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    ABW Ambassador Jane's Avatar
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    I am having a hard time getting rid of this browser hijacker. Anyone else run into it yet?

    I am emailing all their advertisers to let them know what scum they are.

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    Jane, I ran across a site last week about this parasite. Looks to be an ugly bugger.

    On this page - http://www.adrants.com/2004/06/adspy...31811004289428
    half way down, there is a post with manual removal instructions along with a couple more 4 or 5 posts further down. I don't know personally if their instructions will work for you but that's the only thing I ran across after I started reading up on it.

    Good luck and hope this works for you.

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    Ah, I was waiting for "Lord Pace" www.adbumb.com fame and buddy of Bob Regular of www.cydoor.com to enter the game, at least he did in the predictable Pesach style.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>according to Pesach Lattin, who is the author of the online marketing e-newsletter Adbumb. Adds Lattin: "The reason there's an upsurge in advertising sleazeware is because it works." - Source
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    Continued Success,

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    jane,

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>'i finly got rid of this thing all you have to do is use add/remove programs to uninstall it but the trick is to make sure you eather are disconected from the internet or are running a strict firewall because when uninstalling the program it seems to try to contact the sight to reinstall itself' <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Continued Success,

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    Is this the company that has advertising in the new Revenue Magazine?
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    TeamLoxly.com BookGoodies.com ABCsPlus.com

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>"The reason there's an upsurge in advertising sleazeware is because it works." Pesach Lattin <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Usually I would agree that "in-your-face" advertising works.

    But in this case, I find that hard to believe. This stuff goes so far beyond a loud TV commercial or giant billboard, that I'd expect the aggravation factor to negate the normal effect of advertising, at best--and even cause *bad* branding instead.

    Regular in-your-face advertising (normal popups, screaming TV ads, etc.) at least appears in places it "belongs," and doesn't mess with the functionality of the customer's equipment.
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    It works for the people selling the ads. By the time the first advertisers they sell to drop the ads they have new suckers to sell to.

    I was searching for credit and an ad for a casino comes up. Ah yes, let me gamble that will solve all my money problems!

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    When I try add remove progams it says the program has already been removed. I tried another manual delete on the files I found and will see how long it takes to come back.

    I think the best way to get rid of these programs is for the consumer to raise hell with the merchants buying the ads. As long as there is someone out there willing to pay, these sleezeball companies will keep popping up.

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    The the affiliate rag allows these theftware perps to advertise maybe they should rename it to "Revolver Revenue"
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    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    Still unable to remove Midaddle I have decided to let it run and see who is advertising with them. LampsPlus popped up this morning. I sent a complaint to them and also a complaint to the FTC about this browser hijacking software.

    Forget the fact that they are stealing cookies, this is just a sleezy way to run advertising. Nobody has a right to interfere with what happens on my computer screen. If companies want to do that let them buy the computers. Seems it would be cheap advertising to give infected computers and internet connections to people who can't afford them.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Seems it would be cheap advertising to give infected computers and internet connections to people who can't afford them. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    you may wish you had patented that before mentioning it. stranger things could even happen, given the mindset of some advertisers.

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    LOL...the Infested FreePc game plan...coming to a dumpster near you!
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    Well of course the people getting the free pc's probably won't be big spenders but that is not the point. They only want to sell advertising, doesn't matter if it works!

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    A quick Note from Nick Smith Publisher of Revenue Magazine:
    I want to this opportunity to apologize for the recent advertisement running in Revenue Issue 3 for midaddle. We were unaware of the "spyware" type solution they offer and would not have accepted the advertisement if we had known before publication.
    This is a personal mistake I accept full responsibility for and will contact Midaddle to cancel the future insertions of this advertisement.

    We are committed to making the affiliate world a better place to do business and sometimes we make mistakes, I trust you will forgive and continue to support Revenue Magazine.

