Invited to join closed AVG discussion group

Over the weekend, I had an email from Karel Obluk at AVG inviting me to a Google Group they have set-up for discussions around the AVG logfile spam issue.

..I would like to invite you to participate in a group dedicated to discussion
about AVG LinkScanner technology, its advantages as well as potential impact
on web sites, the nature of recent web threats and ways of protecting both
users and web masters. Your input and feedback will be highly appreciated.
The group is closed and by invitation only..

I have accepted the invite but unfortunately now have to be re-approved as I used a different email address (my Google account).

Hopefully we’re getting somewhere on this issue.

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AVG confirms Adwords unaffected

El Reg have a follow up article AVG fake traffic spares Google AdWords confirming that LinkScanner does not ‘click’ Adwords links, it follows them but parses out the ‘real’ URL behind the sponsored link.

The article fails to mention if this is true for all PPC providers though.¬† I know clients who’ve seen an increase in Yahoo!/Overture spend since this came about.

Anyone have any further clarification?

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