Techdirt is on holiday this Thursday and Friday. We'll be back with our regular posts on the weekend!Hide

180solutions Promised Non-Sneaky Solution Fails To Be Non-Sneaky

from the like-that's-surprising dept

Among the high profile adware firms out there, 180solutions has been one of the more vocal. Last year, the company (which was notorious for surreptitious installs) blamed bad distributors for the problem -- and promptly bought the worst one, effectively rewarding them. Realizing that looked bad, the company then sued some "rogue" distributors -- though some may ask why it took so long. Then, the company decided that it was going to "renotify" everyone who had their software to make sure they wanted it. Renotify, of course, is a bit of a misnomer, since so few people had been notified in the first place. The company followed this up by claiming it was changing the way its software was installed to make it nearly impossible for affiliates to have it install surreptitiously. Well, nearly impossible isn't quite the same thing as impossible, and malware researcher Ben Edelman has now documented a case where one affiliate has hacked its way around 180solution's "solution" allowing the software to be installed anyway -- without any approval at all. Edelman also details why 180solution's initial window explaining the software (if it is shown, which it wasn't in this case) is still incredibly misleading. Finally, Edelman points out that every time some security researchers point out these flaws, 180solutions immediately puts out self-serving press releases talking about how it shuts down those bad actors. As Edelman suggests -- it seems like 180solutions should be tracking down these bad affiliates on its own, before the researchers have to do it for them. Of course, as we've wondered in the past, is there any way for these firms to actually make money without surreptitious installs of their software?

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. identicon
    Mike, Feb 20th, 2006 @ 5:51am

    No Subject Given


    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. identicon
    Not Mike, Feb 20th, 2006 @ 5:55am

    Re: No Subject Given

    Well... I don't think porn is the solution to everything, but I've been wrong before!!11

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Mike, Feb 20th, 2006 @ 5:58am

    Re: No Subject Given

    Porn! = 3.1415926535897932384626433832795

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. identicon
    the unknown, Feb 20th, 2006 @ 9:22am

    Re: No Subject Given

    okay, so where is this going ?
    ...Completely lost.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5. identicon
    Not Mike, Feb 20th, 2006 @ 9:50am

    Re: No Subject Given

    No, actually Porn is ~ E=MC^2

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6. identicon
    Not Mike, Feb 20th, 2006 @ 9:56am

    Re: No Subject Given

    You lost because you didn't read the article carfuly. If you did you would have realized that corporate diversification in the tech world leads to corruption. Ergo, productivity goes down due to waste as a result of deviant employees. Now, following this line of thought, you realize that this deviation leads directly into the porn industry. So you should be clued in now.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7. identicon
    SmallTwig, Feb 20th, 2006 @ 1:09pm

    Just to let everyone know...

    I would just like to take this oppertunity to let everyone know just how much I hate 180, **Picks Up his Colt, and shoots the PC right through the case 8 times**

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Hide this ad »
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Chat
Techdirt Reading List
Hide this ad »
Recent Stories
Hide this ad »


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.