Affiliates discussed the issues in Internet forums and began to organize their efforts. They believed that the best way to address the problem was to discourage merchants from advertising via adware. Merchants that were either indifferent to or supportive of adware were exposed by affiliates, thus damaging those merchants' reputations and tarnishing their affiliate marketing efforts. Many affiliates either terminated the use of such merchants or switched to a competitor's affiliate program. Eventually, affiliate networks were also forced by merchants and affiliates to take a stand and ban certain adware publishers from their network. The result was Code of Conduct by Commission Junction/beFree and Performics, LinkShare's Anti-Predatory Advertising Addendum, and ShareASale's complete ban of software applications as a medium for affiliates to promote advertiser offers. Regardless of the progress made, adware continues to be an issue, as demonstrated by the class action lawsuit against ValueClick and its daughter company Commission Junction filed on April 20, 2007.
L’éditeur, aussi connu sous le nom de marketeur ou d’affilié, est un individu qui fait la promotion de produits et de services. L’éditeur s’associe avec l’annonceur afin de promouvoir les produits et services de ce dernier. L’éditeur utilise des annonces, des liens et crée des campagnes de marketing afin de trouver des acheteurs pour les produits et services de l’annonceur. Pour chaque produit vendu, l’annonceur donne une commission à l’éditeur.