Download.com bans products with bundled adware
WOOHOO!! Finally some good news.
Download.com have banned the distribution of software from their website that bundles adware AND will actively screen submitted software to ensure that it complies with their terms and conditions:
Some gems from their Download.com's conditions include prohibiting software that:
- Serves advertisements or sponsored search listings, through a Web browser, a third-party search engine, or other means, that do not offer substantial benefit or provide a key function of the software.
- Collects and transmits information about an end user or the end user's use of a computer without adequate prior notification.
- Diverts or modifies an end user's default browser, search engine home page, provider, security, or privacy-protection settings.
- Is determined by us to interfere with a user's control and privacy.
This change has a very nice trickle-down effect. A lot of the software available at download.com is offered, by download.com at Microsoft's Windows Marketplace - adware bundlers have been hit with a double whammy!