17-07-06

spywaring sites to stay away from

these sites are best to stay away from according to siteadvisor.com

http://www.siteadvisor.com/analysis/categories/celeb_03_0...

 

aaascreensavers.com
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In our tests, screensavers on this site were infested with adware and they changed our browser settings.
ratloaf.com
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Aggregates screensavers from multiple producers. SiteAdvisor tests showed many bundled with unwanted software.
scenicreflections.com
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During our tests, downloaded screensavers also included installation of My Global Search Bar Toolbar, eShopper, and WhenU's SaveNow.
screensaver.com
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Offers screensavers provided by high volume e-mailer Freeze. Requires e-mail registration. Our sign-up resulted in 47 e-mails per week.
screenscenes.com
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Distributes Gain contextual advertising software along with screensavers. Ad-free screensavers carry the hefty price of $30.

 

emoinstaller.com
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Smiley packs included Windupdates, New dot net, 180Solutions, and SAHagent.
ezgreets.aavalue.com
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Registration with EZ-Greets distributor aavalue.com resulted in 120 e-mails per week in our inbox.
freeze.com
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Screensaver titan Freeze also offers emoticons. Our download included WhenU and New dot net.
myemoticons.com
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Added WhenU and WhenU CrunchGames toolbar during installation.
Sherv.net
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Download included Zango, WebHancer and New dot net in a single smiley pack.

bearshare.com
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Don't be fooled by the cute bear logo. The free version of BearShare contained WhenU in our tests.
blubster.com
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Their site has a slick, modern presentation that elicits comparisons to trustworthy programs like Skype and Firefox. But program came bundled with Cydoor and WebHancer.
filesharingcenter.com
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Feedback from the SiteAdvisor community suggests that this site charges users for access to P2P software that is widely available for free. Fees are for tutorials and customer service, but instructions and community support are already available for free across the Web.
handyarchive.com
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Offers a variety of downloads including many P2P clients. In our tests, software came bundled with BargainBuddy, ExactSearchBar, WebHancer, and Zango.
warezclient.com
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This application has earned the dishonorable distinction of receiving SiteAdvisor's highest possible nuisance rating due to our detection of New dot net and Startnow.

2famouslyrics.com
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Required us to download and install 180Solutions' Zango adware in order to view the site's contents.
lyricsandsongs.com
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Excessive pop-ups, which on occasion breached browser security on our test PCs. Use caution!
metrolyrics.com
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Recommends and links to 'red' lyrics sites which we found to contain exploits and dangerous downloads.
mp3lyrics.org
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Publicly posts users' e-mail addresses in the guestbook. After we signed up, we ended up with 34 spammy e-mails per week. (Read our blog on the danger of publicly posted e-mail addresses.)
mymusicinc.com
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Claims to offer a 'Free Lyric Finder' but charges a customer service fee for access to free software. Don't waste your money.
free-games-online.com
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Games are free of spyware, but registration resulted in 35 e-mails per week to our inbox.
free-windows-games.com
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Site claims to be '100% spyware and adware free!' Our downloads included WhenU and New dot net.
jackpot.com
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Offers games with huge money prizes and a 'no spam guarantee.' Our registration resulted in 99 e-mails per week on average.
justfreegames.com
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The games are free, but our tests showed games bundled with WhenU and New dot net.
totallyfunfreegames.com
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Games might be 'totally fun.' But we didn't enjoy the popup ads we received from bundled Zango.
lookdog.com/playstation
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SiteAdvisor sign-up for Playstation sweepstakes resulted in 72 e-mails per week.
freeipod.shopherefree.net
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One of the top sponsored links for 'free ipod' search. 'Breakage' site requires user to complete many trial offers from sponsors. Also sends high-volume email.
metareward.com
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Major player in 'customer acquisition' market. Uses sweepstakes and giveaways to lure potential customers for sponsors. Sent us 38 e-mails per week.
Onlinerewardcenter.com
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Buys search keywords like 'free xbox' to generate traffic. Sent 54 e-mails per week after SiteAdvisor sign-up.
praize.com/giveaways
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Popular regligious site runs giveaways but in our tests bundled the Istbar contextual ad program. Stealth install: no disclosures made prior to/during installation.
celebrity-pictures-world.com
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Zango install required even to view thumbnails. Installed advertising toolbar Istbar and Dyfuca, which is associated with Internet Optimizer which some experts describe as an adware bundler.
celebritypro.com
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Re-directed us to ezthemes.com without notification. Ezthemes is a screensaver distributor that bundled WhenU, Accoona and more in our tests.
celebstation dot org
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Use extreme caution. During our recent visit, this site installed SpySheriff via a security exploit, without user consent.
celebwelove.com
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Affiliated with 'red' rated sites which in our tests installed programs many people consider to be adware, spyware or other unwanted software.
coolestmag.com
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Our visit resulted in 8 pop-up windows opening after 4 clicks on the site. We received 2 pop-ups even with a pop-up blocker enabled.

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