Over a year has passed since the NSIS Media menace. Mostly good things have happened since. I figured this could be a good time to recap and summarize.
- Download.com no longer contains NSIS Media infected downloads. I’ve received no response for my queries, so I assume I had nothing to do with it.
- NSIS Media malware update servers are no longer operational.
- I have received only one e-mail complaining about NSIS Media over the last year, compared to the dozens before I’ve released the remover.
- My remover was downloaded approximately 10,000 times from my website and probably a bit more from other websites as well.
- My lawsuit has failed miserably. I was trying to get back at Opensoft/Openwares and all of their Vanuatu-based friends with the help of the Software Freedom Law Foundation. We tried to track down someone we could sue, but failed. After a few unanswered queries and answers pointing at multiple directions from various related companies, the search was sadly brought to a halt.
- I was contacted by F-Secure for details of NSIS Media. I seem to recall there were more companies that asked for my help, but I can’t find the e-mails proving it.
- Most anti-virus or malware removal applications I’ve tested find only the most common infections of NSIS Media and skip the rarer DLL files.
- Opensoft is still up to no good.
- Openwares is still alive and kicking, spreading malware and using NSIS but no sane user will surf to that website.
- I have received no donations for my research or for creating the remover.
- I still don’t make 1000$ a day
So there you have it — the story of a deceased malware. I’d like to think I took at least a small part of its demise.