Restricted Sites Utilities Softwares Fraud,Potentially Damaging Windows Registry

About Software Utilities Adding Restricted Sites lists to the Registry

THIS IS ABOUT USING RESTRICTED SITES UTILTITIES FOR “BROWSER IMMUNIZATION” OR “BLOCKS POTENTIALLY UNWANTED SPYWARE AND OTHER UNWANTED SOFTWARES” etc.

THIS EXPLAINS WHY THEY ARE A SCAM AND DAMAGING TO COMPUTERS AS WILL EVENTUALLY DESTROY THE COMPUTER SYSTEM RENDERING IT INOPERABLE

ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT THIS BROWSER SOFTWARE SETTING ENTERS A REGISTRY KEY FOR EVERY WEBPAGE OR SITE BLOCKED AND HAS BEEN CIRCUMVENTED BY MALWARE – WE WILL START HERE WITH THE FACTS THAT CONTINUAL ENTRIES INTO THE WINDOWS REGISTRY WILL DESTROY THE SYSTEM MAKING IT INOPERATIVE…..

YOU MOST LIKELY THINK THEY ARE SOME MAGIC WAND OF PROTECTION — HERE IS ALL THEY DO AS “IMMUNIZATION” OR “PROTECTION” FOR DONATION MONEY…….
How to use security zones in Internet Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/174360
Restricted Sites Zone
“This zone contains Web sites that you do not trust. When you add a Web site to the Restricted Sites zone, you believe that files that you download or run from the Web site may damage your computer or your data. By default, there are no Web sites that are assigned to the Restricted Sites zone, and the security level is set to High.”
Generally the registry value added is “4” from 0-4 SEE:   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\LockDown_zones\4
SO THAT ONE KEY WILL BE ENTERED BY THEM FOR EACH BAD SITE THEY ADD TO UPDATE DEFINTIONS…..EXAMPLE:

EACH SITE ADDRESS MUST BE ENTERED HERE AS A “RETRICTED SITE” …..
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet
Settings\ZoneMap\Domains

EXAMPLE…. We are placing “adult.com” in Restricted Sites to show the key made immediately and written into the Windows Registry (adult.com as example here to block underage users on same PC – not saying it is a bad site at all)
HERE IS THE KEY IMMEDIATELY WRITTEN INTO THE REGISTRY TO BLOCK BROWSER ….
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\adult.com

What Professionals and Experts say…..

You will see below a Professional explanation and why registry cleaners are used to prevent damage to Windows and/or softwares. Whereby certain utilities may add lists of sites and domains – this can be an exact example of “incremental entries” by softwares, or manually, into the Registry constantly per “definitions” Updates (lists of ‘bad’ domains added)….

Product Incrementation of Windows Registry –
Windows Registry Size Limits
http://www.liutilities.com/products/registrybooster/faq/registrycleaner/

“Fragmentation is a serious problem and occurs when application processes modify the registry continually and incrementally .
Eventually registry file sizes may exceed the Registry Size Limits imposed by Windows. This causes subsequent modifications to the registry to fail. Most registry repair software allow you to defrag your registry ensuring that such issues do not occur. This is true prevention.”

…..the constant inordinate or unusual ‘incrementation’ of constantly adding Restricted Sites and domain entries in great mass volume offers no real protection – as malware circumvents the Restricted Sites feature of any browser anyway – and as explained will lead to failure of software running processes and application design as well as the Windows Operating System.

The Windows Registry has an imposed size limit. When this is approached and to succession – Windows will fail to operate as well as other software that relies on normal incremental changes such as definition updates to antivirus and critical Windows Updates as prime example.

What is bottom line is, actually Windows can cease to function at some point of additions to the Windows Registry just like regular hard drive memory runs out at some point of continual downloads of files, media, etc.

SEE: Microsoft – Windows Registry Size Limits Imposed
Below are the Experts and creators of Windows facts….

Windows Registry Size Limits Imposed / Microsoft…
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/01/12/XPKernel/
There is a limit on the size of the System hive (the file that stores the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System key and its descendants) of 200MB, because of restrictions placed on the operating system boot loader by the environment in which it runs (the boot loader reads the System hive into memory very early in the boot process), but the limit for the System hive was just 12MB in previous versions of Windows…..

