Adware Report: Yahoo Spyware Toolbar

Yahoo recently unveiled a feature for its web browser toolbar aimed at making it easier for users to remove unwanted "spyware" programs that snoop on Web surfing habits and other activities.

But before you jump to the conclusion that commercial spyware products are doomed, consider this. Yahoo left out detection for adware, because its paid search division has a financial stake.

This strategy is reminiscent of other adware companies, like hotbar, who offer free software in exchange for some seemingly-innocuous feature. Often, you end up making a deal with the devil.

I'll stick to commercial spyware removers, thanks. At least you know what you're paying for.

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Read more details about Yahoo's anti-spyware toolbar at Nathan's homepage.

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