Yahoo Toolbar Now Targets Adware

Posted on August 5, 2004

Yahoo has modified its toolbar so that it now targets adware as well as spyware. Previously,Yahoo's Toolbar would automatically check for spyware as the default, but users of the toolbar would have to check a box to have their computer scanned for adware as well. This was allowing adware to remain on some people's computers as they did not realize the difference between adware and spyware.

Now, eWeek reports that the default for the toolbar is to automatically scan for both adware and spyware. While some people defend adware and claim it is different from spyware, many anti-spyware experts and privacy activists dot not see much of a difference.

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