MORE:
Registry Size Limit functionality has been removed from Windows Server 2003 and from Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292726
Windows Registry Size Limits
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms724872.aspx
Registry Size Limit
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/r

Don’t listen to hackers – and this is extremely crucial with all systems released before Windows XP. The XP size limit was increased but has an imposed Size Limit by Microsoft. Some say “don’t worry about it”… and those are just the persons you remember when your computer fails. Too late then.

Hackers may tell you to set up “registry folders” for Windows 98 and 95 to place these downloads (lists) in that would save or add registry room which would be preposterous. Hackers will tell you if and when you run out of room in XP you can “increase the paged pool size – no problem”. Neither of these work or are true – and are bad hacks and they may be intentionally attempting these malicious pranks at your expense to destroy peoples machines like the “kiddie script” malware writers for “bragging rights” achieved. DUMP IT !

Did you know that antispyware programs like Webroot Spysweeper and Trend Micro Antispyware and the free Microsoft Windows Defender have real time active shields that block all “drive by” threat installations at all sites – not just “the bad ones – Restricted Sites” ?

This is what those that run donate forums and repair shops do not tell you so that they continually derive profit at the expense of the unknowing consumer. It is very simple – for 30 dollars a year you are good to go. End of story. Do it and dump it now before you injure your machine.

THE FRAUD OF THESE UTILTITIES

FACT – WELL OVER 25 BILLION WEBPAGES ……
World Wide Web
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web
Statistics
A more recent study, which used Web searches in 75 different languages to sample the Web, determined that there were over 11.5 billion Web pages in the publicly indexable Web as of the end of January 2005. As of March 2009, the indexable web contains at least 25.21 billion pages.

These products claim to….
“secures browser against dangerous sites and their unwanted malware” and explain their features as “preventing installation of spyware and other unwanted software, exploitation of security vulnerabilites, …”
IS THE FANCY DECEPTIVE WAY OF SAYING……
The product enters the entire list to date they have compiled as bad content websites and/or webpage addresses into Restricted Sites CREATING AN INDIVIDUAL REGISTRY KEY FOR EACH “DEFINTION” UPDATE FOR EACH WEBPAGE OR WEBSITE DOMAIN – one Windows Regsitry Key for each “automatic update” — and CONTINUALLY as new ones emerge, which is the activity of professional industry antivirus and antispyware companies attend continually to block threats from ALL.

NOW a collection of webpages makes up the website. Each website is a domain such as microsoft.com and is called the microsoft.com domain. If we use a simple number like most of the sites will use 10 webpages and divide that into the 25 Billion number of webpages plus – we can chop it down to 2.5 Billion Websites as very general. If we take just one percent of those as malicious content bad websites THEN these utiltiies claiming protection must have in the neighborhood of 25 Million bad domains out here as defintions in your computer or it is fraud and we just read this is physically impossible because of registry size.

CONCLUSION AS FAKE PRODUCT …… REMEMBER THEY SAY THEY “WILL PROTECT” AS ADVERTISING FOR DONATIONS….

So the defintions needed to support their claims of protection then has to be in the same ballpark as the 25 million bad websites added as Restricted Sites by their utilities. Now remember we just read at Microsoft that the Windows Registry has a 200M (million bits) size restriction. Now they are talking they are going to insert 25 million multi letter name domain words in the least, as new registry keys to fulfill their advertising and donation requests when in reality it may be in the hundreds if that.

So it is a compound or double deception. Number one, they have not possibly attained their advertised protection as they would have to have a minimum of at least in the tens of millions of known bad sites in their “Updates”, which are not updates at all but simply a new list of additional bad sites added to Restricted Sites.

And two, if they did as advertisied – simply the computer would cease to function from ‘incremental damage to the registry” – exceeding the “Registry Size Limit”.

