Jeff Foxworthy Meets Spyware

By Deane Barker on January 5, 2005

Here’s something pretty funny. I was uninstalling some Web search spyware toolbar today. When you try to uninstall it, it pops up a little embedded Web page begging you not to kill it: “WAIT — do you know all the great benefits we provide…” etc.

I killed it anyway, and after it uninstalls, it pops another little Web page in the uninstall window with text ads for products. It’s apparently just gotta get that last ad impression. You know what the ads are for? Spyware removers. It’s like a Jeff Foxworthy redneck joke —

“If you’re providing contextual ads, and the only related subject you can come up with when someone is removing your product is ‘spyware removal,’ then you just might be be a piece of spyware.”



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