Adware:W32/180Solutions

Classification

Spyware

Adware

W32

180search Assistant

Summary

This program delivers advertising content to the user. It is usually annoying but harmless, unless it is combined with spyware or trackware.

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Technical Details

Update

On June 7th, 2006, 180Solutions merged with Hotbar to form Zango. For more details, please see the Zango description.

180solutions' main product is named 180search Assistant. It is an ad-delivery application designed to display targeted advertisements. The advertisements are selected based on web-searches and surfing habits collected by 180solutions' servers. Advertisements are displayed as pop-up messages directing users to third party websites.

180Solutions had many associated software products. A few of them are:

  • Seekmo Search Assistant
  • WindUpdates
  • WinAD
  • Media Access
  • Media Gateway
  • Media Pass

These are various freewares (such as games) that are bundled with advertising from 180Solutions. The games are basically free, as other companies depend on 180Solutions to push their advertising content onto the clients' desktops.

Activity

When installed in the system, the process of displaying the advertisements may consume system resources and become an annoyance to the user.

This is a sample installation page of one of the games that bundle Zango with it:

Note

180Solutions has a long history of being classified as greyware. They have periodically tried to rebuild their reputation. For a history lesson, you may visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zango.

Date Created: 2006-09-18 13:55:35.0

Date Last Modified: 2009-08-20 06:58:29.0