The Old New Thing is a blog focused on Win32 UI development and related topics. This article warns about a registry key called AppInit_DLLs which seems to have lost its original purpose and became a vector for malware instead. Some of the comments refer to “Program A” and “Program B”. A is actually Google Desktop, B is WindowBlinds. They both suck but I’d classify the latter as an actual instance of malware; It’s advertised as “safe”, “compatible”, “reliable”(!) and “more secure”(?!) but it’s none of that. Ofcourse, marketing generally works by taking the biggest downside and turning it into a huge selling point. E.g. “comfortable flying” or “eco-friendly car”.
FYI… December 16, 2007