Alexa Data Minor

  fsbb 23:24 12 Feb 05

Just started using Adaware. The following 'Alexa' was picked up by Adaware scan and tagged as critical. Alexa was found 17 times in various registry keys. Should I allow Adaware to remove Alexa?

Category:Data Miner
Object Type:RegValue
Size:18 Bytes
Location:...\extensions\{c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} "MenuText"
Last Activity:12-02-2005
Risk Level:Low
TAC index:5
Description:Installed with Internet Explorer and some Microsoft updates. Alexa is the "What's Related links" feature on your Internet Explorer toolbar. Alexa technology uses a 'web crawler' (bot) only when the toolbar is in use.

  SANTOS7 23:30 12 Feb 05

anything that adaware finds you should feel safe in deleteing, it is a tool set up to scan nafarious objects on your pc RE. spyware, and of course data miners. data miner

(n.) A software application that monitors and/or analyzes the activities of a computer, and subsequently its user, of the purpose of collecting information that typically will be used for marketing purposes. The two most common forms of data miners are data mining programs that an organization uses to analyze its own data to look for significant patterns, and spyware programs that are uploaded to a user’s computer to monitor the user’s activity and send the data back to the organization, typically so that the organization can send the user targeted advertising

  VoG II 23:31 12 Feb 05

Alexa isn't particularly nasty but I would let Ad-aware delete it.

  fsbb 08:28 13 Feb 05

Thanks for replies.

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