Oakland, Calif.-based Ask Jeeves nearly doubled in size last year when it bought Interactive Search Holdings for $501 million in May. That included web properties such as My Way, iWon, Excite, My Search and My Web Search.
This is the big reason these companies want to infect your computers. Its also the big reason why the little guys trying to do the right thing are being sued for calling these products adware, spyware, or foistware and telling people how to remove these intrusive programs from their computers.
Lavasoft, the makers of AdAware SE were threatened with a lawsuit by WhenU.com if they didn't stop releasing software that removed WhenU from computers and they did comply for a time but have since allowed it to be removed again. More recently spyware company Hotbar threatened a small website with a lawsuit. See Hotbar Threatens Cloudeight.
The little guys (and I include BleepingComputer.com here) simply can't afford the litigation to defend themselves from these mammoth companies and some will back down just out of self-preservation.
Contact your Federal Goverment Representative and make it known you don't want this programming on your computer and demand laws protecting users or these corporations are going to win.
At the very least boycott Ask Jeeves and you can hit THEM in the pocketbook as their number of hits goes down right along with their revenue.
Edited by Leurgy, 21 March 2005 - 01:37 PM.