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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 website. For more information, visit www.stopbadware.org. See spyware, adware and wares.
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"Badware," "fansite," "webzine," "inbox," and "darknet" all made it, too.
And at press time, a software watch-dog group called StopBadware.org issued a warning to users that AOL's free client software displayed characteristics consistent with "badware." AOL claimed it is addressing the problems, which it described as minor and unmalicious.
The service from Google will warn users of its search engine about links to sites identified by the Stop Badware Coalition as harmful.
A new Web site established by experts at several top universities and sponsored by high-tech companies like Google and Sun Microsystems offers a suggestion: badware. The site, stopbadware.org, was created by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Oxford Internet Institute, and Consumer Reports Web Watch.
the "badware" problem--the plague of viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, adware, and similar applications that hurt business and consumers alike--has become so pervasive that three major technology companies, two universities, and a consumer's watchdog group have banded together in an attempt to deter these malicious software programs.
Meanwhile, in January 2006, an industry coalition launched a website--[http://www.stopbadware.org]--to gather data from consumers about their experiences with spyware and other "badware" programs.