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According to my logs, this site put a whole bunch of spyware in the registry of my machine. Fortunately, spybot and adaware was able to remove it.
Has anyone had any experience with this site and is there a way to find which ppc uses this spy site?
Later that day, I ran spybot and adaware and found 12 entries of spyware installed in my computer registry from "istarthere.com" in addition to about six more in various other places.
I'm not sure which site referred to istarthere but have a pretty good idea.
I just had Mysearch installed out of nowhere on my PC, I tried it, didnt like it much, uninstalled it and stuck with google.
On the ppc advertiser side, it gives them more of a reach with less fraud because toolbar users arent getting paid.
Would you rather pay for advertising and have thousands of small sites distributing your listing so chances of fraud is like 80% (non-calculated estimate) or thousands of users with toolbars who are not getting paid clicking on your listing out of interest.
Third party software is really the only way to guarantee great distribution of their software. People just need to read the fineprint before installing software. Thats all
I get offers to download a small program with a yes/no choice occassionally. I don't mind this at all.
As to the purpose of these secret entries, I don't know exaclty what they do but I'm just wary of these guys putting stuff you didn't ask for on your computer.
Anyway, spybot blasted them out.
Perhaps you went to their download page for the toolbar/software directly from a search engine.
You might want to upgrade your browser ande set security to medium or even high. This prevents activex scripts from messing with your pc.