Why does this forum use spyware?

By Eric Legge
Jun 25, 2004
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  1. Most of the people who use computer forums have Spybot S&D installed, so why does this and every other computer forum attempt to load Doubleclick and Avenue a Inc spyware?

    The latest version of Spybot keeps asking if you want to prevent these two (and others) from installing themselves.

    It's a nuisance.

  2. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

    Yeah that Avenue A is a pain in the A$$
  3. Scythy

    Scythy TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Have spybot "protect you silently" while surfing around. Its an option in the immunize menu.
  4. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    SpyBot detecting something doesn't necessarily make it "spyware". It just means it is detecting something in it's list of item's to block. If it was spyware that could become a nuisance I'm sure TS wouldn't allow it and would be aware of it. No worries.
  5. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Assuming you are using IE, for extra protection, you can always install the Google Toolbar for IE.
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,058   +645

    You certainly need to get your concept about spyware straight before boldly claiming why 'this' or 'that' website uses it. It should be obvious, we don't.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Cookies aren't harmful to your computer.

    That's all I get from this site.

    People who are so paranion as to not accept cookies should probably have them disabled anyway.
  8. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    Hmm. Google toolbar IS spyware (the enhanced version).

    Use firefox with the built-in search engine field which lets you use Google or any other engine without sending them information about your browsing.
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Google's toolbar does have a pop up blocker that works quite well.

    Not sure I understand what the extra protection is, though.
  10. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    I was assuming that "spyware" was in the form of a pop up.
  11. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    ok to turn off the sound in spybot S&D put it in advanced mode, go to settings>settings and on the list make sure both of the play alert when...s are NOT ticked. also when you claimed that every forums uses "spyware" and it is starting to annoy you, they use cookies and if they didnt you wouldnt be able to stay logged in or see which posts are new, so this "spyware" is more like helpware to all of us.

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