A List Of Known Adware Bundled Programs

Dear Readers,

(Last Updated June 8, 2009 @ 8:07 pm EST)

Many of you may know the scruge of the adware bundled program and yes there are many programs that we use all the time. Some of which are free programs that come with some incredibly annoying bundled adware. That can cause all sorts of issues but as always knowledge is power so enjoy this comprehensive list I’ve gathered for your enjoyment and horror.

1. 123 Messenger

2. 180 Solution – Or ZANGO – Considered a Virus (AVOID)

3. 888bar (AVOID)

4. Adssite Toolbar (AVOID)

5. AVG 8.5 FREE Anti-Virus – Gives you a Choice to Install Gossiper Toolbar (SAFE)

6. BearshareInstalls WhenUsave or toolbar depends on version (Very Annoying)

7. Bonzi Buddy – Also know as interactive pet or Smart Search Engine helper (Very Annoying)

8. BSplayer – Installs WhenUsave Adware (Can be de-activated but it will always be there)

11. ClipGenie –Virus Downloader (Very Dangerous)

12. Comet Cursor – (Potential for issuesAvoid-)

13. Crazy Girls (Unsure But get flagged by Adware and Virus scans)

14. Cydoor – Downloads Ad’s And Very is Hard to get rid of (AVOID Can come bundled with P2P Programs like KAZAA)

15. Daemon ToolsSoftware comes bundled with the “Daemon Tools WhenUSave Toolbar” but can be unchecked during installation (Potential for issuesAvoid-)

16. Direct Revenue – Generates many files to cause computer error…considered Trojan Virus (Very Dangerous)

17. DivX – Adware only in older version before 5.1 (SAFE)

18. Dollar Revenue – Installs UCMore Toolbar and tracks Internet activity (Very Dangerous)

19. Ebates MoneyMaker (Potential for issuesAvoid-)

20. ErrorSafe – Know by many names—-Installs a trial ware program—Fakes scans to trick you into downloading from infected website. (Potential for issuesAvoid-)

21. Evernote(SAFE)

22. Enzula (Unsure But get flaged by Adware and Virus scans)

23. Hotbar – Virus (Potential for issuesAvoid-)

24. FlashGet – (Potential for issuesAvoid-)

25. GameSpy (SAFE)

24. Kazaa – Installs toolbar or WhenUsave depends on version (Can be de-activated but it will always be there)

25. LimeWire – (SAFE)

25. MP3 Rocket Installs Toolbar (SAFE)

26. Messenger Plus! Live – (Option to install sponsor. Not required.) (Potential for issuesAvoid-)

27. MSN Messenger – Displays Ads at the button (Random) (SAFE)

29. Mirar Toolbar (Unsure)

30. Oemji Toolbar (Unsure)

31. PornDigger! – P2P considered Adware by most adware programs (Potential for issuesAvoid-)

32. Smiley Central – also know as MyWay Searchbar (Unsure)

33. RealPlayer (SAFE)

35. VirusProtectPro – Displays Fake ERROR MESSAGES

36. WeatherBug – Displays weather info with random ads on the far bottom (NOT DANGEROUS)

40. WeatherEye – Displays weather Info With Ads on the far bottom (NOT DANGEROUS)

41. WhenU – Tracks Internet habits (Can be de-activated but it will always be there)

42. Windows Live Messenger – generates random ads (NOT DANGEROUS)

43. WinFixer – know by many names – Virus – Displays Fake Error messages and fake scan results (-Avoid-)

44. Winzixdownloads ads to hard-drive (-Avoid-)

47. Yahoo Messengers (SAFE)

48. Zango – Downloads Ads (Can be de-activated but it will always be there)

49. Zango Toolbar – Search engine helper with ads (Can be de-activated but it will always be there)

50. ZwinkyAvatar creator used with MySpace (Unsure)

Till My Next Post,

Se7en

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9 Responses to A List Of Known Adware Bundled Programs

  1. Mr Random says:

    Nice post, but it would be useful if you differentiated between how “dangerous” or not some of the adware is, since looking at the list there is some stuff on there which I wouldn’t be that bothered about and think is the price you pay for free software e.g. messenger ads, and stuff which is dangerous and to be avoided at all costs

  2. MorbidMe says:

    Great post 7, very helpful.
    I think you need to point out the differences between safe/”honest” programs like BearShare (latest versions) and RealPlayer to pure adware apps like Gator and Cydor.
    safe ones are the programs who include toolbars in the installation, but only as an offer and allow you to choose not to install it, and the “evil” programs are those who will falsely install a toolbar or an adware app without asking you and without giving you a chance to cancel/uninstall it.

    • Se7en says:

      Dear MorbidMe,

      All right I may need some help point out..all them…but I’ll give it ago with the information I have….

      Thanks for the comment,

      Se7en

  3. David says:

    If you don’t understand the terms of use don’t click There is often a fine line between malware spyware and adware. At one gamesite I encounterd a 5 page terms of use agreement that required a law degree to understand but in that 5 pages I found out what I needed to know:1. they use cookies collect data 2. They shared data with with other sites 3.They addmitted to redirecting your searches to help themselves and thier partners. keep in mind most people that visit free game web sites are kids. BE SAFE

    • Remy "Se7en" says:

      Dear David,

      You make a very good point. But there are way more ppl who don’t read the fine print..then the people that read it front to back.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Remy

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