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Author: PABearMSMVP Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 188747  
Subject: Betrayware/Hijackware from TMF Advertisers Date: 10/17/2004 2:30 PM
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This is a copy of an email I just sent to TMF:

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Upon executing a Search in TMF, I am presented with an ad:

Outlook Express Errors?
Fix Them Here Fast - Scan Your PC With This Free Download - Aff.


The ad links, eventually, through a tracking site, to www.outlook-express-help.com , which itself opens to http://pcbugdoctor.com/cpa/cpa.html (which is itself a multi-level marketing site; cf. http://www.pcbugdoctor.com/affiliate2.html ).

http://pcbugdoctor.com/cpa/cpa.html has *no* posted privacy policy. That's *very* bad news for TMF subscribers who happen upon this page. (No one should ever download anything from a site which doesn't have a prominently posted and easily accessible Privacy Policy page. No one should ever download anything from a site whose Privacy Policy you don't clearly understand and agree with.)

PC Bug Doctor *is* malware at the very least, *hijackware* at worst! The download installs an executable with the name TS.EXE which runs in the background, causes all sorts of problems for PC users, "phones home" to report on users surfing habits, causes unwanted pop-ups, and may "drive by" install other hijackware.

This "betrayware" is AKA SpyDoctor. See what MS MVP Eric Howes' page has to say about SpyDoctor and other rogue anti-spyware tools: http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

IMHO TMF should *not* be accepting advertising from these sponsors, and TMF should *not* be putting its subscribers at risk!

Thank you.
--
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE), AH-VSOP
& longtime member of TMF

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I thought you should know.
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