What’s New at PC Pitstop, December 2005
IN THIS ISSUE
- Rob Cheng’s Take on Sony’s Spyware
- Nearly One-Third of Portables are Wide Screen
- PC Pitstop Detects Sony Spyware
- Sony Rootkit: Number 14 on the Top 25 Spyware
Rob Cheng’s Take on Sony’s Spyware
Rob’s latest article takes a hard look at the ramifications of the music industry using spyware to protect their artist’s content. He then outlines the steps that PC Pitstop and the antispyware industry need to take to stem the tide of unwelcome and invasive software. See our article on Sony’s actions for more information about their recently-discovered rootkit.
Sony and Spyware
The Sony XCP Rootkit
Nearly One-Third of Portables are Wide Screen
Are portable PCs following HDTV into the wide screen format? Our latest research found that wide screens are used on nearly one- third of all portables, but desktops are not following this trend. Portables have led the way in DVD readers and wide screen displays.
Wide Screen Display Trends
PC Pitstop Detects Sony Spyware
Many industry observers, including PC Pitstop, label Sony’s digital rights management (DRM) as spyware, since it has the potential to send information about your music habits to Sony over the Internet. Check your PC for these new threats to your PC at PC Pitstop, using either our quick spyware scan, our deep spyware scan, or our full tests. Why not try them all, they’re free!
Free Spyware Scan
Quick Program Scan
Sony Rootkit: Number 14 on the Top 25 Spyware
Despite Sony making a half-hearted attempt to pull CDs off music retailers shelves before the popular Christmas season, their XCP rootkit made PC Pitstop’s Top 25 spyware list, debuting at number 14. Now that these CDs have been recalled, will XCP keep rising? Watch our Top 25 to find out.
About PC Pitstop
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