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What's New at PC Pitstop, December 2005
Your Source for Free Online PC Tests & Diagnostics
IN THIS ISSUE
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.
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.
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!
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.
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