AOL 9.0 classed as malware

Written by Ryan Garside

August 29, 2006 // 11:44 a.m.

Tags: #9 #90 #accussed #aol #badware #having #malware #of #spyware #stop #stopbadware

A report, by stopbadware.org, has pointed an accusative finger at AOL's free 9.0 software, rounding off what has been a fairly miserable couple of weeks for AOL.

The stopbadware coalition, which is currently working with Google on warning people about sites containing malicious code, has highlighted AOL's software for a number of reasons, including: installing software without disclosure, adding AOL toolbar to Internet Explorer, modifying other software without disclosure and failure to uninstall software completely as well as a whole host of other problems.

This will only confirm the thoughts of many that AOL is in fact an ISP to steer clear of, it would appear the nickname of 'AOHELL' is actually justified.

In a blog released by stopbadware they discussed the incident:

“AOL has a long and storied history of being a leader in the fight against badware. AOL plainly does not belong in the same category as the all-too-prevalent, garden variety badware providers. But the free version of AOL 9.0 that we tested, in our view, does not live up to the company’s rich legacy. AOL is a trusted brand in the Internet service space. What we are calling on AOL to do today is to honor that trust by telling users exactly what they’re putting on their computers, give users an easy way to opt out of having so many programs installed and running after download, and ensure that users can uninstall all the applications they don’t want on their computers.”

Stopbadware has reported that the noises coming from AOL so far have been positive, hopefully by working together the two companies can eradicate the malware from all future AOL products. Check out the official report to see all of the problems AOL face and then pop into our forums to discuss your feelings on the whole situation.

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