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One in six respondents to a survey by Consumer Reports complained they had been victims of badware in 2003-04, spending $250, on average, to repair computer damage, or around $3.
We believe that we need to help the average person recognize badware.
The first new program on the Badware Watch List is FunCade, a gaming software application that comes bundled with BullsEye and NaviSearch, both adware programs.
If it is badware, there are likely to be reports about it (either from us or from other groups), which turn up in the search," he said.
Sometimes the differences between these two types of badware are small or nonexistent.
The first thing that we're attempting to do is create a clearinghouse based on the Web where people can come and tell their stories about their experiences with badware.