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Old 05-17-02, 06:36 PM
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Spyware now removes anti-spyware programs

I didn't post this in the computer forum because I think its more appropriate as news and discussion, but check this out:

Reclaim your right - RADLIGHT silently uninstalls Ad-aware


After we received reports from concerned users, saying that after the installation of Radlight 3.03R5 Ad-aware has
been removed from their systems, we have performed several tests that have proven this information to be correct.

We hereby confirm, that upon execution, the Radlight software
indeed tries to silently uninstall all Ad-aware components.

All files that are not currently in use, including desktop and start menu items will be removed.

Until now, such malicious activities where commonly known for viruses and Trojans.

There is absolutely no warning for the user, neither in their license agreement, nor on their website, that their
Radlight software 3.03 R5 (which comes bundled with WhenU's SaveNow and New.net),
silently uninstalls Ad-aware or other privacy software.

But even if the fine print would mention something like "Radlight will remove anti-spyware software from your system upon execution"
- it wouldn't make a difference in our eyes.

They have an obligation to inform all users of the full consequences, so that the user has a choice to either continue
with the install or to cancel it. *

Btw, we can at this point only confirm this to be true for Ad-aware, but if you have any information regarding
other security software being affected please submit your findings to us at [email protected]

We will make this information publicly available as soon as it has been confirmed.


According to Igor Janos, author of the Radlight software "As adaware's behaviour was hostile to our bundle, I had to defend."
This says the same man who stated that data mining software is really "Helpware".

We consider his "Radlight 3.03 R5" software malware.

Removing software from the users system without requesting permission is a very serious issue. - And is a violation of fundamental privacy rights.

Luckily the privacy community reacted immediately upon this matter.
The details about this issue have spread quickly, and people are preparing.
Cnet removed the harmful software from their servers after they were informed by concerned users.


An updated referencefile that addresses the recent Radlight release is available for download now.
We also released a new AAW distribution, which will not be removed by the current Radlight version.


You are welcome to join the discussion regarding this matter at our support forum.


Nicolas Stark,
Team Lavasoft


*)UPDATE
RADLIGHT 3.03 Release 5.2 now informs about its intention to uninstall Ad-aware, and gives the user an option to cancel
the installation.


http://www.lavasoft.nu/latest.html
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Old 05-17-02, 07:01 PM
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I use ad-aware. Pretty great software.
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Old 05-17-02, 07:16 PM
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this sucks. i'm guessing most people who use adaware will hear about this though
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Old 05-17-02, 11:09 PM
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I use AdAware to keep my PC clean but what is RadLight?
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Old 05-18-02, 09:46 AM
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I use ad aware as well and I think what those guys were doing was worthy of the worst of used car sales men. I think they should get a little more than a wrist slap.
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Old 05-20-02, 10:05 AM
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Good grief. Thanks for the info. I'm not familiar with Radlight, but just the fact that there's software out there that does this is creepy.

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