FURTHERMORE…. If you don’t believe this – play this mediacast showing that the Restricted Sites does not even work ! …. (Webmaster of http://pdamobilecafe.net/ )
“Reticted Sites Circumvented – Does Not Block Successfully”
http://pdamobilecafe.net/2010/04/27/reticted-sites-circumvented–does-not-block-successfully.aspx

POINT OF THIS EXERCISE – ? …..
WE DO NOT PROMOTE FEEL GOOD IN-SECURITY AND KNOW HOW DUMB YOU MAY FEEL RIGHT NOW AS WE DID WHEN WE WERE NEWBIES AND WENT TO THE SAME PLACES AND DOWNLOADED THE SAME FREE STUFF YOU ARE DOING. THE POINT OF THIS EXERCISE IS TO WAKE UP TO REALITY AND GET HIGH QUALITY PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS THAT ACTUALLY PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER AND LIFE (ID THEFTS) A.S.A.P. ! ! !

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About Software Utilities Adding Restricted Sites lists to the Registry

THIS IS ABOUT USING RESTRICTED SITES UTILTITIES FOR “BROWSER IMMUNIZATION” OR “BLOCKS POTENTIALLY UNWANTED SPYWARE AND OTHER UNWANTED SOFTWARES” etc.

THIS EXPLAINS WHY THEY ARE A SCAM AND DAMAGING TO COMPUTERS AS WILL EVENTUALLY DESTROY THE COMPUTER SYSTEM RENDERING IT INOPERABLE

ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT THIS BROWSER SOFTWARE SETTING ENTERS A REGISTRY KEY FOR EVERY WEBPAGE OR SITE BLOCKED AND HAS BEEN CIRCUMVENTED BY MALWARE – WE WILL START HERE WITH THE FACTS THAT CONTINUAL ENTRIES INTO THE WINDOWS REGISTRY WILL DESTROY THE SYSTEM MAKING IT INOPERATIVE…..

YOU MOST LIKELY THINK THEY ARE SOME MAGIC WAND OF PROTECTION — HERE IS ALL THEY DO AS “IMMUNIZATION” OR “PROTECTION” FOR DONATION MONEY…….
How to use security zones in Internet Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/174360
Restricted Sites Zone
“This zone contains Web sites that you do not trust. When you add a Web site to the Restricted Sites zone, you believe that files that you download or run from the Web site may damage your computer or your data. By default, there are no Web sites that are assigned to the Restricted Sites zone, and the security level is set to High.”
Generally the registry value added is “4” from 0-4 SEE:   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\LockDown_zones\4
SO THAT ONE KEY WILL BE ENTERED BY THEM FOR EACH BAD SITE THEY ADD TO UPDATE DEFINTIONS…..EXAMPLE:

EACH SITE ADDRESS MUST BE ENTERED HERE AS A “RETRICTED SITE” …..
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet
Settings\ZoneMap\Domains

EXAMPLE…. We are placing “adult.com” in Restricted Sites to show the key made immediately and written into the Windows Registry (adult.com as example here to block underage users on same PC – not saying it is a bad site at all)
HERE IS THE KEY IMMEDIATELY WRITTEN INTO THE REGISTRY TO BLOCK BROWSER ….
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\adult.com

What Professionals and Experts say…..

You will see below a Professional explanation and why registry cleaners are used to prevent damage to Windows and/or softwares. Whereby certain utilities may add lists of sites and domains – this can be an exact example of “incremental entries” by softwares, or manually, into the Registry constantly per “definitions” Updates (lists of ‘bad’ domains added)….

Product Incrementation of Windows Registry –
Windows Registry Size Limits
http://www.liutilities.com/products/registrybooster/faq/registrycleaner/

“Fragmentation is a serious problem and occurs when application processes modify the registry continually and incrementally .
Eventually registry file sizes may exceed the Registry Size Limits imposed by Windows. This causes subsequent modifications to the registry to fail. Most registry repair software allow you to defrag your registry ensuring that such issues do not occur. This is true prevention.”

…..the constant inordinate or unusual ‘incrementation’ of constantly adding Restricted Sites and domain entries in great mass volume offers no real protection – as malware circumvents the Restricted Sites feature of any browser anyway – and as explained will lead to failure of software running processes and application design as well as the Windows Operating System.

