Is Microsoft about to buy a Spyware company

Rumor on the street is that Microsoft is about to buy Claria which was responsible for the spyware filled application Gator. If Microsoft is buying it I hope the purpose is to fire everyone and close the company down dismantle it’s customer tracking infrastructure and shred all data they have. Yeah I know that would be dream come true are probably a million to one.

This would be a very bad move. Imagine the worldwide top seller of software buys a spyware company. Makes me shudder to think about it. [ComputerWorld]

Panda Names Downloader.GK Worst Virus of 2004

Panda Software, a respected vendor of antivirus software applications within the technical community, has named a Trojan, Downloader.GK, as the most malicious virus of 2004. Even though Downloader.GK isn’t technically a virus, an application that independently distributes itself, the program has caused the most damage to users’ computers, according to data collected by Panda Software’s ActiveScan process.

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