    If you wish to contact me directly you can - NICK@MRIRESEARCH.com

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    Nice to hear Revenue magazine isn't condoning spyware/adware as the wave of the future of affiliate marketing.
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

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    What Ecom said re: Revenue Magazine.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by EcomCity.com:
    LOL...the Infested FreePc game plan...coming to a dumpster near you! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I thought that used to be called, "PeoplePC..."

    I think they started charging, though. Guess the companies paying the ad people, got sick of having only broke people seeing their stuff.

    But there used to be a few places offering free (ad-infested) PCs. This was before parasiteware was an issue--the ads they were infested with were of the "paid to surf" type (parasiteware's predecessors).

    I remember reading once that there were so many toolbars on free PCs that there was hardly any room left to see anything else!
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    What revenue magazine should do is a full page apology in place of next month's midaddle advert naming them as a spyware delivery system.

    That'll serve as a warning to other spyware merchants not to bother trying to dupe people.

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    And you might also want to delist them from your "business partners' page on your website.

    Or better still, put them on a new page called "business partners until we found out what scumbags they were".

    That CNet page shows just how scumbaggy they are...

    "I just posted a fix to groups.google.com. Alex K. is correct, that the program attempts to reinstall itself. But it goes a little deeper than that. It runs dual processes, each protecting the other. It also has "sleeper" apps that aren't detected by Adaware that reinstall midaddle when your network connection goes active again."

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    Another thing I have noticed while looking for midaddle mentions via google - it looks to me as though the midaddle application interacts with a user's browser when they're posting to blogs/boards and inserts a midaddle advert URL in front of any url mentioned in their post.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jane:
    Still unable to remove Midaddle I have decided to let it run and see who is advertising with them. LampsPlus popped up this morning. I sent a complaint to them and also a complaint to the FTC about this browser hijacking software.

    Forget the fact that they are stealing cookies, this is just a sleezy way to run advertising. Nobody has a right to interfere with what happens on my computer screen. If companies want to do that let them buy the computers. Seems it would be cheap advertising to give infected computers and internet connections to people who can't afford them. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    It is not necessarily the merchants running the ads. Affiliates seem to love this kind of thing lately and run their affiliate links.

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    &gt; Nice to hear Revenue magazine isn't condoning spyware/adware as the wave of the future of affiliate marketing.

    Let's hope it's true and not just so that we order a subscription.

    &gt; Guess the companies paying the ad people, got sick of having only broke people seeing their stuff.
    Good one

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Schmitty:
    I want to this opportunity to apologize for the recent advertisement running in Revenue Issue 3 for midaddle. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Would really be nice if you killed all the damn porn ads also!
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    &gt; Would really be nice if you killed all the damn porn ads also!

    Not good. Guess i'm not subscribing then.

    I would hate to receive a copy when I'm not home and my daugter starts scanning through it.

    Not easy to explain what affiliate marketing is now, she will assume that is what I do is "market porn sites", which I don't.

    Let me know when there are no more porn or spyware ads then I will gladly subscribe.

    I received issue 1 and 2 free but missed 3, glad I did not receive it then.

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    Good point Connie, but I don't think so in this case. These are full page creatives, not affiliate banners. Any affiliate doing an ad like that for a good merchant would surely be banned. Unless of course Midaddle is the affiliate. I am seeing Midaddle cookies, no aff cookies in there.

    Another intersting thing, though I have no idea what it means. Sometimes I can go all night without this thing popping up. Certain words trigger it. Everytime I have gone to by address bar tonight and typed in CJ.com here it comes. Why it is following CJ I have no idea, people don't go there to buy stuff.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Haiko:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Schmitty:
    I want to this opportunity to apologize for the recent advertisement running in Revenue Issue 3 for midaddle. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Would really be nice if you killed all the damn porn ads also! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    What's wrong with having porn ads in the magazine? If they have something to do with affiliate marketing, why shouldn't they be in there?

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