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+ - New site tracks AVG LinkScanner fiasco->

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Everyman writes "A new website, www.avg-watch.org, was started less than a week ago to track the LinkScanner hits from AVG Technologies. This new version of AVG anti-virus software has seen over 20 million downloads of the free "lite" version in the last month. It installs on XP or Vista, and attaches a toolbar to FireFox and/or Explorer. When you do a search on Google, Yahoo, or Live.com, it prefetches every link shown by these search engines. It does this merely to turn a gray check next to the link to a green check or a red check. Perhaps grandma got a new computer for Christmas and feels good about this pointless mass prefetch. But webmasters around the world don't like the extra traffic. On some sites, the homepage traffic has increased by somewhere between 10 and 25 times the usual rate. These prefetches happen even when grandma has no intention of clicking on any link, and except for images, it prefetches the entire page."
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