Maybe someone, someday will be able to explain to me why OpenCandy is worse than Google/Bing/etc toolbar.
There are times when background scanning may be excused. One example would be to check that the required correct version of a browser or something like .NET was already installed. But even then, obtaining the owner's ok would be preferable before it took any action.
Anything that scans for information not related to the operational software being installed
- which it then reports back somewhere without first asking for the user's approval - fits the generally accepted definition of what constitutes spyware.
@Eóin - can't help but notice you seem to be willing excuse something wrong (or maybe just think Oh well...
) because other people are doing similar things. Do I understand you correctly in that? Reason I ask is because the old "You're Another" argument may bring an accuser's bona fides
into question. But it still doesn't answer to the accusation itself. And in that little virtual reality I call "my head," it doesn't matter a dollop how many people may or may not be doing something. Because I refuse base my
definition of what constitutes "acceptable behavior" as being little more than a function of the numbers of people
or entities participating in that behavior.
I'm not that
Might does not
make right - even if it does get results.