Advocacy Group Releases Badware Reports

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 23, 2006

“Thousands of visitors to StopBadware.org have shared their badware experiences with us since we launched. From their stories, we’ve identified and tested four applications that contain annoying or objectionable behaviors. To find out what we think of Kazaa, MediaPipe, SpyAxe, and Screensaver.com, read our reports (all in PDF):”

  • Kazaa
  • Mediapipe
  • SpyAxe
  • Waterfalls 3
  • “Before we could aggregate and qualitatively analyze peoples’ submissions, we first needed to define the parameters and essential traits of badware. With the advice and input of a panel of internet experts, we isolated six categories of behaviors that many users reported as unwanted in software they download: deceptive installations, unclearly identification, causing harm to other computers, modifying other software, transmitting user data, interfering with computer use, and being difficult to uninstall completely…” The complete guidelines, subject to updating, are here.
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