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I run a check on a commercial keyword. The serps load just about all way through (the loading bar is still active) and at the very last second the first few results change (the average Joe with several windows open would never see it if another window is active in the meantime).
The format of the results is:
Over-hyped description (same length as normal description)
domain.com - Similar pages (notice not [www...] in front)
Apart from the http:// I wouldn't be able to tell the 'fake' listing from organic listings.
When I mouse-over I get 'domain.com'. So I copy the link and paste it in the address bar and voila 'http://www.webthiswebthat.com/search/validate.php?str and then an endless string. If posting the name of the spyware is not allowed please edit.
I just thought Google would like to know. I've never seen such a smart spyware that alters results to make them virtually identical to organic results. Not sure if this affects other search engines. Will try.
the web is in a sorry state when we need 3 applications to clean our computers from surfing. It amazes me how affective these scumwares must be when it hits the less computer literate.
Good point. I would say that the web isn't in a sorry state, but the software that we are running is. Why should the operating system and Internet Browser let you get tricked into installing things that you don't want? Why is it so difficult to see what is running on YOUR computer. Why do we need to check in 4 or 5 places on our system to try to see what is there, or use so many defensive / cleanup tools. It is not the spyware / scumware vendor's computer... it's yours! It's just bad design. Sure... it's supposed to be a "feature" of the OS that allows little applications to be installed so easily... but I think a better feature would be to have a single place where you could see all applications, plug-ins, etc. that are installed on your system, running or not. The owner / user should be in complete control of their computer.
I think Microsoft is working on this problem for XP service pack 2, and even more so for Longhorn. Don't get me wrong, I like Microsoft, but I think they have a lot of work left to do.
As a webmaster, I think the same principle applies. Web users don't like uninvited, distracting pop-ups, animated / flashing ads, or other nonsense that leaves them feeling like they just lost control of the situation. Respect the visitor, and maybe they will stick around and even come back.
The problem is there is no accountablity. The internet is like a mini society. Starts out without any law/order and over time sees the need for some sort of governance. Spam laws are attempting to fix one part of this, but nothing is in place for Scum merchants.
--steps off his high horse--
A freeware program that is designed to prevent spyware from being installed in the first place can be found here [javacoolsoftware.com ]
I think I'm still within the TOS guidelines on the above URL, but if not, just remove the paragraph.
[edited by: More_Traffic_Please at 5:07 am (utc) on June 9, 2004]
The internet has reached a point where it is dangerous for the lay person to surf beyond sites like hotmail and yahoo.
If they click the wrong thing or dont understand the ten step process to immunizing their computer, it gets infected.
This is dramatically affecting the adoption of the internet and people confidence in ecommerce.
Exactly, most of my freinds and family who are computer novices are affected by spyware. The biggest problem is they do not know how to clean the scum off the machine and they do not know how to avoid another infection.
Sad, but this has to be having a negative affect on e-commerce.
The guide was designed so someone with very little computer knowledge can fight back, install the right software and keep everything clean.
Sticky me and I'll send you the link.
Maybe this new spyware is the reason that some of the old spyware tools didn't work for some of you with recent problems.
It's a sad day that I have to run all these programs to keep my computer clean. All that and I run a firewall.