The Windows Registry has an imposed size limit. When this is approached and to succession – Windows will fail to operate as well as other software that relies on normal incremental changes such as definition updates to antivirus and critical Windows Updates as prime example.

What is bottom line is, actually Windows can cease to function at some point of additions to the Windows Registry just like regular hard drive memory runs out at some point of continual downloads of files, media, etc.

SEE: Microsoft – Windows Registry Size Limits Imposed
Below are the Experts and creators of Windows facts….

Windows Registry Size Limits Imposed / Microsoft…
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/01/12/XPKernel/
There is a limit on the size of the System hive (the file that stores the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System key and its descendants) of 200MB, because of restrictions placed on the operating system boot loader by the environment in which it runs (the boot loader reads the System hive into memory very early in the boot process), but the limit for the System hive was just 12MB in previous versions of Windows…..

MORE:
Registry Size Limit functionality has been removed from Windows Server 2003 and from Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292726
Windows Registry Size Limits
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms724872.aspx
Registry Size Limit
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/r

Don’t listen to hackers – and this is extremely crucial with all systems released before Windows XP. The XP size limit was increased but has an imposed Size Limit by Microsoft. Some say “don’t worry about it”… and those are just the persons you remember when your computer fails. Too late then.

Hackers may tell you to set up “registry folders” for Windows 98 and 95 to place these downloads (lists) in that would save or add registry room which would be preposterous. Hackers will tell you if and when you run out of room in XP you can “increase the paged pool size – no problem”. Neither of these work or are true – and are bad hacks and they may be intentionally attempting these malicious pranks at your expense to destroy peoples machines like the “kiddie script” malware writers for “bragging rights” achieved. DUMP IT !

Did you know that antispyware programs like Webroot Spysweeper and Trend Micro Antispyware and the free Microsoft Windows Defender have real time active shields that block all “drive by” threat installations at all sites – not just “the bad ones – Restricted Sites” ?

This is what those that run donate forums and repair shops do not tell you so that they continually derive profit at the expense of the unknowing consumer. It is very simple – for 30 dollars a year you are good to go. End of story. Do it and dump it now before you injure your machine.

THE FRAUD OF THESE UTILTITIES

FACT – WELL OVER 25 BILLION WEBPAGES ……
World Wide Web
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web
Statistics
A more recent study, which used Web searches in 75 different languages to sample the Web, determined that there were over 11.5 billion Web pages in the publicly indexable Web as of the end of January 2005. As of March 2009, the indexable web contains at least 25.21 billion pages.

These products claim to….
“secures browser against dangerous sites and their unwanted malware” and explain their features as “preventing installation of spyware and other unwanted software, exploitation of security vulnerabilites, …”
IS THE FANCY DECEPTIVE WAY OF SAYING……
The product enters the entire list to date they have compiled as bad content websites and/or webpage addresses into Restricted Sites CREATING AN INDIVIDUAL REGISTRY KEY FOR EACH “DEFINTION” UPDATE FOR EACH WEBPAGE OR WEBSITE DOMAIN – one Windows Regsitry Key for each “automatic update” — and CONTINUALLY as new ones emerge, which is the activity of professional industry antivirus and antispyware companies attend continually to block threats from ALL.

NOW a collection of webpages makes up the website. Each website is a domain such as microsoft.com and is called the microsoft.com domain. If we use a simple number like most of the sites will use 10 webpages and divide that into the 25 Billion number of webpages plus – we can chop it down to 2.5 Billion Websites as very general. If we take just one percent of those as malicious content bad websites THEN these utiltiies claiming protection must have in the neighborhood of 25 Million bad domains out here as defintions in your computer or it is fraud and we just read this is physically impossible because of registry size.

CONCLUSION AS FAKE PRODUCT …… REMEMBER THEY SAY THEY “WILL PROTECT” AS ADVERTISING FOR DONATIONS….

So the defintions needed to support their claims of protection then has to be in the same ballpark as the 25 million bad websites added as Restricted Sites by their utilities. Now remember we just read at Microsoft that the Windows Registry has a 200M (million bits) size restriction. Now they are talking they are going to insert 25 million multi letter name domain words in the least, as new registry keys to fulfill their advertising and donation requests when in reality it may be in the hundreds if that.

