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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1279 Google study shows unwanted software worse than malware
In a year-long study in conjunction with New York University, researchers at Google found that unwanted software unwittingly downloaded as part of a bundle to be a larger problem for users than malware. Google Safe Browsing currently generates three times as many Unwanted Software (UwS) warnings than malware warnings, over 60 million per week.

The study found that the pay-per-install (PPI) scheme, whereby a company succeeds in monetizing end user access by paying $0.10 to $1.50 every time their software in installed on a new device, to be the primary source of unwanted software proliferation. To get a payout from a commercial PPI organization, companies bundle regular software with unwanted software, which is then unwittingly downloaded by the user.
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#1279 Google study shows unwanted software worse than malware
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