Adware Makers 180solutions, Hotbar Merge
180solutions, already a major adware distributor, on Wednesday announced that it had merged with the Israeli company Hotbar, also an adware maker, in an effort to scale up its reach to advertisers and consumers. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.
Both companies have fought security analysts and privacy critics, who have accused them of invading users' PCs without permission, spawning pop-up ads, surreptitiously changing computer settings, and making it difficult to uninstall their software. In 2005, Symantec sued Hotbar for threatening it with lawsuits if the security giant didn't remove the Hotbar software from its list of adware and spyware. (In March, Symantec reached an out-of-court settlement with Hotbar.) TechWeb | News | Adware Makers 180solutions, Hotbar Merge
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