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
  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
  5. t-4-2

    t-4-2 Guest

    Thank you, Richard.

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

    t-4-2 Guest

    Thank you, Mark. Smileys un-installed.

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

    David B. Guest

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