Adware maker sues Zone Labs

by admin December 5, 2005 at 9:55 am

Adware isn’t spyware, according to 180solutions

Adware maker 180solutions has filed a lawsuit against Zone Labs, a subsidiary of Check Point, over the way Zone Labs rates 180solutions’ products as ‘spyware’. The company is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

180solutions alleges that Zone Labs’ ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware application wrongly labels its software as ‘high risk spyware’ thereby prompting end users to remove it.

180solutions develops Zango Search Assistant and 180search Assistant. The software entices users to install the product by promising access to games and premium content, but also presents them with pop-up advertisements.

Zone Labs is accused of falsely claiming that the applications monitor users’ keystrokes and mouse movements.

Based on that conclusion Zone Labs claims that the software violates users’ privacy. It labels the applications ‘high risk spyware’ and recommends that users remove the software.

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