Yahoo's Evil Spyware Tactics

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Yahoo IM users get more than they bargained for
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Upgraded Yahoo! Messenger this week? If so, you may have noticed a few nasty surprises on the default "typical install"

Fresh from being outted for supporting spyware, Yahoo! are in hot water again over spyware-like tactics deployed with thier IM system.

By accepting Yahoo's "typical" installation of YIM with Voice, it will also download Yahoo's Search Toolbar with anti-spyware and anti-pop-up software, desktop and system tray shortcuts, as well as Yahoo Extras, which will insert Yahoo links into the Internet Explorer browser. The IM client also contains "live words," which will automatically show an icon when the user highlights words online and then hyperlink to Yahoo search results, definitions or translation tools. Finally, the installation will alter the users' home page and auto-search functions to point to Yahoo by default.

What the fuck is going on with you guys? All that hard work over the last year or so to build reputation, and getting your mojo back and now it's all going to waste over stupid, evil tactics that should have been laughed out of the marketing room for the insane idiocy that they surely are.

Knobheads.

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The typical install has been

The typical install has been doing that for a while, MSN Messenger is just as bad, trying to do similar things.

Ironic that they put ads on spware type software, and yet their messenger tries installing anit-spyware/pop-up stuff.

"Ironic that they put ads on

"Ironic that they put ads on spware type software, and yet their messenger tries installing anit-spyware/pop-up stuff."

No it's not. Why risk third-party antispyware nuking their precious revenue-generating "enhancements" when the plebs can have big, shiny, antispyware from good old uncle Yahoo! :-)

Looks like Jeremy is a bit

Looks like Jeremy is a bit unhappy about this also - he was careful to put in a disclaimer that he's not speaking for Y!

I'm sure their logic is "Why

I'm sure their logic is "Why not? Everyone else is doing it..."

Thing is, most people who don't know anything about the internet will allow it to change their home page etc without complaint. And I am sure that is what Yahoo/ MSN/ and all the others are bargaining on: get the ones that don't know better...

Do 'average' users not

Do 'average' users not notice that their home page changes though? I'd think they do. Some may not, granted, but I'd think most would, and not like it if it gets changed away from what they'ed already selected.

Saw Jeremy's grumble about it before I saw this page, was quite good I thought, heh. I guess the reality of it is, the team working on the messenger program are so far removed from teams working on some of the other stuff, they jsut aren't on the same page in the book. The messenger team are still trying annoying change user settings tricks while some other staff elsewhere actually 'get it' a bit more.

Mopatop, would you suggest that their antispyware/popup blocking measure wouldn't block Yahoo! ads? I'm thinking they would be blocking things Yahoo! ads or not, the irony being that they may end up blocking themselves...
Maybe not, maybe they pass over things that serve Yahoo! ads to people. if so, its even worse.

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