CometCursor : Java Glossary
A thankfully defunct virus that changes your cursor to various icons including Nelson
Mandela’s head or an angel. The program can somehow install itself without your
permission when you visit certain websites. I suspect it uses a security hole in
Internet Explorer. I’m not bitching about the comet cursor plug-in
being installed without permission or with a single surreptitious click, I’m
furious that the cometcursor application was installed without my
permission. It starts itself outside the browser and starts itself
afresh at every boot. The only thing that makes CometCursor any different from an
ordinary virus is that its authors brazenly advertise their website. Not all viruses
format your hard disk. You can block it in Internet Explorer by setting security
setting to normal, rather than the low default, which leaves you vulnerable to
ActiveX attacks like this.
PCWorld rated CometCursor the 16th worst technical product of all time.