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Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy Adware Developer


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 05 July 2005 - 05:40 AM

"For the last two weeks, Microsoft has been in talks to buy a private Silicon Valley company, a move that underscores just how eager Microsoft is to catch up with Google, the search and advertising giant" By STEVE LOHR and GARY RIVLIN The New York Times - Published: June 30, 2005 "The company that Microsoft has pursued is controversial: Claria, an adware marketer formerly called Gator, and best known for its pop-up ads and software that tracks people visiting Web sites. The Gator adware has frequently been denounced by privacy advocates for its intrusiveness."
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Posted 05 July 2005 - 09:25 PM

I find it comical to see this topic underneath a link Uninstall Gator, (ads by google). It seems that Microsoft are not afraid of showing their true colours of late. In all seriousness though if it were to acquire the company they might have a bit more of an understanding of their exploitation vulnerabilities. No doubt they would keep the code in-house but that seems pointless because the internet is rife with exploits and there will always will be flaws in software regardless of who wrote it. While not condoning spyware/malware everybody must admit it has done some amazing things for programming and security vulnerability research. I just hope that Microsoft (with all of there money and research and development departments) can put a little time into VoIP spam before it becomes mainstream. Hmm.....I wonder what would happen if they updated their spyware remover after the purchase of Claria, would it uninstall Windows? hehe.

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 06:48 PM

An interesting development in this story.

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 07:42 PM

Just to add to the thread, MS is being publicly criticised for this sudden "change of heart."
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http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=%2fcmp%2f165701020

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 08:43 PM

cheers guys, it is an interesting story to follow. Thanks for the updates.
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Posted 09 July 2005 - 08:58 PM

After reading this developing story, one wonders how much faith one can have in the integrity of the MS anti-spyware application going forward, if MS changes its criteria for spyware (which does not appear to be published any longer) for no clearly stated reason.
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Posted 11 July 2005 - 03:31 PM

And just to add a bit more fuel to the fire...

Microsoft denies its antispyware favors Claria

Published: July 11, 2005, 7:23 AM PDT
By Renai LeMay
Special to CNET News.com

Microsoft is moving to quash claims that its antispyware tool is now giving preferential treatment to adware maker Claria.


Full story at CNET News
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