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Reasons for Adware's actions

zeke_mo

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#1
Ad/Spyware Vendors Threaten....Everyone
Small stationery company is the latest
It isn't just security websites and anti-spyware developers being threatened by the Ad/spyware industry: Stationery/Wallpaper website CloudEight notes they're facing legal threats from Hotbar, Inc. for referring to their software as spyware (see their rant and compiled info on Hotbar's "stellar" reputation). Hotbar threatened to sue Lavasoft (makers of Adaware) for $6 million in damages for detecting their application (Lavasoft then pulled Hotbar from their definitions).
Source : http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/61443


Maybe this is old news, but I hadn't heard it. This is the reason behind adware removing certain programs from their def file. I'd imagine :p
 

Xie

- geek -
#2
Maybe they should just call them unwanted and still remove them and avoid the legal issues?

Sad that companys like that can sue a company trying to undo the damage they have done. Oh and didn't Gator sue someone for something similiar to this (someone called them spyware)?
 

Mainframeguy

Debiant by way of Ubuntu
#3
bastards - Hotbar - or any bleedin' bar is so obviously a ware I really do not want anywhere near my machine... I hope GIANT (err I mean M$ beta) still has it in theirs - after all M$ will not be put off by a piss poor $6million suite - they could counter sue for $6billion!

As you say - it probably is an old news/technique - I think Kazaa or those bastards who did a very aggressive time/date spyware I forget the name of connected with that pulled somethign similar but did not get the definitions pulled. Personally the part of this story which is news for me is that Adaware pulled the definition - which saddens me.... where will it end?
 

Kr0m

Moderator
#6
Hehe, it's kinda funny/lame how at one time lavasoft also detected Spybot Search & Destroy, killed it, removed it from the machine.
 

Perris Calderon

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#7
Xie said:
Maybe they should just call them unwanted and still remove them and avoid the legal issues?

Sad that companys like that can sue a company trying to undo the damage they have done. Oh and didn't Gator sue someone for something similiar to this (someone called them spyware)?
good idea;

I like the idea of having a list of "requested to remove" software, and a user could "opt out" of whatever they wanted to opt out of
 

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