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Full Name:
Comet Cursor
Type: Adware
Also Known As: IncrediFind Comet Systems
Danger Level: 7
Category Description: Program that delivers advertisements on your PC.

Note that many websites have their own advertising, unrelated to adware.

Adware is any software application in which advertising is displayed while the program is running. The authors of these applications include additional code that delivers the ads, which can be viewed through pop-up windows or through a bar that appears on a computer screen and sometimes through text links or in integrated search results. Adware may or may not track personal information. It may also gather information anonymously or in aggregate only. Users should check the EULA and Privacy policy to ensure if the adware on their machines conforms to their standards.
Official Description: Comet Cursor changes the mouse pointer when hovering over partner sites. It is infamous for being one of the first programs to install sneakily with another, and for tracking viewing of partner pages.

Newer versions of Comet Cursor have grown very big indeed, with all sorts of features unrelated to mouse pointers. They seem to have "cleaned up their act" for the most part.
Comment: Comet tracks visits to web sites that use its cursors, with an ID unique to each installation. However since the sites must deliberately include the Comet code in each page, this isn't much different to third-party advertising banners with cookies.
Information URL: http://www.cometcursor.com/
Manual Removal: Should be removable through 'Add/Remove Programs' in the Control Panel.

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