The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), an alliance of security software companies, academics and consumers groups, finalized official definitions of spyware and released them on October 27. The document is available at the ASC web site. It includes a table of technologies used by spyware, adware, browser hijackers and other threats and unsolicited programs. This document is based on an exhaustive inquiry and rich experience of ASC members. It is dedicate to provide exact description, explanation, examples and other important facts about different parasite types. Authors took into consideration a summary of the almost 400 user comments.
ASC also published the first draft of the consensus Risk Model Description. This document explains the means used by anti-spyware vendors to determine whether or not particular software should be classified as spyware. It should help users to learn how spyware removers and security-related applications work. Risk Model Description is open for public comment until November 27, 2005. A final variant of the document is planned for 2006.
A list of current ASC members includes a lot of major Internet companies, software and hardware vendors such as Microsoft, Symantec, Computer Associates, McAfee, Sophos, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, AOL, etc.