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‘Browzar’ Browser Loads Adware

Software has been launched that claims to increase privacy of a surfer but
it is criticized by computer experts and blogging community.

As people worry of being victimized by 'user profiling' and 'AOLesque data
spills', they would strongly welcome a Web browser created for protecting
privacy of the user. A new Internet browser 'Browzar' has been announced
as displaying the slogan - "Your private window on the web".

This new software would be a hot commodity in the market as it is supposed
to provide several facilities such as it requires no installation,
provides browsing history, stores files and does not need to save any
cookie to protect user privacy. Moreover, it is freeware and occupies only
246K of storage space.

However, everyone on the Internet apart from previous prominent sites soon
discovered that Browzar was nothing but a cheap program with adware that
didn't have declared features. In fact, 'Browzar' application has been
labeled as 'adware' because it leads web searches to online adverts. Also,
Browzar's claim that it leaves no trace of web pages visited, is not true,
for it shows clues of browsing history by leaving .html pages on IE
temporary folder. Nor does the software delete cookies.

It has been found that technically, too, Browzar is not a web browser.
Besides its feature to protect user privacy and cover the search history
of user, Browzar only works from people who share the former user's PC.
Browzar is designed to automatically remove user's cache, Net history.

Founder of Internet service provider - "Freeserve" and creator of Browzar,
Mr. Azad Ahmed strongly denied that the software is an adware. He told BBC
News website that people were misusing the term adware for 'Browzar'.
However, Browzar developers were assessing the feedback they have
received.

In short, there is a good demand for the software, as people like to feel
secure when they surf the Net. The above-expected prominence of Browzar
supports that fact and it is unfortunate that it got swollen raising false
hopes. In spite of it people hoped Browzar offered a simple way to secure
online privacy.

Related article: “Loopholes did not cause online banking thefts”: ICBC

» SPAMfighter News - 11-09-2006

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