What's the difference between antispyware and antimalware?

It was recently that I installed an antispyware program (ad-aware) and it found spywares. Does BOclean only detects and blocks trojans? :THNK

CBO detects more than just trojans.
You will find a brief overview of what it covers here:
BOClean Information

Internet trojan horse programs, spyware, keyloggers, rootkits, pseudorootkits, hijackers, adware, annoyware, email relays, spam proxies, spam relays, scam downloads and email/spam robots..
And a more complete list here: [url=http://www.comodo.com/boclean/trolist.html]Current Covered Malware[/url]

hi, i don’t know is there any difference between Boclean and antispyware.i’ve post a similar question about it (but in a wrong place,i post it in CAV section (:TNG))
but if you check the topics in section “Which Product do you want Comodo to develop next?” you’ll see, everybody wish comodo would make an antispyware.

so maybe Boclean isn’t similar with antispyware

That is not correct.

Greetings! One of these days, when things aren’t so insane, I’ll go into the long, torturesome history of “anti-whatever” … but I can at least offer a synopsis. :slight_smile:

Once upon a time, Anti-virus was king. You scanned your files, maybe it found something and cleaned it up. Then came things like “Master’s Paradise” and “Back Orifice.” Anti-virus companies declared, “this isn’t a virus, we’re not going to do anything about it.” And so BOClean, “The Cleaner” and TDS came to be. These were the original “anti-trojan” programs which dealt with “unwanted gifts.” Eventually, the AV’s were shamed into handling a couple of these. Over time, trojan authors decided that they could get PAID by taking their code and hijacking browsers. And along came “Ad-Aware” and similar and they were FREE.

As a result, those of us who handled TRUE nasties took the attitude of "as long as SOMEBODY’s taking care of that stuff, then we don’t have to waste space on them, although we ALL handled the more egregious ones. “Tracking cookies” and simple hijackers that weren’t SPIES were left to the newcomers … in a sense, we did what the AV’s did upon the advent of trojans, “NOT our problem.” Eventually though, as the problem became more frequent, ALL of the “anti-trojans” did “spyware, adware, whatever” just because it was an “unwanted gift” as the “scumware” as we called it decided to become just LIKE trojans and try to hide … and SPY.

And still … the AV’s … “potentially unwanted software?” “Adware?” Over the years as their commercial interests appealed, they created all sorts of new terms in order to sell an ADDITIONAL piece to what they were peddling. So “cookie removers” became “anti-spyware” and “anti-this and anti-that” … NONSENSE! So today, the “hot term” is … heh … “anti-malware” because well … bad things is bad things.

COMODO bought BOClean because we’ve ALWAYS covered it all … and perhaps tomorrow, some marketing moron will come up with “anti-badware” … uh yeah, do that too. Heh.

Ummm … no? They fold up into trucks, but they’re really robots … and a qwappy movie. :slight_smile:

We just call them all ‘NASTIES’ on another forum. :frowning:

But thanks for the explanation. :slight_smile:


Heh. That’s what WE used to call 'em too … only put PSC out of business because weren’t “anti-spyware” like those cookie-finders. “Anti-trojan” was SO passe … never really cared for the term “antimalware” either … but hey … it’s all about marketing. SKILL is meaningless. :frowning:

Agree Kevin, ‘anti-nasties’ doesn’t seem to have much of a ring about it. :wink:

Virus, Trojan, Spyware, all instil a sense of panic into users, who rush out to buy protection from them.

“qwappy” movie? you must be thinking of gobots :smiley: