Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Zango Inc., the irritating adware firm that was fined $3 million by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in 2006 has been sold at ?fire sale prices? to video search engine company Blinkx PLC, it was announced yesterday.

The company was notorious for its weasel-word excuses and explanations of the intrusive adware it distributed. It also was famous for (unsuccessfully) suing anti-virus Kaspersky Labs and PC Tools in 2007 in an attempt to intimidate them and force them to stop cleaning Zango code out of victims? computers.

Zango was first named 180 Solutions when it was begun in 2004. It employed more than 200 people at its peak, but laid off 118 of them last year. Other adware firms, Claria (which distributed Gator), DirectRevenue and WhenU have closed in the past.

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