Saturday, January 27, 2007

I HATE DEALIO

You always think bad things never happen to you, only to the ones next door. Naturally I got a shock today when I opened my IE7 and found that an additional ad-filled toolbar had installed itself.. This time it was a toolbar called Dealio that had gotten snuck past my F-Secure and infested my system with it's ads..."No Spyware" it claimed..yeah right - I always believe what uninvited virus-like programs tells me...
When will makes of malicious software like Dealio (and companies advertising through them) learn that it's just not cool?! I suppose it could be a good idea to make an online blacklist of companies buying adspace in malicious software - perhaps that would teach them a lesson...But then again, a part of me just feels like the best solution might be to leave the culprits to the justice system - and hope the judge has had his PC infected recently....Nothing says "please stop coding adware" like 20-30 years of hard labor :-)
Surprisingly Dealio seemed easy to uninstall....almost too easy..I wonder what I've gotten myself into - it certainly doesn't seem like F-Secure will be any help in keeping the evil-doers out. After I uninstalled I was sent to www.dealio.com where I got to fill out a survey of how well I liked Dealio - these guys really have some nerve!

4 comments:

Graffen said...

This is why a good antivirus isn't enough. You need a decent spy- and adware blocker also. I've also come across IE plugins that warn you every time a BHO (Browser Helper Object) is being installed so you have a chance to say "no thanks".

Try running ad-aware or other adware/spyware detectors and see how much they come up with. Sometimes it's pretty alarming ;-)

Allan Thræn said...

Ad-aware didn't catch it.

Anonymous said...

Kindly help me with uninstalling dealio.....its crazy..Iam not able to do it with its"uninstall " options . Also it doesnt show up in add/remove programs . Please help..

Anonymous said...

Was looking for a way to uninstall Dealio and found this page on their site: http://www.dealio.com/help/uninstall-dealio-toolbar.html No problems uninstalling here.