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Privacy tool bar is adware claim

Browzar in hot water
Mon Sep 04 2006, 08:13
A BROWSER which claims to allow increased web privacy, has been blasted as adware which cannot do what it says on the tin.

Browzar promises punters that it will leave no trail as users have a poke around the interweb. However according to computer experts, not only doesn't it work, but it also serves you up a ton of adverts.

Browzar is a free Internet Explorer shell and is currently in beta. The default home page, which cannot be changed is the Browzar search engine. When a user searches many of the results are for sponsored links or adverts from the ad serving outfit Overture.

According to Scott Hanselman, of Computer Zen, Browzer's ability to hide has been over stated too. He claims to have been able to find records of websites he had visited with the program installed.

Browzar is the brainchild of founder of Freeserve Ajaz Ahmed who denies his software is adware. He told the Beeb that like every search engine, Browzar has sponsored advertising and what is wrong with that?

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