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Exeem drops adware after criticism

Exeem, a file-sharing software network based on the BitTorrent technology, released a new version of its software this week with adware stripped out, along with several other enhancements.

The software, which is backed by the creators of what was once one of the largest file-swapping hubs on the Web, SuprNova, has fallen short of some initial expectations of popularity. File-swappers had criticized the decision to distribute advertising tools Cydoor and Looksmart along with the software.

Exeem is owned by a company called Swarm Systems, about which little is known other than that it is based on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis, and that its developers are scattered around the world.