Stop Badware : Spyware, Malware and Deceptive Adware

So you downloaded some cool software from the internet, and now your computer is slow, Pop-up advertising is common and unable to uninstall the software. Possibly you have badware on your computers – a term for spyware, malware, and deceptive adware. is an initiative to help you deal with all these badware. Harvard Law’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Oxford University’s Oxford Internet Institute are leading this effort with the support of several prominent tech companies, including Google, Lenovo, and Sun Microsystems. Consumer Reports WebWatch is serving as an unpaid special advisor.

What is
“ is a “Neighborhood Watch” campaign aimed at fighting badware. We will seek to provide reliable, objective information about downloadable applications in order to help consumers make better choices about what they download onto their computers. We aim to become a central clearinghouse for research on badware and the bad actors who spread it, and become a focal point for developing collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware.”

You can tell the story of your own Badware experience. Read the FAQ for more information.