Sorry for the confusion here. Zango's post has been removed since we have no way of verifying that he says who he is. I did some research into the subject though, and I wanted to make a note of a few things. If Zango further wishes to discuss this issue, he can contact me via PM, and I will be glad to engage in further conversation.
First, I want to clarify the working definition of Adware. First, here is a definition from Microsoft:Advertising that is integrated into software. Adware is often combined with a host application that is provided at no charge as long as the user agrees to accept the adware.
Here is another definition pulled from Wikopedia:any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertising material to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used.
As I was researching this issue, I came across the following statement from a news clip regarding the legal action that Hotbar brought agains Symantec in 2006. And I quote, " The deal calls for Symantec to dismiss its suit, but continue to classify Hotbar's program files as low-risk adware.
Strangely enough, this quote was found in a related article, ""We didn't like being called adware. We don't think we're adware," said Dobronsky. "We think we're ad-supported software."
". Guess what? That's adware. Hotbar is adware.
And just one more clarification made by Zango.
The previous post listed Hotbar (provided by Zango, Inc.) as a threat.
. That is not true. Orange Blossom restated what was found on Symantec's web-site, and in no way made any other claims. 1bart stated that "this is a potentially unwanted program and is classified as Adware
which is true, which is what Hotbar agreed to when they settled with Symantec.
Of special interest, the Federal Government has successfully prosecuted several vendors whose products could not be removed as advertised. It seems that this is one of those cases (the software can not be removed as advertised), and I would hope that were one serious about not being lumped in with other vendors of a lesser reputation, that one would bend over backwards to find out why the removal processes have failed.
Regardless, Hotbar is adware. And to many people, adware has extremely negative connotations. I can't say that I feel sorry that Hotbar gets painted with the same brush. Not really my problem. Hotbar is an application that integrates advertising, and as such, is adware.
I would also like to note that I have absolutely no stake in bleeping-computer. I am merely a volunteer that spends time helping people fix computer related problems. As such, these opinions and conclusions stated here are my own, and are in no way to be taken as an official statement from Bleeping Computer, or any of it's stakeholders.