Kids, Cartoons and Adware

For a parent, there's nothing quite like watching your monitor morph into a Power Ranger as the screensaver kicks in. Little Jimmy or Janey's been downloading software again! If only it were all fun, games and kung-fu.

We in the technical community are aware that screensaver downloads often come with potentially unwanted programs. Yet typical consumers conduct 15 million searches for screensavers every month. The problem, in our view, is that the screensaver "freebie" often comes with adware strings attached. And it's not just consumers. Major advertisers continue to use adware vendors. Remember the recent episode with Warner Bros. and Zango?

Using SiteAdvisor data, we decided to measure the prevalence of adware distribution on sites distributing screensavers associated with kids TV shows. The results were not pretty. McAfee SiteAdvisor Blog: Kids, Cartoons and Adware

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 26th August 2006 3:34AM