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6 May 2008

  Yahoo launches SearchScan from McAfee  - - Bad Decision for Yahoo!

This letter is in reponse to Yahoo’s Yodel Anecdotal blog regarding SearchScan from McAfee now being used to flag "risky" sites when using Yahoo's search engine - posted May 5, 2008:  “Do you know where your mouse has been?”



Dear Yahoo, 

We are very upset that McAfee has put a red flag on our website listing when searched through Yahoo: "Warning: Unsolicited E-mails." This is totally misleading, as when you read McAfee's report explaining this note, they state that they submitted their email to us and it was posted on our site. Well, the only way that statement would be true is if they submitted the Birthline Registry form - this is the only place on our website that we post email addresses, with the submitter's permission. The registry is provided for adult adoptees or birthparents to post listings in order to contact each other. And so I assume that McAfee made up a fake listing that they submitted, because every listing is read and posted by me, not automatically, and has to have the right information provided. 

What a fraud! McAfee has spammed OUR site! I really resent this and also that McAfee has worded their warning to suggest that WE send out unsolicited email if someone contacts us.  Please ask McAfee to let us know which listing is their fraudulent one, so we can take it off so that it doesn't mislead a sincere adoption searcher. What a mean, underhanded company they are!

Then with further investigation, we noticed that HUNDREDS of websites when searched on Yahoo also have this warning flag - and they are all legitimate sites that have a guest list that can be signed or are a registry of some sort where people willingly post their emails - this kind of bad press from Yahoo sounds like perfect grounds for a class-action lawsuit!  


"Sally Kraus" with a multitude of variations of an email address seems to have posted on all these sites, as “she” did on ours. Yahoo - lose McAfee or you will lose a lot more very quickly.  Please know that I am not trying to down Yahoo, but I see such potential damage to your company from this unfair, Gestapo-like tactic to rate sites.




Judy Friddle Andrews


PS: If I buy some of McAfee’s software, will the warning flag go away on our site in Yahoo’s search engine?  


Judy Friddle Andrews

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