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    I haven't found any info on them on this board...they are a good producer for us. So far we have eliminated 180 and Ebates, and if you pair them up with Happy Lackey they account for a LARGE percentage of our affiliate sales.

    You guys have any suggestions for affiliates that I can target to replace some of those sales with "clean" transactions?

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    You deserve the company you keep. Only way to attract active affiliates willing to showcase your site and products is prove you can convert targeted traffic without tricks.

    Mike & Charlie ...

    "Payment is one option that isn't negotiable. Merchants require it for purchases ...SO DO WE."

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    I don't understand what you're asking here. Do you work for LinkShare or a merchant?

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    I'm sorry...I thought I had changed my profile. I am an affiliate manager and I am cleaning up our affiliate program. I removed Ebates, 180 Solutions and Shop at home Select.

    I am going down the list of our top producing affiliates and three of the top 5 were immediately identified as parasites. Now I trying to determine if the remaining two of the top five are legit. Happy Lackey appears to be on the straight and narrow which would please me to no end.

    How are they regarded in the affiliate community?

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    This is the first I've heard of them. They aren't even listed in Google. But if they're generating honest traffic for you, go fo it. What merchant are you with?

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    Haven't heard of them. One way to find out is to sign up and see if they are pushing spyware - if they are, you could always download it (onto an expendable computer) and run some test purchases to see if they are up to tricks.

    If you find another parasite, please let us all know.

    Web_Novice
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    I found their site, they look okay, no software promoted on the site and no Iframes or other cookie stuffing going on. This based on the site they have listed in their profile.

    Use the LS visitor IP report to see if they have more than one site and locate it.

    Cheers

    Chris

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    Low Threshold : High Return Days : Excellent Support : 100% Parasite Free
    WesternUnion.com - Netmagazines.com - Mondera.com - KegWorks.com - Left On Main
    DriveWerks.com - DeluxeGrills.com - GreatSkin.com - Vegas Experts - Pierced Body
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    Whatch out for this one http://www.offeroptimizer.com/

    Beautiful site they have there if you site copiers and merchnats want to find out what it takes to be a super affiliate.

    I got infested by these wanks and can't seem to get rid of the buggers. They even pop on my site and those of my clients with offers like Gator & WhenU. Guess it's time for some sleuthing...

    Private server (e-mail spammer and BHO drive by installer)

    Registrant:
    Services, Ad (HIGYAUVHPD)
    PO BOX 28909
    LAS VEGAS, NV 89126
    US

    Domain Name: OFFEROPTIMIZER.COM

    Administrative Contact:
    Services, Ad (GMQPQUCTEI) adservices2003@yahoo.com
    PO BOX 28909
    LAS VEGAS, NV 89126
    US
    888-674-9416 fax: 888-674-9416

    Technical Contact:
    Murray, A (LXOWHIWXQI) adservices2003@yahoo.com
    PO BOX 28909
    Las Vegas, NV 89126
    US
    702-464-4147

    Record expires on 22-May-2009.
    Record created on 22-May-2002.
    Database last updated on 2-Mar-2004 20:42:29 EST.

    Domain servers in listed order:

    NS3.OFFEROPTIMIZER.COM 207.246.124.153
    NS4.OFFEROPTIMIZER.COM 207.246.124.154

    Don't ya just love the direction this industry is moving in....

    Mike & Charlie ...

    "Payment is one option that isn't negotiable. Merchants require it for purchases ...SO DO WE."

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    Got that one out of the way and now ...whalla here comes another Adware wank from just clicking on some ABW forum links

    ABetterInternet.com

    Overview
    ABetterInternet shows advertisements based on the web pages you view and the web sites you visit. ABetterInternet may update itself without any input or user interaction, install third party software and add links to your desktop. It will also hijack the browser's error page.

    From the developer: During the process of accepting this Agreement, downloading and/or using the Software, you may be offered the opportunity by BetterInternet to download software ("Third Party Software") from third party software vendors ("Third Party Vendors") pursuant to the terms of sublicense agreements or other arrangements between BetterInternet and yourself or between the Third Party Vendors and yourself ("Third Party Software Agreements"). to enable BetterInternet to provide its Software, BetterInternet collects certain types of non-personally identifiable information about individuals who are served ads by the Software.
    By installing the Software, you understand and agree that the Software may, without any further prior notice to you, automatically perform the following: display advertisements of advertisers who pay a fee to BetterInternet; display links to and advertisements of related websites based on the information you view and the websites you visit; store non-personally identifiable statistics of the websites you have visited; redirect certain URLs including your browser default 404-error page to or through the Software; automatically update the Software and install added features or functionality conveniently without your input or interaction; and install desktop icons and installation files and third-party software. Source

    ABetterInternet is promoted by pop-up windows and ActiveX downloads.

    Classification
    Adware

    Files
    bi.dll, host.dll, biprep.exe, Belt.exe, Belt.ini

    Vendor
    BetterInternet Inc

    Variants
    ABetterInternet ABetterInternet.B ABetterInternet.C ABetterInternet.D ABetterInternet.E ABetterInternet.F ABetterInternet.susp

    End User License Agreement
    2003-11-22

    Privacy policy
    2003-11-22

    Detection
    Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner detects ABetterInternet. Bazooka is freeware and detects spyware, adware, foistware, trojan horses, viruses, worms, etc.

    Mike & Charlie ...

    "Payment is one option that isn't negotiable. Merchants require it for purchases ...SO DO WE."

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