Download.com Dumps Adware

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Download.com Becomes Adware Bundle-Free Zone
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Cnet owned Download.com has finally dumped Adware bundles for good and declared itself an adware free zone...

When it comes to fighting unwanted adware and spyware, CNET Download.com has always been in your corner. During the past few years, we've brought you the best tools and tips in our Spyware Center, and we've maintained a strict policy toward adware by allowing only software that discloses advertising partnerships during installation.

This week, we've upped the ante: we're launching a new zero-tolerance policy toward all bundled adware. That means every time you download software from Download.com, you can trust we've tested it and found it to be adware-free--period.

About bloody time...

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"As of 4/27/2005, we have also removed all existing products on Download.com that we've identified as containing adware. This has eliminated nearly 600 products from our library."

This will be TESTED by a friend and she will report back....

 

It's definitely a step in the right direction.

I found this blog post on Saturday, and it's probably relevant to this discussion: The Ripple Effect of the Eliot Spitzer Suit.

The next step is getting some of the larger companies that advertise using adware to stop.

 

It's The Right Thing To Do, indeed, but I'd have had more respect for the decision if they had made it at least two years ago.

Bundled

Thay say that they have a "zero-tolerance policy toward all bundled adware" (their highlight): they are still distributing Adware products if the actual program itself contains the adware. Only third-party programs are banned. For example, Opera is still listed. Also, what about spyware products? There are a load of strange toolbars and stuff still listed too.

That was my thought

I'd seen that C|net was dropping adware. Ads don't so much bother me if I know that it's included, but spyware is another beast altogether.

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