne Sicherheitssoftware gleich mit geliefert, damit ihr den Mist von anderen zur Bekämpfung von noch größerem Mist nicht braucht.

Richtig. Deshalb empfehlen die Hersteller dieser Anti-Viren Software auch gleich, den Apple mal einzusetzen. Der ist ja bekanntlich relativ sicher vor jedweder schadhaften Software bis auf einige Kleinigkeiten, die sich aber bestimmt bändigen lassen. Soll man also lieber Microsoft den ganzen Krieg alleine ausführen lassen? Lieber nicht, denn dann würde die Wirksamkeit der „Bekämpfung“ von schadhaften Programmen oder das Schließen von Sicherheitslücken rapide in den Keller sinken. Es lässt sich also schlussfolgern, dass trotzalledessen der Mac die bessere Alternative zu einem Windows-Rechner ist. Wer darauf nicht verzichten mag, der kann sich ja mit den kombinierten Apple-Intel Systemen auch ein Windows draufspielen. [via Kai per IM]

I have installed the Spam Karma 2.0 plugin instead of Bad Behavior now and am enjoying its amazing customizability. Bad Behavior sadly disallowed too many external webtools and it excluded some readers. This is not acceptable for me… especially since only one manual spammer ended up in my moderation queue in the last 24 hours with Bad Behavior being disabled! :(

Earlier today I’ve had a small telephone chat with Robert and one of our topics was the increasing problem on how to fight off spam at best. With the term spam we’ve tied it down to both Comment-, Pingback- and Trackbackspam. WordPress usually defends itself against this nasty bunch by given the administrators the option to moderate their comments, but once the spam increases, the numbers of to-be-moderated spam can reach a few hundreds and thousands of database entries.

However, people have created some plug-ins to counter these spammers:

  • Spam Karma 2.0
    This plug-in is meant to stop all forms of automated Blog spam effortlessly, while remaining as unobtrusive as possible to regular commenters.
  • Bad Behavior 1.2.2
    Spambots are prevented from accessing your site by analyzing their actual HTTP requests and comparing them to profiles from known spambots including user-agent and referer analyses.

So far I’ve experienced the most positive protection from Bad Behavior, but while working with some website optimization tools yesterday, I noticed they were being blocked off from my site. On top of this, Robert expressed on the phone and in a recent article that other people are often turned down from bad behavior due to natural problems with user-agents or their referers. Instead of pulling hard restrictions on a blog by disallowing any form of communication (comments and trackbacks), I’d prefer to keep the idea of a social network alive. To accomplish this, the elements of interactivity have to remain intact. How else can I ask a question in my blog and get answers and with them some useful solutions?

Now I turned the plug-in off to see how much spam will pass to my moderation queue, and on top of this I will install Spam Karma tomorrow and attempt to compare these plugins. Nevertheless, the never-ending problem with Spammers is simple: They know what your defenses are and they are working to undermine them.

I already planned to upgrade my major joker in the frontline of fighting comment and trackback spam already a few hours ago, but it took some time for me to remember: BadBehavior 1.2.2 has been installed and runs smoothly. In the name of spam-free blogs! ;)

This is truely an amazing SPAM mail, and I’d love to share this one. How stupid are people that they truely believe this email is for real and not fake? I believe there are several thousands of them who click the links in the email… and as if Microsoft themselves gave such instructions! (typos and errors included)

From :
Sent : Thursday, September 8, 2005 7:24 AM
To : ***
Subject : Secure your pc, your website for a better protection!


The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software.including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder.

This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product.


Download The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool by following the link found in this e-mail and you get a free-trial of EXCHANGE SERVER 2003 !!!
Exchange Server, the Microsoft messaging and collaboration server, is software that runs on servers that enables you to send and receive electronic mail and other forms of interactive communication through computer networks. Designed to interoperate with a software client application such as Microsoft Outlook, Exchange Server also interoperates with Outlook Express and other e-mail client applications.

Yeah right, as if one would get such nice freebies from Microsoft! I’d love to receive a free copy, but … haha, this is way too funny! Stupid spammers, stupid exploiters, stupid dialers, stupid… people?