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This search engine warhorse offers above-average audio and video searches, but Yahoo boasts the same features--and more.

By May 9, 2005

2.5 stars Editors' rating May 9, 2005

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AltaVista Toolbar

AltaVista's toolbar gets the job done, but it does little to stand out from the crowd and is marred by some clunky features. We recommend a more feature-rich toolbar, such as Yahoo's.

By November 22, 2004

3 stars Editors' rating November 22, 2004

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A hail and farewell to AltaVista

It once was the best of the bunch, in the era before Internet search meant Google and three guys named Moe. Ancient history by now.

By June 28, 2013


Yahoo has a new research fellow

Andrei Broder, who once worked for AltaVista and IBM, says Yahoo is the "perfect environment for fundamental research on the Web."

November 18, 2005


MyDoom variant slams mailboxes, search engines

New version of worm clogs e-mail systems around world, slows Google, Yahoo, AltaVista and Lycos to a crawl.

By July 26, 2004


Overture to buy AltaVista

Overture Services plans to acquire search technology company AltaVista for $140 million, the latest sign of consolidation in the resurgent search business.

By February 18, 2003


AltaVista searches for a new image

The struggling company is trying to recapture its former glory as a search engine heavyweight with a newly redesigned Web site that takes a cue from current search champ Google.

By November 8, 2002


Is AltaVista searching for top dollar?

Though the company says it's an isolated mistake by a salesman, some say a recent pitch to buy top placement in search results speaks volumes about AltaVista's service and practices.

By October 1, 2002


China blocks search engine AltaVista

The move comes just days after the government blocked access to Google as part of its campaign to prevent citizens from accessing material deemed unsuitable.

By September 9, 2002