Boston—Backed by heavy-hitting hi-tech corporate sponsors Google, Lenovo and Sun Microsystems, Harvard University’s Berman Center and the Oxford Internet Institute launched a multiyear initiative this week to combat spyware, adware and malware programs. Dubbed StopBadware.org, it will seek out companies that make money by tricking Internet users into downloading spyware, adware and malware. Those company names and reports will be publicized online. The new Web site created for the coalition is www.stopbadware.org
. Individual users can also check the site first to see if programs they want to download are badware and alert others to malicious programs they’ve encountered.