Just found this site (Mobysaurus sent me), but am in love with it! Just 2 broke 2 donate, right now.
I've run into a brick wall while attempting to find anybody or any sites, besides one (I'll post the link in a moment), that has discovered what I have about the MyWOT add-on/toolbar!
1st a little history: I installed the add-on from Firefox, sometime in mid 2009. It seemed to work as advertised, especially when I was looking for reputable freeware & open-source software; I occasionally overrode a rating (and rated myself) for a site that I'd bookmarked and that I already trusted (I have continuously used Comodo Firewall, Spybot S&D, & AVAST for XP. I also use these safety & privacy add-ons: NoScript, AdBlocker Plus, Privacy Suite, and Track-Me-Not.).
MyWOT seemed okay, until a few months back, when I started getting BIG WARNING pop-ups on a bunch of the sites I visit regularly (libertarian/Civil Rights [i.e. Bill of Rights], US Sovereignty, natural & herbal remedies, etc. websites), more and more! So I started checking for the reasons why these sites started coming up "red flagged", but when I found that the actual POSTS/COMMENTS were anywhere from 20, 30, or even 50 to 1 FAVORABLE(!!), I smelled a rat and alarm bells started going off. On 4/26/2012, I posted a message to the MyWOT forum admins asking how was this possible and WHY would anyone be "RED Rating" sites for "VENDOR RELIABILITY" when they neither SOLD anything nor offered anything to DOWNLOAD(?!) AND for "CHILD SAFETY" when it might only be a BLOG!! All I got was a smarmy, supercilious answer from an ADMIN pointing me to their "WIKI" and saying that "some raters are more equal than others", yeah, like some "raters" ratings equal 200+ votes! AND the more they rate (personal experience NOT REQUIRED!) the MORE VOTE POINTS THEY ACCUMULATE!
I posted to Mozilla, to say that this add-on developer was violating Mozilla's OWN POLICY (look it up: AMO Developer's Policy), but after receiving no reply, I began researching MyWOT. Here's where it gets ugly:
I uninstalled the add-on on 4/26/2012, on 5/02 I found it hadn't completely uninstalled, so I used notepad++ to manually clean out the pref.js file, but I had also found this http://www.exposeascam.com/showthread.php?398-mywot.com-Unethical-Company-SCAM, but I'd been using Peerguardian2 for years, so on 5/15/2012 I just had PG2 search for the URL mentioned in the article, going back to March 2012 (had a meltdown in March; lost everything! ) and found UNAUTHORIZED OUTBOUND CONNECTIONS going to that URL (which every DNS lookup shows is for mywot.com!!
Of course I blocked it, but it WOULDN'T STAY BLOCKED!! I checked the next 2 days (re-block, check, re-block, check!), so I went and got Malwarebytes, installed and ran a scan: It found 1 HIJACKER program & registry entry and 2 hidden temp files all pointing to mywot! It cleaned it out, but guess what else? Other than that, my system is CLEAN AS A WHISTLE!
Here's the problem: I can't find anybody else (except a couple of Danish and Asian sites, who seem ticked off, but I can't tell why ) and 1 mention of a "blacklist" on robtex.com that seems to have found a problem! I can't find a search engine that isn't controlled by Google and they (and everybody else) seem to be using it as a "trust" vetter! Mozilla says, "No big deal!" even AFTER I told them it was transmitting whether the browser was OPEN OR NOT!!
Isn't this something users and people should know?
Totalitarianism AND Spyware, but it's "No big deal" . . .
Please, any advice would be helpful!
Thanks for your time.
Fight4FOI (Fight for a Free & Open Internet)