Adware Vendor Loses In Court To Pc Tools Kaspersky
It was Zango who came up with an order against PC tools, which says that its spyware doctor misused and eliminated Zango software without any warning or giving any prior chance to prevent it.
According to the news by Itwire on June 7, 2007, Sunbelt Software, another security software developer disagreed with Zango's claim as it does not provide any proof about the elimination of Zango software by PC tools without any prior warning.
Zango filed their lawsuit on May 15, 2007 in King Country Superior Court in Seattle against PC tools and its spyware doctor software associated with Google pack. It claims that spyware doctor, without any legal permission, eliminates Zango software from the user's system. Earlier it was called as 180 solutions, now Zango is been classified in the program as an "elevated" threat.
However, the users are complaining about the installation of the software forcibly asking them to download pop-up ads. The company has also got the charge of tracing user behavior and the difficulty faced by the users in getting rid of it. Even, the judge has rejected the applications of both the companies; still they are claiming their victory.
According to the news by It wire on June 6, 2007, Chief Executive of PC tools, Simon Clausen said that this result has proved to be a boon for anti-spy ware vendors, especially for the public as now they can choose any software of their choice. He also added that this result would serve them a message for all the ad ware companies who are preparing to exercise control over the creators of anti- spy ware into removing their products or re-rating their database of deadly programs.
According to the news of It ware on June 6, 2007, Clausen claims that from now onwards they will be more careful regarding the classification of threats and will not be subdued by such lawsuits, after all they carry a responsibility towards customers of protecting them from malware attacks
Last year, Zango has settled down a complaint from US FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION by paying a commission of $US 3 million and agreed to the terms that the users can remove or add to its product with their own consent. The company also notified that it has agreed with the key notice and standards of the order.
In 2006 US Federal Trade Commission reached to an agreement with Zango in which the company was accused over mean ad ware installed by its associates. Zango, in return has agreed to pay $3 million and has promised to keep in mind the fact that it will only install its program with the permission of the user.
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» SPAMfighter News - 21-06-2007