Here’s one for the conspiracy theorists. Microsoft has
downgraded detection of the Claria adware application by its
anti-spyware software days after reports began
circulating that Redmond might buy the online marketing firm.
Under its former name Gator, Claria became synonymous with
pop-up web advertisements and spyware and Microsoft’s possible
purchase of the marketing outfit has raised eyebrows in the IT
If this is true, it boggles the mind.