Yahoo adds antispyware service to toolbar

Thursday, 27 May 2004, 5:08 PM EST

Yahoo Inc. began testing a new antispyware feature on its toolbar Thursday, allowing users to scan for and delete the small software applications often responsible for displaying pop-up ads, redirecting search results and changing the user's homepage, among other unwanted functions.

Anti-Spy for Yahoo Toolbar is currently in beta and available to some Yahoo users, with plans to further roll it out later this year, according to a company spokeswoman. The service allows users to identify potentially unwanted software, and then decide whether they want to disable, remove, ignore or keep the files, Yahoo said.

By Scarlet Pruitt at IDG News Service

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