Yahoo adds antispyware service to toolbar

Yahoo began testing a new antispyware feature on its toolbar Thursday, allowing users to scan for and delete the small software applications often responsible for displaying pop-up ads, redirecting search results and changing the user's homepage, among other unwanted functions.

Anti-Spy for Yahoo Toolbar is currently in beta and available to some Yahoo users, with plans to further roll it out later this year, according to a company spokeswoman. The service allows users to identify potentially unwanted software, and then decide whether they want to disable, remove, ignore or keep the files, Yahoo said.

The service is being provided by third-party software provider PestPatrol Inc., based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and comes amid increased calls to crack down on the Internet menace.

Industry players like America Online Inc. (AOL), for example, have recently bolstered their services with antispyware tools. AOL added spyware protection to its new AOL 9.0 Optimized Internet access software launched earlier this year. What's more, the U.S. Senate has been considering a bill, dubbed Software Principles Yielding Better Levels of Consumer Knowledge (SPYBLOCK), which seeks to prohibit installing software on a user's computer without notice and consent.

Yahoo's offering is aimed at shoring up its own security portfolio, and will be available to users who download the company's free toolbar, which also includes Internet search tools, a pop-up ad blocker, bookmarks and other customizable services.

In conjunction with the antispyware tool, the Sunnyvale, California, company also launched a spyware forum on its portal, which lets users share information on spyware threats and trends.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Scarlet Pruitt

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?