And it’s been doing it for years.
McAfee, a, “company which seems to spend as much time coming up with creative data interpretation as it does safeguarding our computers,” suggests 18% of searches on Brad Pitt, “led to malware infested websites,” observed techradar.com in 2008.
The news came in its second annual list of the “riskiest celebrities” on the Net.
Every once in a while I get an email from someone telling me McAfee has defamed p2pnet as a “distributor of downloads some people consider adware, spyware or other potentially unwanted programs”.
That’s total, self-serving McAfee crap. p2pnet never has, and never will, distributed malware, or anything even remotely like it.
In fact, as McAfee itself admits, “In our tests, we found downloads on this site were free of adware, spyware, and other potentially unwanted programs.”
And yet this morning »»»
WARNING – 127.0.0.1 – Submitted on 2009/03/29 at 11:14am
WARNIGN [sic] TO EVERYONE – P2PNET IS A MALWARE SITE
MCAFEE http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/p2pnet.net – When we tested this site we found links to antispyware.com, which we found to be a distributor of downloads some people consider adware, spyware or other potentially unwanted programs.
I deleted this Reader’s Write [http://www.p2pnet.net/story/16394/comment-page-1#comment-970545] which’d appeared under an old story from July 5 last year.
p2pnet as McAfee advertising vehicle
McAfee’s SiteAdvisor has for years been offering Automated Web Safety Testing Results for p2pnet.net.
I’d laugh, but unfortunately, some people who can’t see any further than their noses are sucked in by this arrant McAfee nonsense.
It’s been using p2pnet to promote the McAfee SiteAdvisor ‘service’.
But now it’s also hijacked p2pnet to advertise something it’s calling ‘McAfee SECURE shopping’ which is no more than a tacky come-on for sites peddling “Clothing & Accessories; Collectibles & Art;,Food & Wine; Health & Beauty; Home & Garden,” all of which McAfee assures us have passed “daily tests to help protect against identity theft”.
Anyone who visits any of the advertisers, who’ve paid McAfee good money to be linked indirectly to p2pnet, had better hope it’s more effective than the McAfee SiteAdvisor.
All kinds of perils and dangerous links
Visit the the McAfee SiteAdvisor for p2pnet the first time and you could be forgiven for thinking there really is something terribly wrong.
It’s fearsome with big Red Xs, red lettering in boldface, charts which, unless you look at them closely, seem to suggest all kinds of perils and dangerous links.
And when you scroll further down the page, you can’t miss a bunch of ‘warnings,’ each with a red-for-danger icon, posted by ‘reviewers’ such as this from the first one:
“P2P Sites period are no good that includes this one. Recommendations: DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE OR GO NEAR IT IF ANOTHER SITE USES THIS SITE FOR ANY PURPOSES DON’T USE THAT SITE EITHER!”
There are eight of these, all of them of similarly erudite and clearly written by security experts.
There are, however, 16 positive mentions, only two of which are included in this list of ‘warnings’.
And by way of an update [2:00 pm Pacific, March 29], “Mcafee`s own TOP RANKED site advisor/reviewer ‘dean’ even says siteadvisor is a total waste and gives users a false sense of security that is outright dangerous,” says a Reader’s Write.
It links to the post below which, under Bad shopping experience, states »»»
This is no way that I can, in good conscience, recommend SiteAdvisor. Lately, the proliferation of green ratings for sites that distribute well-documented rogue software or obvious scams leave me no choice. It is downright dangerous to depend on SiteAdvisor’s ratings.
The web site remains useful, so that you can look up what others are saying. But the ratings are, in many cases, bogus. Thus, don’t even bother considering the purchase of SiteAdvisor Plus. It would be a complete waste of money. Even the free version, which I formerly recommended to many friends is not worth the effort. Why install software that is purposefully misleading?
At least if ratings on questionable were in the “unrated” stage, one could reasonably conclude that caution should be exercised. However, SiteAdvisor has gotten into the habit of slapping green ratings on just about any site, willy-nilly, including the following scams:
Be sure to stop by these review pages and tell them what you think of their ratings of sites that promote obvious scams. Also see my previous review.
Meanwhile, the greater majority of the p2pnet ‘reviews,’ both for and against, were posted three years ago. The most recent one (quoted three sentences up) arrived in April last year.
Rogue application AntiSpyware XP
Both McAfee and the comment poster cited earlier name Antispyware.com – a long-time supporter of p2pnet – as a “distributor of downloads some people consider adware, spyware or other potentially unwanted programs,” but, “It is NOT a scam app,” I posted in p2pnet a couple of months back.
There is, though, a rogue application called AntiSpyware XP, or XP AntiSpyware, which, “redirects the user to a fake/scare scan page of the infamous XP AntiSpyware /XP AntiVirus rogue security applications,” I quoted Bharath’s Security Blog” as saying.
“The WinSoftware, Inc aka LocusSoftware Inc aka Innovative Marketing is behind this scam,” its stated unequivocally.
“They are using many sites to redirect the users to their fake/scare scan pages.”
XP AntiSpyware even rips off the genuine AntiSpyware logo.
The AntiSpyware XP people change their active scam site all the time, says Bharath, adding:
“The site XPDownloadings.com works as a repository for the rogue installers while the XP-Antivirus.com site is used for payment processing.
“The scammers also avails a user to sign up for an upgrade to File Shredder 2008 FileShredder2008.com, which is again a crapware they are exploiting Lavasoft`s application name `File Shredder’.”
And there are lots of other references to AntiSpyware XP, or XP AntiSpyware.
So, McAfee, when are you going to:
- Pay me the money you owe me for using p2pnet to promote your ‘product’?
- Make a formal public apology for wrongly listing p2pnet as a dangerous site?
Over to you …
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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McAfee shock-horror Brad Pitt report - September 17, 2008
AntiSpyware vs AntiSpyware XP – January 12, 2009
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