So it is a compound or double deception. Number one, they have not possibly attained their advertised protection as they would have to have a minimum of at least in the tens of millions of known bad sites in their “Updates”, which are not updates at all but simply a new list of additional bad sites added to Restricted Sites.

And two, if they did as advertisied – simply the computer would cease to function from ‘incremental damage to the registry” – exceeding the “Registry Size Limit”.

POINT OF THIS EXERCISE – ? …..
WE DO NOT PROMOTE FEEL GOOD IN-SECURITY AND KNOW HOW DUMB YOU MAY FEEL RIGHT NOW AS WE DID WHEN WE WERE NEWBIES AND WENT TO THE SAME PLACES AND DOWNLOADED THE SAME FREE STUFF YOU ARE DOING. THE POINT OF THIS EXERCISE IS TO WAKE UP TO REALITY AND GET HIGH QUALITY PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS THAT ACTUALLY PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER AND LIFE (ID THEFTS) A.S.A.P. ! ! !

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About Windows Updates and Patching

Here is a great pub from Lavasoft Ad-Aware – one of the pioneers in antispyware software programs…..

Patch Time: Keeping Your System and Programs Up-to-Date

Patch Time: Keeping Your System and Programs Up-to-Date
http://lavasoft.com/company/newsletter/2010/05/article_patch_time.php?x-source=email&x-email=news&x-news=news-2010-may-keeping-secure-online&x-news-2010-may-keeping-secure-online=article-1&tracking=yesmail,
 

Here in Lavasoft News, and in other security new outlets, you’re often reminded of the importance of patching your system. Need more information on exactly what this means, why it’s so important, and how to do it? We’re here to help. Read on to learn more about this important aspect of keeping secure online.

Patching Explained
You know it’s important to keep your security software up-to-date in order to stay protected from the latest threats. But, other programs and software on your computer – not to mention your operating system – also need to be updated regularly in order for you to stay secure.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) provides a helpful analogy to explain what security updates, or patches, are. “Similar to the way fabric patches are used to repair holes in clothing, software patches repair holes in software programs. Patches are updates that fix a particular problem or vulnerability within a program,” US-CERT explains on its Cyber Security Tips page.
 
Why is patching so important?
You need to update your operating system, your security software, and all other programs on your computer on a regular basis. Why? Patching your system and programs is key to keeping malware from infiltrating your computer. Unpatched programs can become an entry point for an attack.
 
One case in point: the proliferation and ongoing threat of a much-publicized piece of malware, known most commonly as Conficker. The Conficker worm, (also referred to as Downup, Downadup and Kido), began dominating the security headlines last March, due in part to Microsoft’s offer of a $250,000 bounty in return for information leading to the arrest of the malware’s perpetrators, as well as because of hype surrounding the predicted April 1, 2009 activation of the massive botnet of infected computers that it produced.
 
But here’s the important part in the updating context: one of the ways Conficker has been known to spread and infect computers is through a known vulnerability in the Windows Server service, the MS08-067 vulnerability. The patch that fixed the MS08-067 vulnerability was published in October 2008 yet Conficker continues to thrive, meaning people are still not in the habit of installing security updates. In fact, according to data released in April 2010 from Qualys, one in 10 Windows computers are still unpatched against the Conficker worm’s exploits; 25 out of every 1,000 systems are estimated to currently be infected by it.1
 
How can you stay up-to-date?
It’s important to keep your operating system and programs up-to-date and install updates as soon as they become available. Below are a few quick tips on how to do just that.
 
Use automated update options, such as turning on Microsoft’s Automatic Update feature. You can also choose to take advantage of mailing list notifications from some vendors that will inform you when an update is ready.
Don’t click ‘remind me later’. For your security’s sake, install security updates as soon as they become available in order to protect your computer.
Get the updates only from the product’s vendor, and through a trusted website. Remember: don’t blindly trust links in e-mail messages. Cyber criminals have been known to push patch-related scams through spam – directing a user to a malicious site or attachment, in an attempt to infect your system with malware.
 
1 http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/feature/FC801057D13A7435CC2576FF0078430A

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