Posts Tagged ‘adware’

Software Annoyances that Need to Go Away

Friday, March 11th, 2016

I think the author of this article would probably find that a majority of users would agree with him, but since most of the annoyances listed are used by software companies as a means to generate additional income, I don’t think many of these annoyances will be going away in the near future.

I install hundreds of programs each year and while most of those installations work just fine and without issues, some come with annoyances that most users would probably like to live without. While many of the following annoyances are found in installers, some of them are experienced while the program is running, upgraded or removed from the operating system. The majority of annoyances perform operations without giving the user a choice in the matter, or hide the choice so that most users won’t prevent its execution.

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Good News – Sourceforge Stops Bundling Adware with Installers

Friday, February 19th, 2016

This is good news indeed … but it also sounds like Sourceforge has a way to go before it can effectively restore user trust.

Sourceforge, once the go-to site for open source project management, has experienced a rough time in recent years thanks to the rise of competing services like GitHub, but also because of the DevShare program and placement of advertisement on the site. Projects hosted on SourceForge could apply for the DevShare program to bundle adware with project installers for the Windows operating system.

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Microsoft puts Man-in-the-Middle Adware on the Banlist

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Not only does Man-in-the-Middle adware often present potential security issues, but it’s also downright annoying.

Microsoft announced yesterday that it made the decision to improve the browsing experience of users on its Windows platforms by changing its adware policies in regards to those techniques. Adware is without doubt a big problem on desktop computers running Windows. While there are different types of adware available, from programs that display advertisement to the user in their interface to programs that modify core system or program settings, or inject themselves into programs or connections.

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AntiAdware Blocks Download Wrappers and Adware on Popular Websites

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Sure, you can often avoid download wrappers by simply paying attention and being picky about what sites you download from, but it’s still nice to have a second layer of defense … just in case.

Depending on where you download your software from, you may get nasty surprises in form of adware with it. This is done to increase revenue for the site’s parent company at the expense of users visiting it. Some sites give you options to opt-out of using the site’s custom installer while others don’t.

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Report: All Major Download Sites Serve Potentially Unwanted Programs

Monday, March 16th, 2015

No surprises here … but the article does contain some good, common sense tips on how to avoid unwanted programs.

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), adware or crapware is terminology for programs offered to you, usually in the form of being included in installers, that have nothing to do functionality-wise with the program you are trying to install. Software companies and developers include those programs to make money, and while they certainly do so, help spread those programs with the help of the Internet to thousands if not millions of home computer systems.

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Detect and Remove EpicScale from your Windows PC

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

If you’ve recently downloaded the uTorrent BitTorrent client, you might want to take a look at this.

EpicScale is a Bitcoin mining application for Windows. It can be installed as a separate application but comes bundled with programs as third-party offers as well. The program has come to some fame recently as it was bundled with the popular BitTorrent application uTorrent on Windows.

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Lenovo PCs Ship with Preinstalled Adware and Root Certificate

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

When shopping for a new PC, I generally don’t consider “pre-infected with adware” to be a desirable feature …

We all know that computer manufacturers make much of their revenue from device sales with software and service deals. They integrate trial programs on user systems and may also cooperate with search engines to make a particular search engine the default on a system and with other companies to place shortcuts to their sites on the desktop.

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New Adware Method: Manipulating Browser Shortcuts to Change the Home Page

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Here’s an annoying new trick to be on the lookout for when installing software …

Whenever browser makers tighten the defense systems of the browser it usually doesn’t take long before advertising companies and malware writers find new methods to penetrate those defense. Some browsers display information to the user when the homepage changes while others such as Chrome may even reset settings automatically when changes are noticed.

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How to Deal with Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

When installing any kind of software or driver, it’s always a good idea to select “Custom Install” and keep your eyes open for any unwanted garbage that might be bundled with the software. That said though, even the most careful users sometimes end up with task bars and other junk that they didn’t ask for … and that’s when the procedures described in this article come in handy.

If you are running a modern security suite, chance is that you may have received notifications about so-called PUP or PUA on the PC. Companies use their own definition and list of programs that fall into the category which makes it difficult to come up with a catch-all definition. Generally speaking, any program that is distributed as part of another but not needed for its functionality can be considered a potentially unwanted software.

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Microsoft Updates Adware Criteria to the Benefit of the User

Monday, April 21st, 2014

It sounds like Microsoft’s definition of “Adware” has been expanded. This is a boon for everyday users, but a major headache for developers of web-based software …

Many security companies have started to release products that detect adware, potentially unwanted programs, or however you want to call these programs in the past year. This is largely a problem on Windows, and usually comes in the form of software that includes options to install other software during the setup process. A common example is a toolbar, like Ask or Babylon, that gets installed alongside a free software program unless the user prevents that from happening.

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