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    MindSpark Interactive Network/MindSpark

    Hi,

    I downloaded a dictionary internet add-on, and now every time I go on the internet, I get two pop-ups in succession from MindSpark Interactive Network. Is MindSpark Interactive Network safe?


    I looked on the internet and some say it is safe (MindSpark) and a few say that it is spyware.

    Thank you for any information you can give me.

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    I am always suspicious of anything that loads/installs with out my consent. Perhaps there was an add on or opt out box in the dictionary add on you did not see. Does something show up in Manage Add Ons that would show this pop up, or give any clues where it came from. It appears that mindspark Interactive Network develops Social Networks. perhaps this came from Facebook or Google+ or such. It is hard to say with further investigation.
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    Thanks for your response, Ted. I did OK its download when I got the dictionary, but now I am going to delete MindSpark from my computer because it is so intrusive.

    I do recall reading someone's query as whether MindSpark was owned by Google.

    Have a very good one...

    Moon1130

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    Ted,

    McAfee Site Advisor states that it has tested the MindSpark site and found nothing malicous. So, evidently, it is safe. I will see if I can re-download the DictionaryBoss without the MindSpark add-ons.

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    Though McAfee says that MindSpark is safe, I would not recommend it. I reinstalled DictionaryBoss and MindSpark add-ons come with it, whether you indicate you want it or not. Then, whenever you go on the internet, two Mindspark pop-ups appear in succession. You must permit (Yes) or deny (No) each pop-up before you can begin surfing.

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    That would be a PIA each time you want to surf. No thanks I say!
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    Ted,

    What is a PIA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon1130 View Post
    Ted,

    What is a PIA?
    I think a "T" is missing between the "I" and the "A".

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    Yes, I did not want to be too gross. This is a "family" site (Pain In The ???) I will let Moon fill in the Blanks.
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    Thank you very much, Gentlemen. That program was definitely a PITA. I am so happy to get rid of it.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Moon

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