MS Supports Adware

Today I help Ashley reformat her laptop. She was getting a ton of pop ups whenever she was online and no amount of spyware/adware tools was able to remove them. I had suspected that she has install some spyware into your laptop but instead of trying to find it I figure the best cure was a reformat. Besides, she was due for one anyway. Generally, I reformat all my comps every six months or so to remove all the junk that accumulates. I’ve gotten it to the point where I can do it blindfolded.

After the reformat, we went about re-installing all her programs one at a time to try to figure out which one had the spyware. Imagine my shock when it turned out to be MSN Plus! When installing MSN Plus, if you do not check “I don’t wish to support your sponsors” you will get adware installed that will pop up near full page ads almost every minute! Bad Microsoft! Very bad!

5 thoughts on “MS Supports Adware”

  1. Rosie says:

    Hey, I knew that about MSN Plus! I don’t use it though.

  2. John Chow says:

    Well, you knew about it but Ashley didn’t!

  3. Steve Gill says:

    Hey John – I have a daughter who appears to be around the same age as yours (based on the glimpse at her blog linked to in your article), and I had the same problem with her installing MSN Plus. What a pain.

    But as an aside, have you ever done any posts about getting teens to create and maintain a blog? 🙂
    I set my daughter up with a pretty good domain name where she blogs about a celebrity she likes. Sometimes getting her to post is like pulling teeth while other times it’s not too bad. (She does enjoy having the blog, but I’m using it as a teaching tool for her as much as anything else)

    However she’s actually get some decent traffic now so I’m trying to find ways to get her enthusiastic about more frequently posting. Maybe you’re daughter is more interested in writing than mine is, although my daughter certainly writes a lot of *something* on MSN, based on the constant clickity-clack of the keyboard I hear for hours on end. 🙂

    If her blog was earning lots of cash then that’d be one good incentive, but adsense ads don’t pay much for this specific niche (teen celebrities) and her primarily teen audience don’t have credit cards to buy any affiliate products.

    So if you’re ever looking for a topic to blog about – motivation and profit sources for teen bloggers might be a pretty good one!

    Great blog. Really really great! 🙂

  4. John Chow says:

    I haven’t done anything to get teens to create and maintain blogs, but some of my TTZ Media Network affiliates are barely out of their teens. They’re really amazing to work with and let’s me know that the future of our world is bright indeed.

    If you want to motivate your daughter, show her this site, It’s run by a 17 year old, still in high school. The site makes him $10,000 a month.

  5. Steve Gill says:

    Woah! That’s great cash and yet another indicator tech sites are good money makers.

    I noticed he used Mambo to design (and maintain) the site – yet another reason to get off the fence and finally figure out how to use Mambo/Joomla for my own website.

    Thanks for the info! I’ll pass it on to my daughter and see if it puts a fire under her. 🙂

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