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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

My spyware url list not an original idea : )

Update on my Spyware url list post. TechRepublic article says that spyware is public enemy number 1 (registration required). Why? Bottom line is that "Spyware cost money."

In the discussion after the article, TechRepublic member Dr. Dij asks:

While it would not prevent all spyware, anti-virus and anti-spyware companies should use a network of PCs to browse sites automatically. Any registry changes or files created or changed or read outside of temp directories would trigger a listing in a black-hole list of sites that install spyware without asking. Spyware addon to browsers would warn end users that site had spyware and block it totaly or simply warn them, depending on settings of spyware blocking addon.

Member GDF says that the solution is unfortunately impractical:

I don't think your solution is practical. Too much spyware is coming from popups, on-page advertising, and other sources the target site has no control over.


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