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Adware turns a tidy profit for those who sneak it into downloads

Katherine Noyes | Aug. 9, 2016
Perpetrators are deliberately evading protections, say researchers from Google and NYU.

The presence of a consent form allows these "stowaway software" businesses to operate legally, but what they thrust on users treads a fine line between unwanted software and malware, McCoy said. "We're hoping to expose these business practices so people are less likely to get duped into flooding their computers with programs they never wanted."

The researchers' paper, titled "Investigating Commercial Pay-Per-Install and the Distribution of Unwanted Software," will be presented at the USENIX Security Symposium in Austin, Texas, later this week.


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