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StopBadWare lists AOL 9.0

StopBadWare.org, an organization sponsored in part by the Berkman Center, has put AOL 9.0 onto its list of malefactors because

it installs additional software without telling the user, it forces the user to take certain actions, it adds various components to Internet Explorer and the taskbar without disclosure, it may automatically update without the user’s consent, and it fails to uninstall completely.

That’s a big, gutsy step. But don’t those same criteria mean that Windows XP should be on the list? [Tags: ]

2 Responses to “StopBadWare lists AOL 9.0”

  1. You got that right! I just switched to XP from 98. I’ve turned everything off I can find but periodically my dialup connection goes berserk with traffic while I’m composing some long screed. And I can never find where all the data is going.

    OTOH, it just might be our friends at Homeland Security keeping me safe from terriers.

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