A Tale of 2 WAHMs

Ramblings of 2 WAHMs - Anita DeFrank and Kara Kelso. Partners in business discuss how we manage successful websites and young children at home.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Spyware, Scumware, etc = BAD!

The amount of spyware is really starting to worry me.

Recently I downloaded something "free", and now it looks as though I'm going to have to run another spyware check. The amount of pop ups annoy me, as does the way my computer runs when it's infected. But most of all it irritates me to know that these are the people stealing my commissions.

Yes you heard me right - spyware steals my commissions.

How do they do it? Well without getting to "techi" here (because let's face it, I'm not a computer genius - I can't even spell), all those pop ups aren't just annoying people. It's setting cookies on computers so that when a visitors comes to my site and clicks on one of my affiliate links, the commission goes to the spyware company and not me. Now does that sound right to you? I built the site, I provided the link, and I did the advertising to get the visitor there ..... then this other company gets the commission. What?! How is this legal?? WHY is this legal? I know I'm not the only one that's hopping mad about it, there are thousands (if not millions) just as mad as me. Honest, hard working individuals that are trying to make a living providing a service that people need. When someone else gets paid for my work, I call that fraud.

To check your computer for spyware, I HIGHLY recommend these two programs:
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html (see "spybot")

For more information on Spyware, Scumware, and to see what programs are infecting your computer, visit: http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/


  • At 10:04 AM, Blogger Anita said…

    Grrrr!!! Spyware stinks! (For lack of better words from a soft-spoken woman myself! LOL!) I've noticed an over abundance of pop-ups myself lately. Worst thing is, I don't even remember downloading anything. Legal?? I don't know how it possibly could be considered legal. A theif is a theif is a theif! Plain and simple! (Off my soapbox...)


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