I have been thinking about the classification of malwares in MSAS and CounterSpy and those classifications are visualized by the "Threat Level Bar" in the window at this link : http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2005/07/microsoft-sets-claria-to-ignore.html Keep in mind that analyzing and programming, to make that classification of adwares/spywares possible and visuable, must have been enormous work, because the number of adware/spyware is huge. CounterSpy isn't really my target, they just use the same engine as MSAS. Adware spies on us with commercial intentions. Spyware spies on us with criminal intentions. That's the main difference between adware and spyware and adware doesn't have criminal intentions. Some users don't make that difference, but I do. I assume that each user, does NOT want Adware and Spyware on their computers, because both compromise our PRIVACY. In other words we all have a black and white vision on Adware and certainly on Spyware. I also have a black and white vision on Adware/Spyware, because I can't afford to have a grey vision and that's why I find the classification of adwares/spywares, going from low-risk upto high-risk, USELESS. I'm not interested in those classifications, because I don't want any adware/spyware on my computer, no matter what the risk is : low, moderate or high. In other words I don't need that "Threat Level Bar" and I don't even want to see it. Is that "Threat Level Bar" some kind of psychological trick to teach us that adware isn't always a serious threat and doesn't need to be removed necessarily ? Putting Claria on "Ignore" as a "Recommended Action", combined with the classification "Moderate" in the "Threat Level Bar", like M$ did, is certainly a sneaky way to ignore and keep Claria on your computer. Keep in mind that the majority of the users don't know what Claria really is and they don't read security forums like we do. I wouldn't even be surprised that ignorant users consider Claria as a possible false positive. M$ has IMO a grey vision on adware and that attitude is dangerous, because once you enter that grey area of adware, you have sold your soul to adware already. Do I need that "Threat Level Bar" to REMOVE adware/spyware ? NO. Will that "Threat Level Bar" influence my decision to remove or to keep adware ? NO. Do I need a classification of adware/spyware ? NO, because I do NOT want adware/spyware. There is only a difference between bad objects and good objects (black and white) and I don't need to known HOW bad a bad object is, because BAD is BAD. Keep it simple, because most complicated things are complicated because they want to HIDE something. Only lies need a beautiful story, the truth doesn't need that. Some readers might think, why is Erik bothering about an innocent looking "Threat Level Bar". Of course it's always looking innocent, but do we need it ? NO. If we don't need it, why is it there ? I'm convinced that the business world will find a way to make adware acceptable and MSAS is used to mitigate adware. Adware is a brilliant tool to make advertising very personal and the business world will do anything to make adware acceptable for the user and I'm not talking about knowledgeable users (the minority). Maybe the ignorant user will love it to be informed by adverts via adware, when he needs something and wants to buy it, which is alot easier than searching on the internet with google.