Last might I got an email from 180solutions announcing their latest move to go straight. From the press release.
BELLEVUE, Wash.- October 11, 2005-180solutions, Inc., a leading provider of Internet search marketing solutions, today announced it has ended its distribution partnership with Montreal, Canada-based Integrated Search Technologies (IST). In addition, the company will no longer allow third parties to distribute its software via ActiveX except when using a 180solutions-controlled ActiveX installer. This will allow the company to ensure that every step of the ActiveX installation experience is controlled by 180solutions rather than third parties.
This has to be a good move because IST is known as rather nasty adware/spyware and is often downloaded though security exploits. Currently 4 of the top ten spyware threats at Sunbelt-Software are from IST. This move follows several previous announcments from 180solutions of changes in their practices.
When I read Brian Krebs' blog today about the 180solutions news, I had one of those "Ah-ha' moments.
180Solutions's move comes after the Center for Democracy & Technology, a public interest group based in Washington, D.C., threatened to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over 180's business practices. Kudos to CDT (not to be confused with the infamous adware/spyware distributor bought up by 180 recently) for keeping the pressure on 180 to make changes it should have made years ago.