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  danolito 20:08 08 Apr 2004

iwas going to download smiley central animated suff and e-cards but someone said they all have spyware with the download is it true.can any one help?thanks

  ianeon 20:54 08 Apr 2004

Yes they have - but you can get rid of the spy/adware using some of the progs. like spysweeper/AdAware/Spybot etc.

  hugh-265156 21:05 08 Apr 2004

"Is the toolbar spyware?

NO! Your toolbar does not collect any personal information and is completely “spyware”-free and “adware”-free. Period.

The toolbar was specifically designed to provide a great user experience free of spyware, adware, direct marketing, data collection or other similar activities. In order to achieve that goal:

The toolbar software DOES NOT collect personal information of any kind, period. No email address, registration or other information is required to use the product. No zip code, no email, no member name, no password. Unlike many other products, we do not even attempt to collect data upon startup as a requirement of use.

The toolbar software DOES NOT monitor the websites visited by the end user, collect or in any manner report any information about what sites an end users visits (or any clickstream activity), nor does it monitor or scrape information when you are on other sites.

The toolbar software DOES NOT serve or facilitate so-called "contextual advertising" where pop-up ads are served based on the sites you visit. Many applications are identified as spyware because they monitor end-user Internet usage and serve contextual pop-ups. The toolbar does not engage in any such practices.

In short, your toolbar provides a superior search experience on an ANONYMOUS basis and without any additional monitoring, contextual ads or other nuisances" from click here

  GaT7 21:20 08 Apr 2004

I suppose prevention is always better than cure.

There are a lot of mixed opinions (click here)& despite what their website claims it does seem a bit dodgy - but it's only my opinion. Read this too - click here.

If you do decide to install it you can remove it if spyware scanners pick it up. After install you can also try a good & fairly quick online spyware scan at click here (only detection not removal, but at least it will tell you if you're infected or not.)

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