WeatherBug Miffed at Microsoft's Spyware Classification

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by ronjor, Jan 8, 2005.

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  1. ronjor

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  2. Reo

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    Ok and your point iso_O?? Let me ask you this....how often has MS ever released anything that didnt have a ton of bugs in it that caused many to get cranked up overo_O Nothing new here folks, move along. :rolleyes:
     
  3. ronjor

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    Don't shoot the messenger. :cool:
     
  4. beetlejuice

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    Weatherbug has been classified by various AS programs as spyware for years. So what else is new? I cant believe their just now catching wind of this. I guess they've had their heads in the clouds too much. :rolleyes:
     
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    I think M$ have their bases covered here...
     
  8. Longboard

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    Once again...
    LOL or ROF weeping
    The whole Forum is covered with these unhappy reviews and comments.
    Love the post from Ron.
    More work than ever for the experts here.
    Be interested to see if there was/is a spike in the posts over the last few/coming days.
     
  9. Reo

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    But yu know folks....if Weather Bug was to (Reo clears his throat.....) pay MS for their software compatability certification. The problem would go away. *puppy*
     
  10. weatherbugjay

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    WEATHERBUG IS NOT SPYWARE

    reo- with all due respect- the 200 employees at WeatherBug could not convince Microsoft to remove us as adware (they NEVER listed us as spyware fyi) if we all emptied our live savings into a pool and donated it to Microsoft. Microsoft delisted us because 1) we don't serve pop ads, 2) we DON'T serve ads based on where you surf- which is how most companies define adware 3) we actually allow users to choose which sponsor they want each month for their free WeatherBug and 4) if any program that had as was listed as adware, Yahoo messenger, AIM, weather channel and lots of other well-known free programs would be listed.

    Currently, of the dozens of major, reputable antivirus/spyware detectors, only Norton is calling us adware and we just spoke to them last week- and no REO, we didn't offer them millions to remove us- we pointed out that they don't list AIM or Yahoo messenger or plenty of other programs that have ads and we hope they will be fixing this shortly- probably by the time most of you read this post. Again, they DO NOT call us spyware. nor does spybot, adaware, pest patrol, spysweeper, aluria, spyware doctor, spyblocs, or dozens of other spyware detectors because we don't track surfing habits.

    We don't even require a valid email address to sign up, unlike MANY programs that do. we only require a valid US ZIP code to give you weather in your neighborhood.


    Our formal spyware policy can be found at: http://www.weatherbug.com/aws/support/faq_spyware.htm where you can download what we believe are some of the most effective anti-spyware detection programs, as part of our commitment to end spyware. We are also a member of COAST (Coalition Against Spyware Technology- www.coast-info.org).

    For the record, spyware tracks websurfing activity and sometimes reads what is on the user’s hard drive. WeatherBug is not capable of tracking your overall web use or deciphering anything on your hard drive.

    WeatherBug owns and operates the world’s largest weather network and we are zealously committed to being the best, most reliable source of live, local weather information for millions of consumers, thousands of schools, dozens of major businesses, and over 100 television stations.

    We have a partnership with the National Weather Service to share weather information in times of emergency through the Homeland Security WeatherBug Network.

    100 TV stations who get their weather from us- 8000 schools and MAJOR universities, the Dept. of Homeland Security, the National Weather Service, 21 million unique monthly users and a Smithsonian Laureate for our CEO for the curriculum that 8000 schools use to teach kids about science and math using weather.

    If you like other weather programs....wonderful. But please get the facts straight regarding WeatherBug.

    I'll be happy to answer any questions at jay@weatherbug.com

    Thanks!
    Jay Hoffman
    customer support manager, WeatherBug
     
  11. NOD32 user

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    Hi Jay,
    You're the Guy !!
    Thanks for straightening that out for everyone.
    Sorry you needed to in the first place. It's sad that we live in a world where opinion, fact and truth all seem to be so far apart from each other at times. Let me have the truth any day.
    Thanks again.
     
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