AOL Wild Tangent Spyware or Not?

Wild Tangent spyware or not ?

WeatherBug which comes with Wild Tangent spyware or not ?

Have you had any problems with Wild Tangent ?

Any info please.

Update:

AOL Wild Tangent is on a lot of computers when you buy them.

Update 2:

Have AOL overstepped the mark ?

Update 3:

AOL Instant Messenger license doesn't mention WildTangent why ?

Update 4:

If your using AOL Instant Messenger run spybot S&D your looking for Wild Tangent

Update 5:

Does AOL toolbar come with Wild Tangent ?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Have a look through these and you will be in no doubt.

    Wild Tangent is a data miner\, and adware. It also automatically updates itself.

    http://www.spywaredata.com/spyware/threat_list/Wil...

    This Add or Remove Programs entry corresponds to a program that is either malware, installs malware, or is bundled with malware.

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/uninstall/1614/Wil...

    The bundle is removed by the antispyware program Spybot - Search & Destroy, and it is in several Internet hosts files[2] used by many people to block rogue and criminal sites.[3] The antispyware program CounterSpy used to say that it's OK to keep WildTangent, but it now says that the spyware Winpipe is "possibly distributed with the adware bundler WildTangent or from a threat included in that bundler".

    http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?postid=207...

  • 1 decade ago

    WildTangent Removal Instructions and Help What is Wild Tangent?

    Wild Tangent is a video game software company specializing in online games. It has even made a partnership with AOL to include itself as part of the AOL Instant Messenger for their AIM games section. The WildTangent Web Driver is their technology that allows you to play 3D games over the Internet. Although its not technically considered spyware it does have built in components to update itself and gather information about the computer system including

    * Operating System Version

    * CPU Type and Speed

    * Memory Amount

    * Video Card type and Driver Version

    * Sound Card type and Driver Version

    * DirectX Version

    * Location that the Web Driver was installed from

    How do I Remove WildTangent http://www.pchell.com/support/wildtangent.shtml

  • 3 years ago

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  • cotojo
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    As Frank R has said, technically it is not spyware, but it does have built in components to update itself and gather information about the computer system.

    The vendor's write-up about the information WildTangent collects: "We collect certain system configuration information through our software such as your computer's CPU speed, video card configuration, and DirectX version. We use this information to adjust the way our games and other software work in order to ensure their best possible performance. We also collect certain product usage information through our software such as the number of product launches and time spent playing a product.

    So, If you don't mind software calling home then it isn't spyware, and if you do mind, then it is.

    AOL incorporated it into AOL Instant Messenger for their AIM games section but many AOL users find that they get excessive popups which is caused by Wild Tangent and are advised to remove it:

    www.pchell.com/downloads/WTRemover.exe

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Stay as far away from Wild Tangent as you possibly can or you will have more spyware than you ever thought was imaginable.

    It's terrible to remove later on too.

  • Amy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    WildTangent asserts that the software bundle is safe, but many antispyware programs classify it as adware/spyware, mainly because it reports activity and games played to WildTangent servers, such as number of times played, length of time played and machine specifications, such as OS version, processor speed, RAM, and DirectX version in order to more finely tune games and services to casual gamers. WildTangent is preinstalled on Toshiba, Dell, Gateway, Compaq, and HP computers. The bundle is removed by the antispyware program Spybot - Search & Destroy, and it is in several Internet hosts files used by many people to block rogue and criminal sites. The antispyware program CounterSpy used to say that it's OK to keep WildTangent, but it now says that the spyware Winpipe is "possibly distributed with the adware bundler WildTangent or from a threat included in that bundler. I would not use it.. but it is up to you... there are plenty of other ways to game. Good Luck

  • 1 decade ago

    Short answer No. Wild Tangent not technically considered spyware . Long answer maybe, since it does collect some information about your system I guess it's up to you to decide if that's information you would not want to get out. Go to this link and make up your own mind

    http://www.pchell.com/support/wildtangent.shtml

  • 1 decade ago

    Spyware by definition ie collecting information from you

  • 1 decade ago

    Everything i've read points in the direction of spyware and it should be removed.,

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    spyware

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