Threat levels are assigned by the vendor and inconsistent between vendors.
While "Level 1" sounds low, it's still adware.
Kind of like me tapping on your knuckles with a hammer, a nag screen,
toolbar, or other unwanted function will eventually become annoying and as
Richard points out it provides a backdoor to somebody (which doesn't have to
be those who created it.) The level assignments provide you a guage as to
where you can draw the line on future installations of other crapware.
I would simply tell you that if you got it for free, and you were warned
about it's contents, you'll probably find the controls on that tapping
hammer a little inconsistent over time.
"t-4-2" <dhuang1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Please elaborate what adware at threat level 1 could do to my computer. I
> not knowledgeable to understand the consequences. " Level 1 " seems to be
> non-threatening. No ?
> "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> > If you don't mind adware, keep the silly smilies.
> > --
> > Richard Urban
> > Microsoft MVP
> > Windows Desktop Experience
> > "t-4-2" <dhuang1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> > news:F343B440-7EFA-4D6F-AFC6-E7F189BDA7B4@xxxxxx
> >> Hello everyone,
> >> I had recently downloaded some animated Smiles. My AV programs found
> >> adware in the Smiley program, namely MyWebSearch and Fun Web Products.
> >> The threat level ( scale 1- 10 ) is 1.
> >> I am not sure if I should or should not keep the Smiley program. Please
> >> advise. Thank you.