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    Devil's Reject Electropulse's Avatar
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    Some major anti-spyware apps don't even detect WhenU anymore.
    Aluria, Ad-aware and Pestpatrol will take you off their list if asked nicely.

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    Aluria, Ad-aware and Pestpatrol will take you off the list for a fee?

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...pcworld/120914

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    EP,

    WhenU isn't the only one being delisted. In the case of Aluria and WhenU, Aluria has gone a step further. They 'certified' WhenU a good while back as not spyware and removed them from their detections. A move which seems to have eventually lead to AOL dropping Aluria as AOL's engine for spyware removal through the AOL service. Then Aluria went even one more step further, they now provided their software to be bundled with WhenU's own applications. It wouldn't appear that Aluria's move with WhenU necessarily has anything to do with a C&D.

    And while some of these companies may be delisting in response to C&D's and demand letters, what none of these articles that popped up in the last day or so seem to say is what legal grounds those letters contained. Certainly adware companies have made such demands in the past. Or put in appeals to the various spyware removal companies to be removed from their lists.

    But at least the CA Antispyware Act protects security software from being removed from end users computers. The new WA law which goes into effect soon has the same such clause. Of course that is to protect against the practice of some spyware/adware which engage in deactivating such programs as Norton's, McAfee, Adaware, S&D, etc on end user's computers. But when WhenU (and others) attach programs like Aluria to their adware desktop application, but market it as a spyware removal application install, then that particular applications would seem to fall under a security application. Now if the other spyware removal applications aren't able to distinguish a WhenU application without Aluria attached to it from one that is and if they can't disable the adware part without also disabling/removing the 'security' application, then it may be these companies are delisting in response to demand letters which are claiming violation of CA law.

    It may be these companies are responding to the C&D's because there is now a legal reason which they feel they have to comply with. I find it of interest all the articles I read on this yesterday on different sources gave Claria and WhenU as examples for delisting. Both now bundled spyware removal applications to some of their adware products.

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    Bundling unethical worthless Anti-Spyware/Adware apps with the likes of WhenU and Gator speeks volumes about the operators of these programs. Just thieves changing from strips to suits. Like passing out free phoney copies of the Quran and first aid kits to a crowd, just before some suicide bomber blows up the freebee gatherers. Whats next? Rapists passing out business cards offering free home visits and loyality reward points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecomcity
    Whats next? Rapists passing out business cards offering free home visits and loyality reward points.
    and condoms... that they give you afterwards...

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    My exact words to a Grand Daughter contemplating going into an advertising major in College..... You'll advance your career choice by learning to turn "tricks" in the Frat Houses and Student Union.
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