Webroot Threat Team Member - Adam McNeil

Adam McNeil

Role: Threat Team Member
Threat Blog Posts: 2

I am a self-taught malware forensics investigator with nearly a decade of first-hand malware related experience.  I have a primary focus and a keen interest in Commercial System Monitor applications – also known as keyloggers – and have spent many years researching their practices, deployment methodology and search optimization tactics. When I’m not researching the latest malware samples or experimenting with supposed FUD keylogger applications, I tend to spend my time experimenting with other scientific and/or technological applications.



Posts by Adam McNeil:

All About Windows Tech Support Scams

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*Editors Notes:  The purpose of this research was to see exactly how this scam is carried out, and the extent to which it is done.  DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. We used a clean machine, off network, to monitor the activity of the scammer. Have you ever received a phone call from a tech support person claiming to be from Microsoft, and that your Windows based machine has been found to have a virus on it?  These cold calls typically come from loud call centers, and are targeting the uninformed and naïve in hopes of gaining access to their […]

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Potentially Unwanted Applications and You

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By Adam McNeil PUA’s (Potentially Unwanted Applications) are often nuisance applications which serve little purpose other than using your computer as a gateway for online advertisements or as a catalyst to deliver annoying applications that may pester you to the point where you want to throw your computer out a window.  Anti-Malware companies usually have pretty weak detection of these types of programs and have generally failed to protect their customers’ computers from this sort of bloatware.  As a result, countless users have to suffer through agonizing pains of pop-up windows, webpage redirects, search redirects, and sometimes even bluescreens just […]

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