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" There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

~ Edith Wharton
US novelist (1862 - 1937)

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About Us

A Brief History of

We are an independent Software Review site based in the city of Auckland, New Zealand.

Jonathan Read, CISSP, was the original creator and trojan researcher for This website initially started under the name "Secured" and when it began in 1997 it had information on only 12 trojans.

It was never really intended to get a lot bigger but new trojans kept appearing so the site just sort of grew.

That was over a decade ago now.

Jonathan went on to create the TDAT trojan database for Virus MD LLC and has often been consulted by media, government agencies and private investigation companies in regard to his trojan knowledge. He comments:

Over the years I have had emails from all sorts of people about my site including the American government, administrators of large ISP's and from hundreds of people just saying thank you for making such a site available to everyone.

In 2008 Jonathan relinquished ownership of to allow him to concentrate on his other internet business interests while he remains in a support role as an expert advisor. The most noticeable changes as a result of the new site administration has been the updating of the look and navigation of the site and making current some of the information (that requires frequent refreshing to keep up with developments in the ever changing world of internet malware.)

What we don't want to change is the motto that the site has always operated with–THE HELPFUL SECURITY SITE. Our goal is to continue to make the information at a comprehensive resource of defense and removal advice for computer trojans, adware, spyware, worms and viruses. In particular we want to be helpful and relevant to non technical computer users ( because the geeks usually know how to fix their own problems ! )

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Screenshot of site from 2004-2008

How can We Help ?

Were you able to find the information that you needed on this site ? Are the Navigation Tabs appropriately named ? If you have any comments on how we could add to or improve this site in any way we would be interested to hear your from you. We may or may not be able to implement the ideas that we receive but we will always seriously consider any suggestions we receive.

If you produce an Internet security product that you would like considered for review drop us an email and we will contact you. ( Of course at all times we maintain the right to accept or decline to review any product without any given reason. )     CONTACT US >>

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