Silicon Valley Startup Targets Spammers, Scammers, and Scumware

My spin:I have no idea how to practically get rid of all the spam I get. I’ve tried to block al email that’s not in my address book. However, I still have to check a spam folder to ensure email I do need is not in the spam folder!!!
Just when you thought it was safe to surf the web once again, out comes a new threat to computer users called Scumware. Unfortunately, millions of computer users around the world are unaware that it is on their computer and monitoring every thing they do.
Scumware is software made by publishers that allows them to monitor a users’ browsing activity. Many consumers download it unknowingly onto their computers.
“From tracking the web sites a person visits to even monitoring single keystrokes they make, these programs are an invasion of privacy, and are a leading cause of identity and ad revenue theft,” said John Daniels, CEO of Silicon Valley-based and founder of, a website that allows visitors to find out if Scumware exists on their system.
“Unfortunately, many people don’t read the terms of service agreements for the software they download. It is only when dozens of links appear on the Web pages they visit, or when pop-ads begin to multiply exponentially, causing their computers to run slow and crash, that they realize there may be a problem. Usually, they think it is a virus,” said Mr. Daniels.
What Can Scumware Do to a Computer?
Scumware opens a security hole on infected systems by downloading and activating executable files, and serving hundreds of popup ads. It can use the browser to serve pornographic and/or illegal and immoral websites. It records everything the user does online. It can steal passwords, pin codes, credit card numbers, and anything else typed on the computer whether online or not, including emails, journals or notes, by installing keystroke Spyware programs. It degrades the performance of a computer, and cause crashes due to compatibility issues with legitimate software a user may have installed.
“These programs have been known to change the content of the websites that users visit by adding links that the authors of these websites did not authorize, thus stealing commissions from legitimate advertisers. Not only does this deprive the site owner of advertising revenues and potential sales, it has also been documented that some of these alterations may result in links to adult sites not suitable for young children who may be using a computer with the program installed,” said Daniels.
Even though Scumware programmers keep changing their tactics in an attempt to circumvent detection and deletion, there are several ways to reduce and prevent Scumware from ruining a computer system:
* Be careful what you download
* Visit and test your system for free
* Disable the Active X Control in your browser
* Purchase and install a firewall to prevent malicious code from being
Lauched in January 2004, helps educate computer users about the dangers of Adware, Spyware, and Parasiteware, also known as “Scumware”. The company’s main website,, provides comprehensive information and discussions regarding the programs, links to associated sites, recent media coverage addressing the issue of Scumware and much more. includes a searchable database of links to media stories about Scumware and Spam, a library of statistics, studies, articles and white papers, and links to related resources including software to completely remove all known forms of Scumware.