SpyWare Blaster blocking major affiliate network cookies?

Discussion in 'SpywareBlaster & Other Forum' started by starzz72, Sep 24, 2004.

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  1. starzz72

    starzz72 Registered Member

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    Hello, I have used Spyware Blaster for quite some time now and was curious if this program is now or has for some time blocked major affiliate network tracking cookies and added them to the restricted websites section in the privacy menus of IE or the exceptions menu in firefox.

    If so, I'm curious if this "feature" will block affiliates being awarded commissions based on the tracking cookie being blocked or deleted?

    I certainly understand and am for blocking porn dialers, pop-ups for porn or other types of problems on a family PC. Though, if commissions are not being tracked, this will only hurt small business on the web. It will not hurt the affiliate networks, as they will still be getting traffic for their merchants, as will the merchants still be getting thier sales... they would just in ALOT of cases based on the amount of current internet users employing software such as Spyware Blaster, Ad Aware, Spybot Search and Destroy, etc, not know who to award monies to for referrels.

    I feel it is unfair and almost too powerful for authors of these types of programs to arbitarily pick and choose who's commissions are blocked and who's isn't. Ad-Aware from Lavasoft even uses an affiliate program through Digital River's element 5 subsidiary. Surely, element 5's tracking systems are fully in place and regarded as a non threat by the spyware removal program's authors for example.

    So, my question is this to the security community here, is it fair for programs such as this to run small legit "mom and pop" type home businesses out of business in the name of spyware removal?

    I hope program author's will reconsider thier actions on this matter because they just may be killing e-commerce as we know it today, because not alot of people are aware of this situation. BUT, as knowledge increases, webmasters will soon stop dealing with affiliate networks who's tracking cookies are blocked by the whims of spyware removal authors who's programs have been downloaded by the millions.

    Is your intentions to block the development of e-commerce on the web? As of now, tracking cookies are the ONLY means of tracking referral sales. Block them and a whole lot of what goes on in ecommerce today is totally useless for every one except the affiliate networks and the big dot-com merchants. The lil guys is totally squashed here and is sitting around wondering why his affiliate payments are low, yet his traffic and click-throughs are high.

    So, please consider you're actions, as they have far reaching effects. Some you may not be totally aware of...

    Respectfully,
    Milton Hocker III
     
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