Smiley Central???

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Does anyone have any info on Smiley Central, spyware, adware, bots, etc? Is it safe to download? I don't want to get something on my computer that I have a difficult time getting off. Am I being naive? Thanks,

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It sounded like crap with just the title.

If it came from an ad at the side or top of a page, then it's no question. Run away at all costs.

And trust those "hunches". They're usually right.
 

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Courtesy of pchell.......

What is Smiley Central?

Smiley Central is an Internet Explorer plugin that allows you to add numerous smiley faces to your email or instant messages. It is part of the Fun Web Products suite of utilities such as Cursor Mania, My Mail Stationary, My Mail Signature, PopSwatter, Popular Screensavers, and the My Way website portal.

Although none of these products claim to be spyware, they do slow your computer down. All of the products use cookies to track usage, although they claim not to use cookies or anything else to track personally identifiable information. That being said, I would still recommend uninstalling the SmileyCentral software and other Fun Web Products if you feel your computer runs better without them. They are found by many spyware removal tools such as Spybot Search and Destroy, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, although they are deemed spyware safe by Aluria Software who created a Spyware SAFE Certification.
 

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teengeekgrrl said:
It sounded like crap with just the title.

If it came from an ad at the side or top of a page, then it's no question. Run away at all costs.

And trust those "hunches". They're usually right.
Cool! Thank you! :D
 

xico

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telecom69 said:
Courtesy of pchell.......

What is Smiley Central?

Smiley Central is an Internet Explorer plugin that allows you to add numerous smiley faces to your email or instant messages. It is part of the Fun Web Products suite of utilities such as Cursor Mania, My Mail Stationary, My Mail Signature, PopSwatter, Popular Screensavers, and the My Way website portal.

Although none of these products claim to be spyware, they do slow your computer down. All of the products use cookies to track usage, although they claim not to use cookies or anything else to track personally identifiable information. That being said, I would still recommend uninstalling the SmileyCentral software and other Fun Web Products if you feel your computer runs better without them. They are found by many spyware removal tools such as Spybot Search and Destroy, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, although they are deemed spyware safe by Aluria Software who created a Spyware SAFE Certification.
Thank you, Telecom69! The ad says there's no spyware, but that is probably a matter of definition. I might have to try it to see if it slows the puter down. Interesting. Thanks a lot! (y) :D
 

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the smiley central software itself doesn't contain any adware or spyware so technically they are correct in their claim BUT it bundles mywebsearch with it and won't work when mywebsearch is removed or disabled
 

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dvk01 said:
the smiley central software itself doesn't contain any adware or spyware so technically they are correct in their claim BUT it bundles mywebsearch with it and won't work when mywebsearch is removed or disabled
Aha! That's the catch! Thanks dvko1! (y)
 
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