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NEWS - February 14, 2008

Critiquing C-NetMedia's Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices

Ben Edelman examines anti-spyware software from C-NetMedia:

"I show deceptive advertising for C-Net's products, including product names, ad text, and web site designs that falsely suggest affiliation with security industry leaders. I examine C-Net's use of many disjoint product names -- preventing consumers from easily learning more about C-Net, its reputation, and its practices. I analyze C-Net's high-pressure sales tactics, including false positives, which overstate the urgency of paying for an upgraded version."

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