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badware

Software, such as spyware and adware, that has been deceptively installed in the user's computer. Although it may also be called "malware," badware is not designed to deliberately destroy data or compromise a system as is a virus or Trojan. However, badware can slow down a computer while monitoring and reporting a user's habits to a third-party Web site. For more information, visit www.stopbadware.org. See spyware, adware and wares.
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The sheer size of the badware problem makes this site particularly timely and useful, and thus A Site to See this month.
The Internet is a complex ecosystem, and it's up to all of us to help make it more resistant and resilient to threats like badware," said Maxim Weinstein, executive director of StopBadware.
Nonprofit anti-malware organization StopBadware announced today the release of its first State of Badware report.
Founded in 2006, StopBadware provides tools and resources that help website owners, Web hosting providers, end users, and URL blacklist operators fulfill their respective roles in defending the Web against badware.