(1) Displays ad banners or other types of advertising material during its runtimeSoftpedia reports that Comodo Internet Security strikes out on numbers 2, 3 and 4. Number 4, is the reason I stopped recommending Comodo firewall a year ago when the Comodo SafeSurf toolbar included the Ask Toolbar. Stefan Fintea, the Softpedia Software News Editor, explains:
(2) Attempts to change the homepage for web browsers installed on the system
(3) Attempts to change the default search engine for web browsers installed on the system
(4) Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function
(5) At program startup/shutdown , opens web pages featuring advertising or similar income generating content
(6) Creates desktop or start menu shortcuts for items unrelated to the program's functionality
"Aside from the fact that SafeSurf is a component that the program (CIS) does not require to fully function, therefore it alone would be a good reason to mark CIS as adware, this utility also installs Ask Toolbar without asking for the user’s permission. This type of behavior is clearly not the one described in the Comodo email and could be easily classified as spyware (since adware would imply prior user consent)."For background on Ask toolbar issues see Edelman on 'Deceptive Door Openers' and Ask toolbars.
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- Edelman on 'Deceptive Door Openers' and Ask toolbars
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