Friday, April 29, 2005

Spitzer Sues Intermix Over 'Spyware' (BizReport)

“New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Thursday sued a major Internet marketer, claiming the company installed "spyware" and "adware" that secretly install nuisance pop-up advertisements which can slow and crash personal computers.”

“The company is accused of downloading ads and software that directs ads to a computer based on the user's activities. Spitzer's investigators said the downloads then attach to computers, often slowing their operation and crashing the computers as well as interfering with use of the computer through pop-up ads.”

“The programs sometimes omitted "un-install" applications and couldn't be removed by most computers' add/remove function, Spitzer said.”

Spyware Obstacle Course (

“The battle between spyware and antispyware software rages on, as the antispyware developers struggle to stay on top of ever-evolving threats to computer users' privacy. We put together our first Spyware Obstacle Course in November 2004 to help users choose the best antispyware app for their systems.

However, the evolving nature of the problem and some new solutions prompted us to set up the obstacle course for a second run.”

The roster, in alphabetical order, is:

- Ad-Aware
- eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware
- Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware beta
- Spybot - Search & Destroy
- Spyware Doctor
- Webroot Spy Sweeper”