Many folks that will be visiting will be trying to figure out why their
computer is acting the way it is. They don't need the possibility that
something that appears on the very same page as help items, might be
something that could potentially be harmful or deceptive.
Also if use firefox as browser you can easily get rid of the add's down
the side of google page.
But will the average user realize not to click on the links. Would they
not think, "Well, this is a site about getting rid of spyware, so these
links should be legitimate" ?
After thinking about it, the main web page and this page all have ad
links, if you want to avoid an appearance of favoring certain
programs/companies, I would submit Google needs to get rid of all ads
on the site, be neutral.
And some of the links do lead to adware companies. Also, they all set
I'm not sure what you mean by advertisement- we do suggest some links to
external sites which review/rate spyware, but we don't accept any
advertisements, nor would we. Can you point me at what you mean?
The site appears to be down at the moment, but try again later.
This is really bizarre- it seems to be perfectly available for a lot of
people, including all of us who tested the links at Berkman last night.
My guess is that DNS is funky, but it isn't clear. [It is known that
some badware programs that attack IE do give fake 404s when you try to
load certain anti-spyware sites, so that might be the problem for some
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Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
"The future masters of technology will have to be lighthearted and
intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb."
Oh! Now I know which site- you mean the group's web page. Yes, there are
sponsored ads there; we don't get any of the revenue, though- that all
goes to google. We'll eventually probably move this list to an internal
service, but we preferred to focus our energy and time on other things
for the time being, so using some of google's free services (this one,
google video shortly, and google analytics) made sense for us. There is
no conflict of interest there; we're free to move off their services
whenever we're ready to run them ourselves.
[And as mentioned above, those ads are automatically generated- we don't
oversee them at all. The confusion is a good reason to move things away
from this list as quickly as possible, though- thanks for pointing it
One of my friends was infected by one of the worse adware's out there
after clicking on a Google Adwords link for "Microsoft AntiSpyare". I
think that's just horrible and very telling at how bad the Google /
Badware Companies relationship is to consumers.
Google says they don't do evil, yet they continue to accept ads that go
against their very recommendations for good software. They continue to
profit off people's misfortune.
Isn't it ironic that Google is sponsoring stopbadware.org? I think
that Google has the power to stop much of it themselves.
But Google is a sponsor of your organization. I think that this will
make you tread lightly on Google.
Like I've said before, I think that Google is a huge problem when it
comes to Badware.
Will you promise to stand up to Google and tell them to stop PROMOTING
and PROFITING from Badware?
Mind you, Ben is one of Harvards elite, and is certainly of the highest
abilities in 'badware' research.