Yahoo Plays Favorites

When it comes to blocking intrusive Internet software, Yahoo Inc.’s new Anti-Spy gives adware the benefit of the doubt.

The beta version of the spyware-fighting toolbar add-on, which Yahoo released last week, doesn’t default to detect adware—a category of software in which Yahoo’s paid search division has a financial stake.

Instead, users who want to identify adware in their systems via Anti-Spy must check a box each time they conduct a scan.

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This article is a eye-opener. I find it really interesting that Yahoo’s business represents 31% of Claria’s (the adware/spyware company formerly known as Gator) income. I think that this speaks volumes about Yahoo’s ethics, if nothing else.