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#1 starship

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 03:37 PM

I may has missed it but has there been a discussion concerning the anti-spyware software bundled with Yahoo toolbar?

I find little about it on the Web. Some say its really good but I'm concerned about the toolbar itself. Wasn't that considered spyware a while back?

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 10:51 PM

starship,

I did a search on this forum and did not find a thread discussing the Yahoo tool bar with the antispyware. But I found numerous items with that topic discussed by searching with google here. The third article down at infoworld was the only one I read.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 07:35 AM

Thanks Animal,

I saw those entries, also.

I was just loooking for some validation from others who have used it.

I do appreciate your efforts.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 08:03 AM

I got the anti-spyware download with out getting the toolbar. Yahoo's privacy policy states that they don't share info on users beyond their partner companies which is likely true. From their privacy policy:

Yahoo! displays targeted advertisements based on personal information. Advertisers (including ad serving companies) may assume that people who interact with, view, or click on targeted ads meet the targeting criteria - for example, women ages 18-24 from a particular geographic area.


Thats about as bad as their intrusiveness is I'm sure. These toolbars are considered spyware by some because when you use them your surfing habits are monitored which allows them to target their advertising as mentioned above. I don't agree with that because they are assuming that they know what content you want to see.

Beyond that, if there was any real spyware involved programs like Ad-Aware and Spybot would pick up on it.

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