Tobias Larsson; Niklas Lindén MCS-2006:14, pp. 46. TEK/avd. för interaktion och systemdesign, 2007.
Privacy-invasive software is an increasingly common problem for today's computer users, one to which there is no absolute cure. Most of the privacy-invasive software are positioned in a legal gray zone, as the user accepts the malicious behaviour when agreeing to the End User License Agreement. This thesis proposes the use of a specialized reputation system to gather and share information regarding software behaviour between community users. A client application helps guide the user at the point of executing software on the local computer, displaying other users' feedback about the expected behaviour of the software. We discuss important aspects to consider when constructing such a system, and propose possible solutions. Based on the observations made, we implemented a client/server based proof-of-concept tool, which helped us discover other issues such as the effect on system stability. We also compare this solution to other, more conventional, protection methods such as anti-virus and anti-spyware software.