Messenger Plus! after 12 hours
Note I am using IE7 - behaviour may be different on older systems.
There's no toolbar... my home page has not been changed. IE's pop-up blocker is compromised by the installer adding exceptions to the pop-up blocker protection.
The uninstaller allows you to remove just the sponsor, or the sponsor and Messenger Plus!
I haven't seen any adultfriendfinder soft p0rn advertisements this time, but what difference does that make when they have been replaced by advertisements for passion.com?? Edit: Strike that. Adultfriendfinder.com popups just appeared - so far the graphics are tame compared to last time - let's see how things develop
There are advertisements for casino sites that require "software" downloads before playing, and the fraudulent "you are infected" pop-up that got me so angry at the sponsor program last night. You'll note from the screenshot in my previous blog post that the pop-up tried to download and install an activex control - somebody using an older version of IE is at risk of being infected with betrayware with no interaction.
I get so frustrated when I see betrayware peddled. I get so frustrated when hopes are raised by the disappearance of adultfriendfinder, only to be disappointed by the appearance of passion.com.
So much grief is being caused to innocent/naive users by betrayware. I deal with its victims every day. They are truly frightened when they see pop-ups such as the one I saw within minutes of installing Messenger Plus! last night. They don't realise that they are being lied to, and they hand over money that they sometimes cannot afford in an attempt to remove infections that don't even exist!
Messenger Plus! is extremely popular, and is (according to Patchou's figures) being used by 10,000,000 people - that's 10,000,000 potential malware/betrayware victims. How many of those 10,000,000 users are of an age that exposure to passion.com is inappropriate?
Maybe Patchou doesn't know about what his users are exposed to when they accept the installation of his sponsor, but assuming that Patchou believes, like me, that exposing people to betrayware or malware, and earning an income from same, is unethical, immoral and just plain wrong, if he doesn't know what his sponsor exposes users to, then he needs to do more to monitor and control the advertisements, and if they can't be controlled, I wish he would consider sourcing alternative sponsorship support - with such a large user base he'd be welcome just about anywhere. Patchou could make a real difference by refusing to deal with companies that permit betrayware or malware advertisements.
This coming Saturday I am booked to clean a betrayware and malware infected PC that the owner has already spent $650 on to try and get it fixed. Betrayware and malware cause financial and emotional pain. I wish that everybody who earns an income from malware or betrayware advertisements would consider the pain that is being caused to so many people and decide that, yes, earning an income is important, but not if it involves deceit - even if that deceit is not directly practiced by you personally.