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    Comfortably Numb John Powell's Avatar
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    Ben Edelman Research on AFs and Spyware
    I stumbled on this link after going to a friends house and trying to show him and affiliate link on one of my sites. It was a linksynergy link and was showing "page not found." Their laptop sitting next to the first PC showed the link fine. The probable reason was a spyware blocker. Ben Edelman's site gave me a quick course in the dirty deeds of the affiliate marketing world. Maybe it's old news but here is the link: http://www.benedelman.org/

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    Please use the search function...

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    Comfortably Numb John Powell's Avatar
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    Sorry but I did and only got 2 fairly old hits. Must use better terms next time. I thought the stuff was so good that there might be some new folks like me that wouldn't have known it was there to search for.

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    No Prollllem, you are new here.

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    Hi, yes, I'm here. Anything specific I can do -- please feel free to ask.

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    Anything specific I can do
    Not at this time. You have done a lot with your work already, and the web presentation of your material is excellent.
    Thanks,

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    "Anything specific I can do -- please feel free to ask."

    Test out the Top Moxies.

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    TrustNo1, I think testing TopMoxies is a great idea.

    Really there are two separate issues lurking here:

    1) How do the programs get installed?

    2) How and when do they invoke affiliate links, once installed?

    As to #1, there's my prior documentation of Ebates installed through security exploits. In that video and numerous others, there's also proof of nonconsensual installations of Web Rebates.

    Separately, as to #1, I have some leads on bundles that install Ebates along with certain third-party apps (think screen savers, etc.). My understanding was that Ebates claimed to have stopped that practice, but I can prove that that's not the case.

    As to #2, the best and most recent work was Haiko's videos of Ebates overwriting other affiliates' cookies. Recall http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=14669 . I guess I might be able to find more, but frankly I think Haiko did a very good job here.

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    Ben,

    That was almost a year ago, I think Trusty was asking for more recent information.
    Continued Success,

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