Hegario said:I'm pretty paranoid when it comes to spyware and they did a test for anti-spyware programs in here and the winner is GIANT Antispyware. It managed to identify & remove 100 out of 134 spyware items where Spybot S&D managed to identify just 40 and Ad-Aware 82.
http://www.giantcompany.com/ - Home of Giant Antispyware.
SwordFish_13 said:Adware/Spyware :-> not always bad ........Spyware is considered bad but Adware sometimes Come bundeled with the Freeware programs you download it's a way to put Advertisments into it........they have to earn some money too .
http://www.spywareguide.com/product_show.php?id=418Official Description: Alexa web search -- a new kind of search engine. With traffic rankings, user reviews and other information about sites, Alexa is a web site discovery tool. Features an Amazon shopping button on the product and anonymously aggregates surfing information. Provides clear EULA as well as opt-out instructions.
Alexa web search combines the powerful Google search engine with Alexa's comprehensive site information and puts it all inside an Amazon.com interface.
Comment: Used to transmit a indentifiying ID but no longer does this.
To make things clear people who have difficulty understanding this:
At this time, we do NOT consider this program to be a form of "spyware".
Note- There have been reports that secure URLs can be sent when using the "Related Site Function" due to a security flaw in Internet Explorer.
The Alexa toolbar
We've received many requests as to whether the Alexa toolbar is spyware or not. Well, the Alexa toolbar which is available for download contains spyware agents (it is a MS Internet Explorer key that points to a MS DLL and MS HTML file. This redirects to a page, and that page redirects to the Alexa web site), whereby information about your web surfing is gathered for statistics purposes to fuel the Alexa ranking system. The Alexa toolbar is a Browser Helper Object (BHO), which is a component of Internet Explorer that will load whenever it starts, shares IE's memory context, can perform any action on the available windows and modules. It collects and stores information about the web pages you view, the data you enter in online forms and search fields, and, with versions 5.0 and higher, the products you purchase online while using the toolbar service. Whether or not the owner (Amazon.com) of Alexa does other things with this information is not known.