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MSN SmartTags Browser Plug-in Information

Name: MSN SmartTags
Category: Browser Plug-in
Advice: Remove
Risk: Moderate Risk Moderate threats may profile users online habits or broadcast data back to a server with 'opt-out' permission. In most cases this type of threat is more along the lines of commercial type adware that offer a premium service in exchange for tracking your user online performance.
Description: MSN Smart Tags allow the redirection based on keywords to Microsofts web site.

See the following ZDnet article for more information:

"SMART TAGS ARE A NEW FEATURE in Office XP that associates an Office document with other resources. It is very much like a hyperlink, except Smart Tags can link you to applications or information other than what resides on another Web page.

Some Smart Tags offer help with commonly used application features while others look at the content of the document and offer a specific function when it finds the sort of information it knows about."

Type: Browser Plug-in - Adware is generally software that displays advertisements. Some advertisers may covertly install adware on your system and generate a stream of unsolicited advertisements that can clutter your desktop and affect your productivity. The advertisements may also contain pornographic or other material that you might find inappropriate. The extra processing required to track you or to display advertisements can tax your computer and hurt your system performance.

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