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    This article just reported over at Web Master World:

    http://www.digital-lifestyles.info/d...siness&id=1218

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Avi Nader, chief executive of WhenU said that the questionable practices were the result of an external search engine optimization company, and that they expected to be relisted now that they've stopped working with that organization. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Isn't that the typical response you would get from a 4 year old?

    Wasn't me

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    You gotta love the heat being applied to all these BHO spyware/theftware companies as the consumers demand they get back control of their systems and privacy.

    http://www.digital-lifestyles.info/d...siness&id=1218

    "Influential search engines Google and Yahoo has disabled links to WhenU, a adware manufacturer that they've accused of using “cloaking” to trick search engines into favourably ranking decoy pages that redirect visitors.

    Avi Nader, chief executive of WhenU said that the questionable practices were the result of an external search engine optimisation company, and that they expected to be relisted now that they've stopped working with that organisation.

    WhenU produce an application that keeps tabs on browsing habits – they're currently embroiled in a debate as to whether this practice is in fact legal.

    Adware, sometimes called spyware, are applets that are installed on your PC, sometimes without your consent or even knowledge, and can do a number of things: they can tell companies which webpages you've visited, what you've been typing on your keyboard (including bank details and credit card numbers), flash ads up on your screen or redirect you away from competitors products. Some people install them by choice (it's the old “people will do anything for a discount thing”) but often the applications are malicious. There are a number of free tools for ridding yourself of these pests, and we've linked to a good one below."

    www.lavasoftusa.com get Ad-Aware 6.0
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    Just tried clicking on the topic over at WMW.

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    On Hold: This discussion is temporarily on hold pending administrative review.
    This simply means there was something about the post worth reviewing before public viewing.
    It could also mean work is being performed on the thread or forum.

    They get very mod happy sometimes with posts in the Google forum.

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    Unadulterated greed drive the BHO model and the networks birthing and monitizing them!

    http://news.com.com/2100-1023-271196.html?tag=nl
    "A growing number of online companies are ambushing competitors through software that puts ads where marketers want them most--in front of customers visiting rival Web sites.

    It's called getting "Gatored," after one of the most popular applications underlying it, and some Web sites are out to restrict the practice. But for others it's fast becoming an effective way to feast on competitors in their own front yard.

    One e-tailer that's been bitten is 1-800-Flowers.com. When certain Web surfers visit the site to browse for bouquets, a pop-up ad appears for $10 off at chief rival FTD.com. The same sort of thing happens at AmericanAirlines.com, where a Delta Air Lines promotion is waiting in the wings.

    Ads like these find their way onto browser windows through "plug-ins" that come bundled with certain software downloads. Several companies are behind the practice, including the eponymous Gator.com.

    One online executive referred to Gator and other such programs as "hijackware," applications that easily whisk consumers from a point of sale at one site to a competitor’s site.
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

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    Link is working again. Maybe with the IPO the shareholders can pressure Google to take some action against companies that launch advertising off the Google search results. This can take away revenue from Google from Adwords and make it look like these pops are coming from Google. Time to plug up the revenue leaks. I just might buy a share or two

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    I love it! People are getting SO FED UP with these valueless software apps! The price you pay for a crappy freebie just is not worth it.

    How can something - ANYTHING - that depends on the work of another, yet provides no compensation to that party for that work, be legal?

    Commerce just doesn't work that way!

    Andy

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