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Postby MikeLeffel on Mon Aug 27, 2001 3:39 am

<P>But this free program just removed about 318 instances of 'spyware' from my
computer. Earlier in the month, I had a problem with a piece of software
that
I did NOT install, yet was in my computer and ran when I started up. YET it
was not in the startup. If that eZula thing hadn't froze my computer half
the time,
I wouldn't have even known it was there. This free program finds things
like
that and gets rid of them.<P>It also attacks things like GATOR or the like, I'm led to believe.
<A HREF="http://www.lavasoftusa.com/index.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.lavasoftusa.com/index.html</A> <P>Mike "Now I can surf porn SAFELY again!" Leffel<P>Here is the article(s) which led me to discover the program:
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Note from Ryan Jensen, Editor
There's an interesting trend sweeping over the internet these days. Some
think they can simply walk in on a webmaster's property and steal his or her
way of living. Gator, eZula, and Surf+ are three of the main trespassers.
Allan Gardyne writes about how eZula's TOPtext program creates links to
external, paid advertisers from any page's content (even your own).<P>As promised, here are a few of the many comments I received about Gator's
new banner overlap software:<P> "When I found out that Gator was spyware, it was un-installed from my
system. I also recently installed a free spyware killer called Ad-aware by
Lavasoft which is at <A HREF="http://www.lavasoftusa.com/index.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.lavasoftusa.com/index.html</A> that scans hard
drives and shows you all the known spyware that found it's way into it. Tell
your readers how to kill spyware." -Len Sunday<P> "Perhaps the ethical thing for Gator to do, because I believe they do
have a right to compete using the technology they have developed, would be
to rotate the ads between the one on the site and the Gator ad. Even then,
the advertiser on the server has lost exposure time -- I don't know if even
that is an ethical alternative." -Mr. Shannon DeWolf<P> "Like we all needed one more thing to be depressed about on the net!
Maybe this is no big deal to people who have free space or cheap hosting,
but I struggle to run a free site on a dedicated server that costs me
950/month. Ads are my only revenue, so this is one more nail in the coffin
for me." -Connie<P> "If the vultures who create programs like this are intelligent enough to
write these scripts, wouldn't you think they would be intelligent enough,
and creative enough, to get their own customers, without resorting to
stealing them from those of us who are attempting to run legitimate
businesses?" -George Aune<P>Deals for Our Subscribers<P>
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----<P>Outrage Spreads over 'Scumware'
Written by: Allan Gardyne, AssociatePrograms.com<P>You've heard of software, freeware, shareware and perhaps vaporware. Now
there's "scumware".<P>As outrage spreads over eZula's TopText and other browser plug-ins which
divert traffic from your web site, "scumware" is the name which is being
accurately applied.<P>Scumware DEFACES the content of your web site without your permission.<P>It OVERLAYS advertisers' links on your site without your permission.<P>Depending on how upset you are and how you view the ethics of this, it
either diverts, hijacks or steals traffic from your site.<P>However you describe it, the end result is:<P>You lose visitors - perhaps to your competitors.
You lose sales.
You lose commissions.
If you haven't caught up with this topic yet, prepare to be horrified.
When I checked CNet's Download.com this week, eZula's KaZaa had been
downloaded 7.4 million times.<P>Many of the 7.4 million people who downloaded KaZaa - a Napster-like
file-sharing tool - apparently didn't even realize that they were also
installing TopText.<P>TopText, like Microsoft's widely denounced SmartTags, works through your
browser. It modifies your web page, highlighting in yellow all the keywords
which eZula has sold. Advertisers pay per click for the keywords.<P>What it's doing is inserting advertisers' hyperlinks in YOUR pages.<P>For example, if you have used the phrase "car loan" on a web page, TopText
could turn that phrase into a hyperlink which your visitors click on,
robbing you of potential sales or commissions.<P>As Danny Sullivan of searchenginewatch.com says:<P>"As a result, potentially Coke could advertise so that any time 'cola'
appeared on the Pepsi site, the word would have a hyperlink leading back to
the Coke site. Similarly, Ford could advertise so that the word 'car' on any
pages across the web - including those at the General Motors web site -
would link to Ford."<P>It doesn't matter whether you're the FBI, the White House or a children's
charity, advertisers' links are being added to your pages.<P>That stinks. It looks remarkably similar to breach of copyright and unfair
competition.<P>A really nasty side of all this is that if you run a children's site TopText
or Surf+ could overlay links on it to "adult" sites. It could be happening
to YOUR site right now.<P>About the kindest conclusion I can come to is that it's unethical.<P>Jim Wilson, who created scumware.com, says:<P>"The stealing of traffic from independent web site publishers has become the
biggest threat to the survival of the Internet to date."
