Adware: the hidden money trail

Those programs that pelt you with ads and bog down your PC are financed by some of America’s largest companies.

Infographic: Follow the money

Big firms outsource the ad buys to brokers who arrange for the
actual  adware/spyware purchases, often through other third
parties. Lots of plausible deniability here for the big companies when
they get complaints of adware for them popping up on computers unwanted
because of  hidden installations. Golly, we just had NO idea this
was happening. Yeah, right. This procedure is not unlike record
companies doing payola through independent brokers. You mean they paid
a DJ to play our music? We are shocked, just shocked.