Zedo is not spyware or malware

User avatar
samkam
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:44 am

Zedo is not spyware or malware

Post by samkam » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:44 am

Hi,
Hi, I work for ZEDO and would like to provide everyone some information to clarify Zedo's role here. People are misinformed and it's not their fault. I request everyone to please understand how ZEDO technology works before falsely assuming that ZEDO engages in promoting malware. This couldn't be farther from reality. ZEDO is an Ad Serving Technology provider, not a malware company. Please leave a comment on my profile or reply on this forum so that I can give you the information you need.

User avatar
chazsm
Posts: 69
Joined: Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:49 am

Re: Zedo is not spyware or malware

Post by chazsm » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:04 am

Why do so many users on a variety of different forums complain about it being spyware?

User avatar
samkam
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:44 am

Re: Zedo is not spyware or malware

Post by samkam » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:02 am

Hi Chazsm,
ZEDO is a technology company that provides an ad serving system to websites, advertisers and advertising agencies. We are just the medium for advertisers to buy ad space and publishers to display the ads, using the ZEDO technology. We try very hard to prevent malicious ads / advertisers using our technology and we also encourage users to tell us if they see a malicious ad attached to the ZEDO code. Please go through this link: http://www.zedo.com/company/anti-spyware.htm

Legitimate advertisers cannot be prevented from advertising, by law. When a user sees an ad, it is assumed to be malicious, which is not the true in 9 out of 10 cases. It's when an advertiser sneaks in a foul ad where things get difficult. We verify the urls given to us and if they are legit, we run them, but an advertiser can always route the url to a malicious ad at a later stage without us knowing about it.

A user see ZEDO as the name attached to such malicious ads and falsely assumes that we are the ones promoting it.

I can safely say that we care about user experience and are always striving towards preventing malware and spyware.

Hope this explains it a little. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

demonluo
Posts: 695
Joined: Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:21 pm

9/10 ads r scam/infected, so

Post by demonluo » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:48 pm

9/10 ads r scam/infected, so they r useless/harmful/annoying & deserve to be blocked/rated poorly & there r billions of them so there's no way in the *peep* hell we can report each one of them w/o been infected 1st unless everyone using something like SB(sandbox)/VM(virtualmachine) & so on...
Platinum Level Member of the WOT Community

User avatar
░▒▓█
Posts: 444
Joined: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:58 pm

Most complaints are that

Post by ░▒▓█ » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:15 pm

Most complaints are that Zedo uses tracking cookies. Well, it is an ad network! This is how ad networks run and measure metrics. Ads are what allow most web sites to produce content!

They have a BBB rating of A, http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/computer-business-services/zedo-in-san-francisco-ca-195523

If you do not like ads or do not want tracking cookies then there are plenty of plugins like AdBlock. But I can see nothing malicious with Zedo.


User avatar
c۞g
Posts: 10927
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:02 am

hpHosts

Post by c۞g » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:11 pm

hpHosts has Zedo classified as Adware (tracking) which is correct.
there is also an entry for EMD - Malware most likely due to the entry found on Clean-MX, dated 16 September, 2009 whis is now dead / closed

This would not constitute a comment category of "Malicious Content" but could fall into the "Spyware / Adware" or even "Ethical issues" categories

User avatar
░▒▓█
Posts: 444
Joined: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:58 pm

Some comparisons, zedo.com

Post by ░▒▓█ » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:36 pm

Some comparisons,
zedo.com 44 / 44 / 41 / 40
doubleclick.net 52 / 59 / 46 / 62
yieldmanager.com 32 / 33 / 32 / 33
WOT ranks these ad networks quite poorly, Zedo is about average.

User avatar
c۞g
Posts: 10927
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:02 am

samkam

Post by c۞g » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:43 pm

Welcome to WOT Forum

First, WOT is not solely used for identification of Spam/Phish/Malware; it is a website reputation tool based upon user's experiences. Coincidentally a spam, Phishing, or Malware site would not present a comfortable user experience, so they are rated appropriately. Ratings are private and done by secret ballot - I do not know which sites you've rated or how and you do not know of mine. Comments are a means to express an opinion, they do not necessarily reflect how the person leaving the comment rated the website and they certainly have no effect on the website's rating. With that said...

Many online advertising servers get a bad reputation because they leniently accept "clients" for the sole purpose of increasing their revenue. As long as the client pays for the allocation; who cares what is advertised. So people will associate the ad server as being in cahoots with the product delivered in the ad. The other thing that gets as servers into the poor reputation ratings is how they serve their ads. Pop-up, pop-under, redirect... it's all very annoying.

Legitimate advertisers cannot be prevented from advertising, by law.
Exactly which law would this be and what is the geographical jurisdiction? The Internet is global for example, you are posting on a forum whose controlling company is located in Finland

Advertisers may have a right to advertise, but the advertisement has no right to issue a new window, force a user to enable JavaScript or other non-essential web-ware, require/request any form of PII even if it's just a simple email address (because the user's IP combined with an email address constitutes PII)

I personally have never rated zedo.com or any of it's sub domains or IPs that I am aware of. Checking Spam lists, I do not find references for: zedo.com, gandolf.zedo.com or 64.41.197.46; though Zedo has shifted most all of it's MX to point to Google mail servers.

Zedo's reputation appears to be based by people having experience of it's advertising methods...

User avatar
░▒▓█
Posts: 444
Joined: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:58 pm

I think most of the concern

Post by ░▒▓█ » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:59 pm

I think most of the concern I have seen is about tracking cookies.
Many antimalware products, even those from "legitimate" vendors flag up tracking cookies in a way that many users confuse for viruses. Then they post that zedo or doubleclick or yieldmanager has given them a virus which leads to a false understanding.

Perhaps zedo.com has had problems in the past, but I think all ad networks have. It does not seem to be an evil network.

Guest

Re: Zedo is not spyware or malware

Post by Guest » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:18 pm

This site is secure, Analysis of: Norton Safe Web, Google Safe Browsing, Web Security Guard, and Browser Defender, not have noted Malware:
http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=zedo.com
http://safebrowsing.clients.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?client=Firefox&hl=en-GB&site=http://www.zedo.com/
http://www.websecurityguard.com/it/detail.aspx?domain=zedo.com
http://www.browserdefender.com/site/zedo.com/.
McAfee SiteAdvisor: didn't find any significant problems, only a problem with the analysis of users,
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/zedo.com.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 3 guests