Fri, Feb 10 2006 17:56
Spyware fight attracts a crowd
WASHINGTON--Four groups have sprung up to fight the insidious
software that pops up ads on screens or spies on PC users. Is that too
much of a good thing?
Last month, the number of efforts to fight adware and spyware
doubled with the announcement of two new initiatives:
Spywaretesting.org, a consortium of antivirus companies, and
StopBadware.org, an initiative led by two universities. These join the
Trusted Download Program and the Anti-Spyware Coalition, both formed
The new initiatives were the hot hallway topic outside an event hosted by the Anti-Spyware Coalition
here Thursday. People there disagreed on whether more is merrier. Some
predict the efforts will collide, as each group is dedicated to helping
consumers deal with the insidious software. Others say the peer
pressure will keep each organization on its toes, helping the cause.
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