adware, threat level

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by t-4-2, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. t-4-2

    t-4-2 Guest

    Hello everyone,
    I had recently downloaded some animated Smiles. My AV programs found adware
    in the Smiley program, namely MyWebSearch and Fun Web Products. The threat
    level ( scale 1- 10 ) is 1.
    I am not sure if I should or should not keep the Smiley program. Please
    advise. Thank you.
     
    t-4-2, Dec 29, 2008
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  2. If you don't mind adware, keep the silly smilies.
     
    Richard Urban, Dec 29, 2008
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  3. t-4-2

    t-4-2 Guest

    Please elaborate what adware at threat level 1 could do to my computer. I am
    not knowledgeable to understand the consequences. " Level 1 " seems to be
    non-threatening. No ?
     
    t-4-2, Dec 29, 2008
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  4. The problem with adware, especially the ones you have placed on your
    computer, is that there is nothing stopping them from placing god knows what
    else on your computer at a future date. The adware companies basically have
    a back door into your computer.

    I certainly wouldn't their crap on my computer.
     
    Richard Urban, Dec 29, 2008
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  5. t-4-2

    t-4-2 Guest

    Thank you, Richard.

     
    t-4-2, Dec 29, 2008
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  6. t-4-2

    Mark H Guest

    Threat levels are assigned by the vendor and inconsistent between vendors.
    While "Level 1" sounds low, it's still adware.

    Kind of like me tapping on your knuckles with a hammer, a nag screen,
    toolbar, or other unwanted function will eventually become annoying and as
    Richard points out it provides a backdoor to somebody (which doesn't have to
    be those who created it.) The level assignments provide you a guage as to
    where you can draw the line on future installations of other crapware.

    I would simply tell you that if you got it for free, and you were warned
    about it's contents, you'll probably find the controls on that tapping
    hammer a little inconsistent over time.
     
    Mark H, Dec 29, 2008
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  7. t-4-2

    t-4-2 Guest

    Thank you, Mark. Smileys un-installed.

     
    t-4-2, Dec 29, 2008
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  8. t-4-2

    David B. Guest

    Now download and run malwarebytes (malwarebytes.org) because the mywebsearch
    uninstaller does not actually uninstall most of itself.
     
    David B., Dec 31, 2008
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