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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 8/9/2005 5:05:59 AM EDT
Why are programs like SpyBot and Ad Aware free?

Hackers with something to prove?

Are they on the take, allowing some spyware to slip by for a fee?

Are They actually tracking us?

Nothing in life is free, so why are these nice folks keeping the spyware jerks from tracking my computer?
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:11:36 AM EDT


You need a tinfoil hat !

Try some decaf.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:27:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JAKE-T-SNAKE:

You need a tinfoil hat !

Try some decaf.



You didn't give a better reason.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:44:19 AM EDT
www.opensource.org/

Check it, lots of folks help give out free software.

Spybot and Adaware both have free versions and paid versions. They also get by on donations. You also need to look at the viewpoint that maybe they think the internet is better off without spyware.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:48:29 AM EDT
Your post gave me a virus.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:15:03 AM EDT


Only the personal, i.e. limited functionality version is free.

For businesses, it's $49 per station.

It's a great way for IT people to try the product at home and then buy it with their dept budget.

Clever marketing, that's all



Now go kill some spyware!
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:35:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
Your post gave me a virus.





That was funny !



Recoil , I was just trying to point out that not everyone is out to spy on you and not everyone is out to screw you over when it comes to computer software. Ad-aware and Spybot do have a good thing going with their software by giving it away for free, It's just good marketing.

Link Posted: 8/9/2005 7:40:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
Your post gave me a virus.



Now there's a collection of words that I never wanted to hear. I think I'm going to have nightmares!
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 8:03:21 AM EDT
I used to have to run Spybot and Adaware every single day when I used IE, Thank God I dont need IE anymore.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 3:01:26 PM EDT
Hummmm,

It's just that the new Ad Aware has an update feature that I was using today. It picks up all kinds of bad stuff on my computer and I don't pay'em anything. I just have to wonder, what's in it for them.

I see the marketing angle but there's got to be more to it then that.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 3:10:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By recoiljunky:
Hummmm,

It's just that the new Ad Aware has an update feature that I was using today. It picks up all kinds of bad stuff on my computer and I don't pay'em anything. I just have to wonder, what's in it for them.

I see the marketing angle but there's got to be more to it then that.





I think Adobe Acrobat Reader is up to something...

I caught it sneaking my credit card back into my wallet.
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