thor_swe - 6:57 pm on Oct 19, 2009 (gmt 0) Its a matter of definitions i guess.
Malware is intentionally malicious. While Microsoft's add-on was defective and therefore exploitable, and while it was installed without giving the user an option, it's not quite fair to call it "malware." It's just buggy code. Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to infiltrate a computer without the owner's informed consent. Informed consent is a legal condition whereby a person can be said to have given consent based upon a clear appreciation and understanding of the facts, implications and future consequences of an action.
Its a matter of definitions i guess.