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ShopAtHome.com

Posted by Bob Zenith on August 4, 2010

ShopAtHome.com is a coupon site offering coupons for download. The only way to access those coupons is through downloading a toolbar.

* The toolbar is infested with adware.
* The site is listed in hpHosts.
* The site has a fake McAfee Secure Seal.
* The toolbar’s download is listed as adware by 5 different anti-viruses.

I urge anyone reading this to leave a comment and rating on a reputation service, such as WOT, explaining this scam site.

Edit: there has been an ongoing discussion about this site (shopathome.com) on the WOT Forum. The McAfee Seal is now legitimate and clickable, and thus I have deleted my rating but kept my comment, because the toolbar is still adware. Personally, I hope the site never gets a trust seal, because IMO, it’s not a trustworthy site. So, it’s up to anyone reading this whether or not to rate red or green, or abstain, as I have done.

Edit (2): The above issues have been largely dealt with, and my opinion of the site is no longer poor. (In fact, now I’ve rated the site green)
See here: http://www.mywot.com/en/forum/7196-shopathome-com-wants-you (read the whole topic – especially the end)

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4 Responses to “ShopAtHome.com”

  1. Your opinions are clearly respected as evidenced by the responses on the WOT Forum.

    However, I’d like to address 2 items you post here:
    1) The toolbar is infested with Adware The nature of the toolbar is to alert the

    user of coupons and deal. This is the reason our customers download it – or uninstall it 🙂

    2) The only way to access those coupons is through downloading a toolbar This is a

    1/2 truth. Thousands of consumers that have opted out of the toolbar still use ShopAtHome.com

    to receive cash back from shopping at online stores.

    Is adware on an opt-in toolbar the reason you believe the site is not trustworthy?

    Privacy Policy

    Terms and Conditions

    FAQs

    • Is adware on an opt-in toolbar the reason you believe the site is not trustworthy?
      Yes.
      Personally, Adware is Adware whether or not it is opt-in or even is referenced in legal documents. Would a site be trustworthy if it sells a person’s information but says so in it’s privacy policy? I don’t think so.

      • There has been some closure to many of the concerns you’ve had regarding the Trustworthiness and Privacy Policy of ShopAtHome.com. Since your opinion of the site has changed, would you mind recapping your opinions to this forum?

        Many Regards,

        Chrysie Ready

  2. Thank you very much for sharing this. Please keep up the good work.

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