AOL security tools raise adware questions

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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  2. Durad

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    ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    Eric L. Howes comments on AOL ActivrVirusShield and EULA:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,126803-page,1/article.html
     
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    Re: ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    ActiveVirusShield has been out since November 2005. Why is this thing with the EULA only being seen now?

    While it is nice to see that it was eventually seen, the fact that it has taken so long is not pleasing. :doubt:
     
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    Re: ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    has anyone noticed (say using firewall logs or packet sniffing) any unusual network activity?

    Fairy
     
  5. RejZoR

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    Re: ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    Do you all think Kaspersky Lab would IMPLIMENT anything like this in their own product just for AOLs sake? Hnestly they are just way to respected security company to do such a stupid thing. Toolbar is however a completelly different thing...
     
  6. Durad

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    Re: ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    Because at that time it was not used widely.

    It will not be implemented into KAV and AV engine for sure but it could be implemented trought toolbar or any other additional boundled software that could be added in future.
     
  7. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,
    Not surprising really. It's AOL we're talking about, after all.
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    Re: ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    That's not cool!:thumbd:

    There should be a notice before or during install if AOL wants to gather data.
     
  9. Don Pelotas

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    Re: ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    Durad, for that to happen you would have to have installed the toolbar, which you of course deselect when you install it or you would have to use a new installer that includes what you are trying to suggest.
     
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    Re: ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    JavaCool's Eulalyzer hated that EULA. Extremely long, too complex and a LOT of interesting stuff that rated mostly 6's which is pretty high. I read the EULA and told myself it wasn't that bad unless I installed the toolbar which, of course, I wouldn't, but then after I ran Eulalyzer on it, I was sort of glad that I have never been able to get it work on my computer and AOL has never replied to my request for help. If there is no support and Eulalyzer goes nuts...then why would anyone want it?
     
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    Re: ActiveVirusShield - EULA

    Hey, i don't care really. It would just be more update bandwidth for us in the end which is better :p
     
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    This is a part of the current "License and User Agreement and Privacy Policy" in the AOL AVS site:

    5. INFORMATION PRACTICES. In this section, we explain how we collect and use certain information that you provide to us when you register with us and use the Software (collectively, "your Information"). Your use of our or our affiliates' other products, or third party offerings, is governed by their own privacy policies.

    a. Registration Information: When you register for the Software, you provide us with your e-mail address ("Registration Information"), which may be used to fulfill your requests for products, programs, and services; to communicate with you and respond to your inquiries; and to help offer you periodically our other products, programs, or services that may be of interest. We may share Registration Information in order to jointly present you offers with or on behalf of our business partners, but we do not allow these partners to use your Registration Information for any other purpose. Except for these joint offers, we will only share your Registration Information with third parties to provide products and services you have requested, or when we have your consent. You will have choices on whether or not to opt-out or unsubscribe from receiving further commercial e-mails from us. These opt-out mechanisms do not, however, apply to e-mails relating to your Software, upgrades or updates for the Software, or e-mails confirming or informing you about your transactions with us.

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    c. General: Your Information may be accessed and disclosed in response to legal process (for example, a court order, search warrant or subpoena); in other circumstances in which we believe the Software is being used in the commission of a crime; when we have a good faith belief that there is an emergency that poses a threat to the safety of you or another person; or when necessary either to protect our rights or property or for us to render the service you have requested.

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    f. Cookies. We may use cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies in combination with your APS Product information to enhance your experience with the Software; to help authenticate you when you use the Software; to remember your preferences and registration information; and help measure and research the effectiveness of our offerings and e-mail communications (by determining which of our e-mails you open and act upon). If you have any questions or concerns about our information practices, you may contact us at this e-mail address: AVSPrivacy@aol.com.​
     
  13. kdm31091

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    I'm not suprised. Most AOL stuff is some form of spyware and is at the least, bloated.
     
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