So-Called Scumware, And What You Can Do About It


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Scumware has not gone away, so I am reprinti I wrote the following piece about so-called Scumware some time ago, when many responsible Internet Marketers were rightfully expressing their concerns too. Scumware has not gone away, so I am reprinting it to summarise those concerns and explain what you can do to try and put a stop to it.(Note: some of the programs/sites listed below may now have cleaned up their act, whilst other programs - not listed - may have taken their place.
Do visit at least one of the resourceslisted at the end of the piece to learn more about the currentscumware-situation.)--TopText, Surf+, Gator... so-called ScumwarePhew! These last few weeks have seen a lot of e-mails about the topic of so-called 'Scumware' - software that allows sites to advertise on *your* site without your say-so, and without any financial benefit to you.
Apologies if you've read too much about this already, but for those who have yet to read about 'Scumware' or want to know more about how to stop it, this piece is for you.Basically, if you own or operate a website, chances are many of your visitors are being "stolen" by your competitors even as I write this! It is possible RIGHT NOW that when a visitor visitsyour site, they can be shown banners, highlighted keywords, or other forms of paid advertisement, without your knowledge andwithout any benefit to you.How is this possible? Through the use of programs that have recently come to be known as "scumware".Programs such as Gator, TopText and Surf+ These programs use proprietary software to track web surfer's usage patterns AND YOUR site content and serve up ads they have sold to your competitors that display directly over - in the form of popups - or even directly ON - in the form of keywords hyperlinked to the other advertiser's sites - your website.Here are some quotes I've been reading from other concernedwebsite owners and e-mail publishers:* "has the potential to eat up your profits faster than anything else!"* "this is a blatant violation of copyright, pure unadulterated theft, and downright reprehensible behavior"* (etc.)The over-riding message is this:"Please make sure you read about 'Scumware' and do anything within your power to help stop it."I am writing this piece to alert the readers of [my newsletter]Promote! Promote! Promote!. I have stopped promoting Gator, and will not promote any site that uses this type of predatory advertising.To help you do 'something', here are some resources where you canlearn much more about this predatory advertising, why it'swrong, and what *you* can do about it:=> Learn more http://www.takebacktheweb.com/ http://www.scumware.com http://www.stopscum.com/http://dmoz.org/Society/Issues/Business/Allegedly_Unethical_Firms/Ezula/ (all 1 word)=> Talk to othershttp://GeekVillage.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12048http://GeekVillage.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12175http://www.ihelpyouservices.com/forums 415/s.htmlhttp://sitepointforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=32094http://gethighforums.com/Forum10/HTML/001386.htmlhttp://66.33.83.213/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12175http://slashdot.org/features/01/07/31/2015216.shtmlhttp://www.revenews.com/archives/00000139.html=> Prevent and/or curehttp://www.takebacktheweb.com/http://www.searchking.com/ezulakiller/http://www.whirlywiryweb.com/removesurfplus.htm http://www.ahfb2000.com/ezula/ezula.phpA new script that blocks Surf+ and TopText -http://developerdispatch.com/dispatch/devdis010.html=> Read the newshttp://associateprograms.com/search/newsletter173.shtmlhttp://www.msnbc.com/news/618966.asphttp://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-6897620.htmlhttp://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/01/08-toptext.htmlhttp://www.revenews.com/archives/00000138.htmlhttp://slashdot.org/features/01/07/31/2015216.shtml"Forget Smart Tags; TopText Is Doing What You Feared"http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/01/08-toptext.html=> Sign the petitionhttp://www.PetitionOnline.com optext/=> Just do something!http://www.scumware.com --So there you have it.
Predatory advertising in all its gory!If it all seems too much to absorb just visit one of the linksabove, and try and do your bit to halt this scourge on the Internet. Because, until this predatory advertising is stoppedor neutralised, you face the potential of losing your hard-earned visitors each and every day, with a simple click.
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