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#1 ronster

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 11:02 PM

I have heard different opinions on this one. Does weatherbug come with spyware?? also, i know it has adware in it, but does anyone know of an alternative that doesn't come with adware or spyware??

Any alternatives would be great. i have a friend that has weatherbug, and i have the one from weather.com. both have adware in them and would like another solution if available.

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 02:30 AM

Greetings ronster
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Posted 04 April 2005 - 03:25 PM

An adware free alternative Weather Watcher


I also recommend Weather Watcher. A great program with no spy/adware. Been using it for a long time.

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#4 weatherbugjay

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 08:00 AM

WEATHERBUG IS NOT SPYWARE
[quote name='ronster' date='Mar 31 2005, 12:02 AM']
I have heard different opinions on this one. Does weatherbug come with spyware?? also, i know it has adware in it, but does anyone know of an alternative that doesn't come with adware or spyware??

Any alternatives would be great. i have a friend that has weatherbug, and i have the one from weather.com. both have adware in them and would like another solution if available.


WeatherBug is absolutely not spyware. IF your definition of adware is "anything with ads"- then we, Weather Channel, Accuweather, AIM, Yahoo messenger and lots of other stuff would be- but the definition of adware most of the big spyware detectors use is "programs that serve ads based on where you surf"- which is why Gator and WhenU are classic adware- you go to Expedia.com and presto- you get a pop up ad for orbitz.com

WeatherBug serves NO pop ads and we don't serve ads based on your surfing- you get to even choose from among a group of sponsors.

Our formal spyware policy can be found at: http://www.weatherbu...faq_spyware.htm
where you can view our certification from TRUSTe, one of the most trusted names in the software privacy field. In addition, you can find free downloads to what we believe are some of the most effective anti-spyware detection programs, as part of our commitment to end spyware.

For the record, spyware tracks web surfing activity and sometimes reads what is on the user’s hard drive. WeatherBug is not capable of tracking your overall web use or deciphering anything on your hard drive.

WeatherBug owns and operates the world’s largest network of weather stations and is one of the top 10 Internet properties in daily reach according to Media Metrix.

Our data is:
- viewed by over 80 million households a month, both on-line and off-line
- accessible to The Department Homeland Security for live, real-time plume modeling and weather data, in the event of an attack on our country,
- used by emergency managers in assessing the impact of current weather conditions on hazardous situations and natural disasters,
- in over 7,000 schools across the U.S., helping teaching math, science and geography, along with our WeatherBug curriculum which won a Smithsonian Laureate for our CEO a few years ago
- used by meteorologists at over 100 TV stations to bring “neighborhood” weather forecasts and conditions to communities every day, and
- available to over 61 million registered WeatherBug users at home or work.

If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to email me at jay@weatherbug.com
Thanks
Jay Hoffman, Manager, WeatherBug customer support

#5 Trilobite

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 09:46 AM

To quote Mike:

An eTrust seal is meaningless. All it means is that they have a privacy policy, not that the privacy policy is an acceptable one.

Weatherbug bundles other software, some of which is adware, spyware or foistware. I believe some versions of the program itself are adware. I'm not sure about the current version.

I would go with a spyware/adware free alternative. I definitely would not want Weatherbug on my system.

Edited by Trilobite, 05 April 2005 - 09:49 AM.


#6 LostAccount

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 11:09 AM

I would say it's up to the user to decide whether that stuff is adware or not.
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#7 ErikAlbert

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 06:58 AM

weatherbugjay,
Too late man, I already installed "Weather Watcher", which is a very good one, even for a small country like Belgium and WITHOUT adware/spyware.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 06:06 PM

I wouldn't want any program on my computer that even previously had spyware on it.

Gator used to be bundled with Weatherbug.

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#9 wreck

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 03:35 PM

The WeatherBug conundrum is what brought me to SWI a few years back!! I found WeatherWatcher back then and have recommended it here many times. I am still using WeatherWatcher because I really like and respect the creator Mike Singer. I have given WeatherBug another try again every now and then and in fact it is better than before and I believe it is indeed spyware free. It is also more localized than WeatherWatcher and updates more frequently. That said -- WeaterBug is really annoying. I do not begrudge them having built in ads, but I HATE having to re-select a sponsor each month and then get annoying e-mails about them. I also seem to get a flurry of related e-mails about that time as well. Suggestion to WeatherBug: select the ads built in and leave my interaction out of it!
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#10 weatherbugjay

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 08:57 AM

I do not begrudge them having built in ads, but I HATE having to re-select a sponsor each month and then get annoying e-mails about them. I also seem to get a flurry of related e-mails about that time as well. Suggestion to WeatherBug: select the ads built in and leave my interaction out of it!

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I appreciate the comments- we do have a sponsor select program that lets you choose which main ad you're going to see for the month- we have found that our users (21 million a month- unique) like this far better than us just randomly serving them ads that may not have any interest to them- if I'm a guy the last thing I want 21 days a month is a wrap for makeup, or if I'm not over 55, why do I want an AARP wrap? this way at least you get to choose- you CAN click out of the option (click twice) but then you're just going to get a random sponsor- so you may get beauty and skincare sponsors as a guy, which I personally don't really want.

You can easily opt out of any emails from us- all our emails have a VALID unsubscribe link- or just click the HELP button on top of WeatherBug and send a support request form with your address and we'll do it for you. We reply to almsot every case in less than 24 hours, 7 days a week.
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#11 ErikAlbert

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 02:47 PM

weatherbugjay,
Firstly you must ask : Do you want a sponsor or NOT ?
Secondly you must ask : Do you want emails or NOT ?

If the answer is NO on both questions, WeatherBug has to work without sponsor and without emails.

If the answer is YES, you give the opportunity to the users :
- to choose which sponsor, they want to see and/or
- to choose which emails, they want to receive.

Ask first what users want and then give them what they want.
In real life they call it "politeness".

"Weather Watcher" works without brainwashing users and gives nothing but weather information.
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#12 Trilobite

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 03:55 PM

:rolleyes:
weatherbugjay, thanks for confirming that your software (weatherbug) does indeed contain adware, including by your own admission, some that you "personally don't really want". Your clarification makes my opinion even stronger:

I would go with a spyware/adware free alternative.  I definitely would not want Weatherbug on my system.

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And you chose this forum to promote this software? :scratchhead:

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Edited by Trilobite, 19 May 2005 - 03:58 PM.


#13 wreck

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 05:36 PM

Trilobite, there is nothing wrong with admitting it has adware. Many, many applications do so (upfront) in lieu of charging a fee. Having spyware is a whole other matter. WeatherBug is a superior application, but ads are the price you must pay. Personally, I prefer to use ad-free and spyware-free WeatherWatcher, but there is nothing wrong in WeatherBugJay coming on and defending his application against spyware claims. At least they are upfront about it.
(just my humble opinion)
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