[Expat-discuss] Re: Expat.dll red-flagged by Spy Sweeper.
erikh2000 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 28 20:43:34 CEST 2004
If you have software which uses libexpat.dll (Win32), would you consider
sending a complaint e-mail to Webroot, makers of Spy Sweeper software. I
have asked them twice in the last month to update their definitions files
such that libexpat.dll is NOT red-flagged as spyware. This seems to be a
common mistake, and I've already convinced two other companies to fix this
problem by changing their software, but Webroot isn't doing anything at
this point. Below is a copy of the letter I sent to Webroot, if you wish
to use it to write your own complaint. It is important that companies like
webroot take responsibility for the problems they cause to software
developers. E-mail to info at webroot.com and support at webroot.com.
To: support at webroot.com,info at webroot.com
From: "Erik Hermansen" <erikh2000 at yahoo.com>
Subject: False positive on Spy Sweeper/libexpat.dll.
I wrote some software that uses the popular, open source library
Expat. I've released the software to many download sites and now I'm
getting reports from users that libexpat.dll contains adware or
spyware. At first glance, this looks like a mistake in the Spy Sweeper
software. Apparently your software sees this library as an element of
"Apropos", but my software doesn't distribute this piece at all--only
libexpat.dll, which should not contain any objectionable code. This bug
was confirmed today in version 3.0.0 (build 118) using Spyware Definitions 365.
Note also that PestPatrol and Lavasoft's Ad-Aware used to make the same
complaints about libexpat.dll that Spy Sweeper does. When I told them
about this, they changed their product to exclude libexpat warnings. If
their perspective is useful, you may wish to contact Aaron Hulett at
Lavasoft (<mailto:general at lavasoft.de>general at lavasoft.de) or David Stang
at PestPatrol (dstang at pestpatrol.com).
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