We've recently taken a look at the Jessica Simpson Screensaver from teamtaylormade.com, and it isn't pretty. It claims to have 40 pictures of Ms. Simpson, and our research shows it has nearly as many bundled pieces of spyware- 15 or 16 all told (depending on the download). Only one of them is disclosed by the installer. The full report is, as usual, available from our reports page. If you're curious what a full-blown piece of badware looks like, we recommend taking a read.
We recently contacted the folks at Pretty Good Solitaire about old, mirrored copies of their Absolute Yukon Solitaire with attached and unannounced adware. While it certainly wasn't the worst thing we've ever seen (you should see what we'll be blogging about next week!) the old copies of Absolute Yukon were unpleasant and violated our Badware Guidelines. To our pleasant surprise, when we notified them, Goodsol promptly took down the old copy from the mirror site.
Bruce Schneier, security guru, has a great post this morning on 'who owns your computer.' It is a great summary of a lot of the issues we care about here at stopbadware.org, Harvard, and Oxford- who owns and controls your computer, not just via badware, but via other methods. Go take a read and share it with your friends and family.