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#1 Jesse Bassett

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 03:09 PM

hello,
I am wondering if products from Freeze.com are considered spyware by the computing community? Their products include animated wallpapers and screensavers.

Thanks for the help.
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Posted 01 April 2006 - 05:13 PM

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Spyware/?p=800


March 22, 2006

StopBadware.org issues first reports
Posted by Suzi Turner @ 8:46 pm

Waterfalls 3 is a screensaver application from Freeze.com. Waterfalls 3 bundles software including a trojan related to New.net, Webhancer, (usually considered spyware) and adware apps SaveNow, New.net, Yak Community Client, the Crunch Bar, and Desktop Weather. The report says the adware installations are optional and the user can choose not to install the adware.


Further down Suzi goes on to say:

Freeze.com has long been known to bundler adware/spyware with its so-called free screensavers. The domain is on a number of block lists and HOSTS files. Just for fun I downloaded the same screensaver that StopBadware named, Waterfalls 3. I was unable to complete the installation because my unpatched XP virtual machine apparently was lacking a component needed, but I still managed to get 5 new desktop icons. Free goodies like wallpaper, screensavers and smileys have a long standing reputation for bundling adware/spyware.


Edited by Scarlett, 01 April 2006 - 05:13 PM.

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 05:48 PM

Thanks!
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Posted 01 April 2006 - 05:53 PM

Your welcome.
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