StopBadware strikes AOL

AOL is not having a good summer, so maybe it is good that summer is coming to an end. The company released a slew of search data into the open, then decided to “go free” because it’s subscriber base was disappearing. Ad revenue was the new name of the game, with ad ons like cheap music as a balancing act. Now they get to dance around the fact their free software might be associated with spyware/adware, as StopBadware.org has called them out for funky install/uninstall procedures.

AOL replied, noting that these issues were not such a big deal, and should be fixed forthwith. I agree with the first premise, and am hoping they hold to their word on the second.

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