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Speaking of spyware (see the Ask Jeeves entry),, a CNET owned downloading portal, announced that they will no longer be distributing programs associated with adware over their downloading service. claims to have started a zero-tolerance policy against downloads which include bundled adware packages. Yikes, there goes Looksmart’s business model!

From : When it comes to fighting unwanted adware and spyware, CNET has always been in your corner. During the past few years, we’ve brought you the best tools and tips in our Spyware Center, and we’ve maintained a strict policy toward adware by allowing only software that discloses advertising partnerships during installation.

This week, we’ve upped the ante: we’re launching a new zero-tolerance policy toward all bundled adware. That means every time you download software from, you can trust we’ve tested it and found it to be adware-free–period. (See how we test.)

Why are we taking this extra step? In your letters, user reviews, and polls, you told us bundled adware was unacceptable–no matter how harmless it might be. We want you to know what you’re getting when you download from CNET, and no other download site can promise you will.


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