A coalition of software companies have agreed on standard methods for identifying and combating spyware, those unwelcome downloads that have plagued Internet users with pop-up ads and other annoyances.
The Anti-Spyware Coalition, whose members include Microsoft, Symantec, Computer Associates, McAfee, AOL and Yahoo, said on Thursday that it has finalized its spyware detection guidelines. The final version takes into account public comments on a proposed version introduced in October.
You can read more about The Anti-Spyware Coalition and their guidelines in their FAQ page. Smaller anti-spyware companies like Safer-Networking and Lavasoft are also included in the list. I just hope they won’t start charging fees.