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The questions I need help with:
When discussing with teen daughter she said "RealDownLoad has spyware too?" Is this true?
I ran Adaware but the icon is still there when I connect and I want it gone. Any ideas on how to do this without corrupting Windows?
With a little more searching and I found KaZaa lite which claims to not have spyware. Is this true?
Thanks in advance,
I guess the icon is still there because the prog has written itself into the registry. There are tools around to get rid of that. Do a google search for registry cleaning tools or something similar.
KazaaLite does claim to be Adware free - I use it and don't see adverts and AdAware says my system is clean so feel free to draw your own conclusions since I don't have a definite answer.
RealDownload was reported to have spyware installed - although I'm sure a quick Google will turn up something current in relation to this...
There are a number of freeware download managers out there which are just as good as the commercial ones.
The "icon" only appears when I have dialed in and it appears on the bar at the bottom of the screen (short but burtal memory lapse of thingie name). So it is an active task. It does also generate alot of pop-ups. (Is there a pop-up killer?)
Interesting about the RealDownLoad default of dialing home.
Never trust control freaks!
A good alternative to Real Download is Download Accelerator (Beta).
That meant that if a client purchased "cars" as a key word, when you looked up cars on a search engine, read an article on cars, or found info on repair for cars, the word cars would be highlighted. If you clicked on the highlighted key word, you would go to the Ezula advertiser's site.
This, in essence, is what we termed "hijack software". If you had a site about cars, then visitors with Kazaa/Ezula that come to your site would see ugly yellow highlighted links all over YOUR site that would take you to the COMPETITORS site. Even worse, advertisers could buy common phrases or keywords that had nothing to do with "cars" (or the site's real subject at hand) and go to sites selling something that you would not approve of.
Following the "cars" example, if your cars site had a visitor that displayed the Ezula TopText highlighted links all over your page and they clicked on it, they could be sent to a site that sold car insurance, car repair kits, books on how to steal cars or even porno sites - you have no control on how this software uses YOUR site!
Believe it or not, LookSmart was one of the top advertisers of Ezula/TopText (determined from evidence as of Jan 15, 2002 which was a year ago) for quite a few keywords, including Tickets, Hotel Reservation, Car, Computer, Computers, Tickets, Ticket, Classifieds, Auction, Auctions, Business, Shoe, Shoes, SUV, Motorcycles.