CNET Download.com is hosting an antispyware workshop tomorrow, in San Francisco, and the attendee list includes some major names in this field.
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You've probably heard by now that Download.com no longer lists programs that contain adware.
I was sent some interesting screenshots of pop-up advertisements for antispyware apps delivered via 180Search.
I was sent some interesting screenshots of pop-up advertisements for antispyware apps delivered via 180Search. The pop-ups were triggered at various Web sites, including PC-Tools, maker of Spyware Doctor, Google, and even Download.
It was pointed out to me recently that search company Ask Jeeves is a fairly big player in the adware market. I guess I should have known this, but last year Ask Jeeves bought a company with the mild-mannered name of Interactive Holdings.
As promised yesterday, I have results for the test I put Symantec’s new antispyware product through. I used the same test file that we used in our second Spyware Obstacle Course, which contained the following eight nasties: 180Search Assistant, BargainBuddy, BookedSpace, DownloadWare, eXact Search Bar, PerfectNav, Lycos Sidesearch, and Zserv.
Symantec finally jumped into the antispyware fray, releasing a beta of Norton Internet Security with spyware removal, and I’ve got a preview of it. The public beta is available from Symantec’s Web site as a hefty 33MB download.
We revisited our Spyware Obstacle Course, running six antispyware contenders against eight pieces of spyware. We ran our first Spyware Obstacle Course last November, and Spybot took the win out of a field of five.
A couple of people from Sunbelt Software, maker of CounterSpy, stopped by the office today to tell me about their upcoming, version 1.5, release of the product.
The zombie corpse of COAST, which had still been shuffling around long after we all knew it had died, finally sent out its obituary. An announcement on the Web site says COAST has ceased operation, and that the Web site will be taken down on April 15.