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Photos: Coming to grips with adware

Backers gather to launch the Trusted Download Program, which aims to help people deal with adware and spyware.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor
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Trust makers

Backers of the Trusted Download Program chat at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., before the announcement on Nov. 16, 2005, of the effort designed to help consumers deal with spyware. From left to right: Doug Leeds, vice president at Yahoo; FTC commissioner Jon Leibowitz; Congresswoman Mary Bono; Fran Maier, executive director of Truste; Jules Polonetsky, vice president, America Online.

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Fran Maier

Fran Maier of online watchdog Truste introduces the media to the Trusted Download Program, backed by America Online, Yahoo, CNET Networks, Verizon and Computer Associates. (CNET Networks is the parent company of CNET News.com.)

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Mary Bono

Congresswoman Mary Bono expresses her support for the initiative. Under the program, Truste will certify applications downloaded to desktops as friendly and noninvasive.

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Yahoo to downloads

Doug Leeds, a vice president at Yahoo, talks about the Trusted Download Program. The Web giant developed the effort in tandem with Truste.

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