from the coming-soon-to-a-downloaded-program-near-you dept
On Monday we posted a story about KaZaa installing a very annoying adware program when you install KaZaa on your computer. Salon is now looking at this concept of parasite-ware. Lots of companies that offer downloadable software are now teaming up with plug-in and other software makers to bundle them in their applications for a fee (for instance KaZaa gets 10 to 20 cents per download from the many plug in companies they’ve partnered with). It’s definitely an interesting business model for KaZaa – but it’s also one that seems to annoy and confuse their users (always a dangerous move). It seems that the trend is moving in the direction to have more and more of these hidden programs installed each time you download a piece of software.