StopBadware.org is a non-profit watchdog group which has started a battle against malware, realising its first reports this week.
The anti-spyware group has made its first steps in this battle by attacking Kazaa program and three other applications: Mediapipe, SpyAxe and Watterfalls.
According to the group’s reports, Kazaa, the well-known file-sharing program is badware. Although the program advertises itself as being spywarefree, it is not completely true. During the uninstall process it does not completely remove all components, it interferes with the computer use and also makes undisclosed modifications to other software.
SpyAxe fails to uninstall completely. It also turns out to be difficult to exit without purchasing the full version of the product and also interferes with computer use and modifies other software without disclosure.
In what MediaPipe is concerned, it does not fully disclose what is installing. It also reserves the right to charge users even after the software is uninstalled. Waterfalls 3 from Screensaver.com actually has components generally considered spyware. The program is bundled with an actual Trojan called New.net which gives the right arbitrarily install software on a user’s computer as it considers feet.
The group is a result of the Harvard Law School’s Berkamn Center for Internet& Society and Oxford university’s Oxford Internet Institute initiative. It also has the support of some major companies like Google, Lenovo and Sun Microsystems.