Kids, Cartoons and Adware

Are screensavers really a problem? Asks a siteadvisor blog entry, and according to their results, they are, big time.

We counted 318 children?s television programs currently airing on English language networks in the United States. We decided to search for screensavers for each of these shows to see how risky it is to put a Rugrat, a Powerpuff Girl or a Flintstone on a desktop.

Each of the three aforementioned programs all returned 50% or more risky sites on Google’s first page of search results. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A staggering 85% of all kids TV show screensavers searches returned at least one dangerous site on the first page. 20% of all shows returned search results where half or more of the sites were risky. A child or parent who searches for a Gilmore Girl or Kenny the Shark screensaver and clicks randomly on the results has a 60% chance of landing at a risky site.

The Power Rangers were number one with 81.8% of sites in the results leading to sites with red links and yellow links.

Some adults may take the time to learn about these programs. But children are especially vulnerable to blindly clicking yes at each prompt & then the family PC is infected with adware and worse.

And thats how lots of adware gets on pcs at home, kids don;t know any better and blindly click yes to prompts that pop up, just because they want whatever they were searching for.

This article references an article that I wrote at Realtechnews.com called Warner Bros Partners with 180Solutions, that I followed up at Revenews.com called More on WarnerBros and 180Solutions. One of these years, we may be able to get rid of adware and spyware, if more merchants, like WarnerBros, will end their relationship with them.