All of the "adware" firms out there have been claiming that they've changed from their earlier questionable surreptitious install ways -- but many of us have been wondering, if that's true, how they actually plan to stay in business. The answer, so far, is that they haven't actually stopped surreptitious installs. However, it sounds like at least some of the backlash has eaten into the business, so some of the more hated names in the business, 180solutions and Hotbar, have decided to merge, and combine under the name "Zango." Of course, if this is a move to build more confidence, it seems likely to backfire. It's reminiscent of similar adware maker Direct Revenue repeatedly changing names to confuse angry victims of their software, or Gator's name change to Claria. Except, even here, it seems like the move shows the company's incompetence. The name they chose, rather than having no meaning, is the name of one of their current adware products -- and it's not hard to find numerous complaints about the software, including recent complaints that a botnet has been sneaking it onto computers.
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