Spyware Still Cheating Merchants and Legitimate Affiliates

Ben Edelman keeping tabs on spyware.

Spyware vendors are trying to clean up their images. For example, Zango settled a FTC investigation, then last week sued PC Tools for detecting and removing Zango software. Meanwhile, Integrated Search Technologies (makers of a variety of software previously widely installed without consent) introduced a new "Vomba" client that even received "provisional" TRUSTe Trusted Download certification.

But these programs’ core designs are unchanged: They still track user behavior, still send browsing to their central servers, and still show pop-up ads – behaviors users rightly disfavor due to serious effects on privacy and productivity.


The worm never turns…