Steve Shubitz of stopscum.com says:
"In some cases, they alter the contents of a PG site with adult and or
gambling links which the owner of the site would never permit. We find all
of these actions morally reprehensible."
Paul Myers of Talkbiz News - <A HREF="http://www.talkbiz.com/news" TARGET=_blank>http://www.talkbiz.com/news</A> - in an article
titled "Who Owns Your Business?", says:
"There is a word for taking a valuable commodity from its creator without
their permission and without compensation. Theft."
Other software products which lure away your hard-earned traffic by adding
additional linking options to your web site without your permission include:
Surf+ which was accused of sending visitors from Disney's web site to
adult-related sites.
Gator which boasts that it allows you to advertise even on sites that don't
accept advertising.
Melting Point
All these companies can sell advertising on YOUR site to your competitors.
Useful resources:<P>Sunil Tanna outlines the problem, suggests legal issues you can explore with
your attorney, and provides useful links. <A HREF="http://www.suniltanna.com/ezula.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.suniltanna.com/ezula.html</A> <P>Forums:
<A HREF="http://gethighforums.com/Forum10/HTML/001386.html" TARGET=_blank>http://gethighforums.com/Forum10/HTML/001386.html</A>
<A HREF="http://66.33.83.213/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12175" TARGET=_blank>http://66.33.83.213/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12175</A>
<A HREF="http://66.33.83.213/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12048" TARGET=_blank>http://66.33.83.213/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12048</A>
<A HREF="http://slashdot.org/features/01/07/31/2015216.shtml" TARGET=_blank>http://slashdot.org/features/01/07/31/2015216.shtml</A>
<A HREF="http://www.revenews.com/archives/00000139.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.revenews.com/archives/00000139.html</A>
<A HREF="http://www.revenews.com/archives/00000138.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.revenews.com/archives/00000138.html</A> <P>Jim Wilson's rant, with plenty of additional info and links.
<A HREF="http://scumware.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://scumware.com/</A> <P>Steve Shubitz's campaign against contextual advertising. <A HREF="http://www.stopscum.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.stopscum.com/</A> <P>Take Back The Web
<A HREF="http://www.takebacktheweb.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.takebacktheweb.com/</A> <P>Links to "other offenders": <A HREF="http://www.freegraphics.com/zz-scumware/06_Known_Offenders/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.freegraphics.com/zz-scumware/06_Known_Offenders/</A> <P>Articles:<P>"Forget Smart Tags; TopText Is Doing What You Feared"
<A HREF="http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/01/08-toptext.html" TARGET=_blank>http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/01/08-toptext.html</A> <P>"Web sites prey on rivals' stores"
<A HREF="http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-6797640.html" TARGET=_blank>http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-6797640.html</A> <P>"Peer-to-peer exchanges court advertisers" <A HREF="http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-6759036.html" TARGET=_blank>http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-6759036.html</A> <P>"Who Owns Your Business?"
linktheft@talkbiz.com<P>More useful links:
<A HREF="http://www.dmoz.org" TARGET=_blank>http://www.dmoz.org</A> (Search for "ezula")<P>-------------------------------------------------------
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Postby Dezro on Mon Aug 27, 2001 6:01 am

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