Spyware Still Cheating Merchants and Legitimate Affiliates
Spyware programs continue to claim commissions on merchants' organic traffic. When users simply type in a site's address and make a purchase, merchants shouldn't have to pay an affiliate commission. But spyware programs often monitor what web sites users visit, and when they sees users browse a targeted merchant, they often pop open an affiliate link to that merchant. If a user then makes a purchase, the merchant pays the affiliate a commission -- even though the affiliate did nothing whatsoever to facilitate or encourage the sale.