Weird advertising on 180Search

Weird advertising on 180Search

Summary: While researching the pop-up behavior of 180Search, I found that the advertisers paying for exposure are being taken for a ride. 180Search claims to have cleaned up their act, only delivering two or three ads a day (still too many, in my opinion) and performing a clean uninstall.

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While researching the pop-up behavior of 180Search, I found that the advertisers paying for exposure are being taken for a ride. 180Search claims to have cleaned up their act, only delivering two or three ads a day (still too many, in my opinion) and performing a clean uninstall. To verify, I installed 180Search's Zango software. I noticed that the license agreement says it will only deliver two or three ads a day, but also says the number will depend on the user's online activity. I think 180Search left it open to deliver many more ads to heavy Web users. I surfed around to sites that I thought were likely to cause pop-ups, competitor ads triggered by the site I happened to be visiting. (Because 180Search is watching what Web pages you open, I think the spyware label is appropriate.) The first hit I got was from browsing Amazon.com. Strangely enough, the ad that popped up was Amazon.de, the German version of Amazon. Since I was viewing the English version of Amazon, I'm not likely to be interested in the German version. Obviously 180Search is doing a lousy job servicing its advertisers. Oh, and the uninstall wasn't so clean, as a Zango installer file was left in the program directory it had created. I wouldn't be surprised if 180Search could trigger it to reinstall itself.

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  • Where is the SpyAct Spyware bill?

    Was the bill supposed to raise money for 180 and fertilize all other spy companies to grow. Thats not what I read..

    http://news.zdnet.com/2110-9588_22-5579062.html

    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-5397822.html?tag=nl
    MIS Master
  • You act as if this behavior is a surprise to you.

    What makes you think scumware companies such as 180Search/WhenU/GAIN will change their behavior without severe legal action against them?

    You don't stop a cancer by asking it nicely to go away. You remove it by COMPLETELY excising it from the body by whatever means that have been found to work, which is what needs to happen to all these scum making these programs.
    Hallowed are the Ori