Earlier this week, the big story was the launch of a new “safe” browser called Browzar, which InfoWorld called it “the latest participant in a crowded Internet search market.”
Broszar promises that web surfing will be anonymous by disabling cookies, history, auto-sets, etc. The story was widespread, including articles by BBC, CNET, Slashdot, and Digg, among others. We even wrote about it at Trapcrunch UK.
There were initial suspicions raised that this is a simple reduced version of IE with offending functionality turned off, and therefore nothing special. But none of the above publications has done enough research on the product to realize that Browser is not really an exciting product from a security point of view, but that the “browser” goes a long way to force users to click on Overture ads with a constant redirecting them to search advertising pages served by Browzar himself.
Today, Web3.0log went on that extra effort to test the product and wrote a post called “Browzar’s New Safe Browser is Fake and Enriched with Adware,” where they continued to tear the product apart to feature regularly.
Contrary to previous coverage, Bazaar seems to be nothing but a simple IE shell that forces Overture ads to its users. Creators have not written a cache or history feature, calling this feature, and users can not change the search function or home page to anything other than the results of the Browzar ad. Furthermore, some users complain that URL automatic ending does not work correctly, and also redirects to Browzar home page, with ads when it does not need it.
Wev2.0log ends with the words: “There was a time when bad software developers tried to install advertising pages as a home page or IE browser to the user with any possible means. Nowadays, users voluntarily install adware and write news about it. 0 style! “
Bring your own Browzar decision if you like, make sure you know what it is that you downloaded before pulling the trigger.