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Webroot\SpySweeper withdraw from COAST


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Posted 04 February 2005 - 12:20 PM

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ --

Webroot Software announced todayt hat after careful consideration, the company has decided to withdraw its membership from the Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (COAST).

The company issued the following statement:

"Webroot has always considered our obligations to our customers as our
most important mission as a company. We believe their protection, privacy and
peace of mind are paramount and have developed products and supported public
policies that reflect that view. Our founding of the Consortium of
Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors, or COAST, also reflected that position.
Of late, we have become concerned that COAST is moving in a direction with
which we cannot agree. We have long championed an open dialog among
anti-spyware solutions on standards criteria for defining spyware. However,
we are not comfortable with the idea of COAST as a certification body or as a
marketing tool for member companies. These concerns required Webroot to
re-assess our affiliation with COAST and after careful consideration, Webroot
is resigning from COAST, effective immediately. The company will continue to
play an active part in public dialogues about these issues, and will continue
to participate in alliances and organizations that share our views and goals."

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 01:07 AM

Aluria joins the fray, too little too late:
http://www.aluriasoftware.com/index.php?me...news&link=coast

More on Aluria:
http://castlecops.com/article-5722-nested-0-0.html

Suzi gives her opinion too:
http://netrn.net/spywareblog/archives/2005...cline-of-coast/

Summary of COAST situation\downfall:
http://castlecops.com/article-5721-nested-0-0.html
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 01:44 AM

And now, Mike Healon, of Spyware Info:
http://www.spywareinfo.com/articles/spywar...st_implodes.php
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 11:18 AM

Eric posted this over at the DSLR thread:

http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/rema...80063~mode=flat

Hi All:

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a decent story on the crack-up of COAST:


said by John Cook:
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Anti-spyware group unravels over direction

By JOHN COOK
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

The Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors was established to help computer users remove unwanted software and put pressure on those companies that distribute invasive online advertising technologies.

But just 20 months after it was founded by four leading anti-spyware companies, the organization -- known by its acronym, Coast -- has fallen into disarray.

Two of the founding members of the group withdrew yesterday and a third is expected to pull support next week -- moves that come just three weeks after the controversial admission of Bellevue-based 180solutions.
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Full article:
»seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/210875..

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Eric L. Howes


I for one found it very interesting how Mr. Carlson negelcts to inform the writer of Alurias key role in dragging in WhenU into COASTs membership. Or, perhaps the writer didn't know about it? I would hope its neither, as it points to a rather poorly trained journalist. He should have done some homework and if Carlson had not mentioned WhenU, he should have.

Also an interesting point as Carlson points to 180Solutions as one reason they left the organization, but feels WehnU is OK. LOL

Oh, wait, I forgot, they are now Spyware Free Certified...........LMAO
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Posted 08 February 2005 - 12:33 AM

A high-powered coalition of anti-spyware vendors has collapsed amid a rash of acrimony and finger-pointing.

The Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology vendors (COAST) was rendered toothless when three founding members—Webroot Software Inc., Aluria Software LLC and Computer Associates International Inc.'s PestPatrol—withdrew from the group, citing separate reasons for quitting.

Another founder, Lavasoft Inc., pulled out of the consortium earlier and accused COAST's leadership of adopting an "overt agenda to concentrate on revenue generation."

The latest withdrawals stem from the decision by COAST to allow membership to 180solutions Inc., a Bellevue, Wash.-based search marketing company that uses questionable tactics to install ad-serving software on computers.

In statements released over the weekend, Webroot and Aluria listed different reasons for leaving COAST, and although the inclusion of 180solutions was not mentioned, company executives made it clear that they were uncomfortable with the idea of adware firms using COAST membership as a marketing tool.

"Of late, we have become concerned that COAST is moving in a direction with which we cannot agree," Boulder, Colo.-based Webroot said in a statement.

"We have long championed an open dialog among anti-spyware solutions on standards criteria for defining spyware. However, we are not comfortable with the idea of COAST as a certification body or as a marketing tool for member companies."


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