It seems my previous thread on the same topic has disappeared mysteriously. Some sort of PHP error apparently (or is it?
). No matter, here it is
A respected US based campaign group has revealed through its investigations that big firms are responsible for fueling the growth of adware and
spyware. The report reveals that the firms' huge advertising budget are finding its way to known adware producers.
Adware 'fuelled by big companies'
Companies who spend cash advertising online play a key part in the spread of unwanted adware onto domestic PCs, a respected campaign group has
Firms with anti-adware policies find it hard to stop cash filtering to adware companies, the US-based Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
In a report, the group named 10 US firms with adverts placed by an online ad company accused of unfair practices. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
In my earlier thread, I mentioned my distaste for adware and spyware. I mentioned how as recently as two days ago one of my computers got infected
with a persistent adware, the type that pops up again after you have removed it. But I just mentioned it to illustrate how insidious adware can be,
not to ask for advice on removing it or to discuss which anti-spyware programs are the best.
While I appreciate the advice, that is not the purpose of this thread. The purpose of this thread is to discuss the implications of this report. Ever
since the first adware was released onto unsuspecting consumers, their numbers have not relented. We are still plagued by adware from time to time.
The more computer-savvy consumers can deflect most of these malwares, but not everyone is that informed.
The worst thing about adware is not that it gets into your machine stealthily. It's not that it collects information about your surfing habbits or
your key-strokes (though that is bad enough). No, the worst is that it can slow your machine's performance considerably. It takes up CPU-cylces and
it eats at your bandwidth. And some of them, like the one that infected me two days ago are extremely difficult to remove, popping up again after
you've removed them for the umpteenth time.
And now we find that big companies play a major role in it's continual development. They provide the cash that fuels it's growth. The report states
that some of this companies were unaware that their advertising dollars ended up in the hands of unscrupulous ad companies. My take is that they
didn't care. Not until they were exposed.
The full report is available here:
CDT Adware Report (Updated 3/21/06) [PDF]
The original press release here:
Press Release [PDF]
Now what is your take on this situation?