180 Solutions using XXX.torrent to spread Adware?


The ever vigilant Dave Methvin, Chief Techology Officer, PC Pitstop has discovered that 180 Solutions might be using BitTorrent to spread their evil spyware/adware seed. Folks at Vital Security have confirmed the findings as well with images. According to his investigations, the nefarious stuff comes packaged in an adult-oriented video torrent. Click the file, and a dialog appears which is basically a bunch of bullshit. Methvin says scroll down this first screen and you will see the text that tells you that

> the program installs the 180Search Assistant from 180Solutions, Golden Retriever from ShopAtHomeSelect, and Internet Optimizer from Avenue Media. The license text shown to the user only has links to the 180Solutions license; for the others it just mentions that they are installed but says nothing about their license terms.

Ironic because 180 Solutions had promised not to bundle other people’s shit with its own!


Om Malik

dvorak has gone even more cuckoo and i think what he doesn’t understand clearly is how complex the world has become. it is not his familiar world of pcs and mac-bashing. he is a pc era guy trying to be intelligent about things he doesn’t have a full grip on. on the issue of chris boyd, well, i don’t know why he would he be a microsoft lackey. he has been exposing microsoft security holes for so long. oh well.


That Dvorak article still irritates me. It’s a long-winded baseless accusation that the negative Bit Torrent press is some super-secret cabal by Microsoft.

In it, he alleges that Chris Boyd of Vital Security (who broke this story a few weeks back, though in regards to Direct Revenue) brought it up to discredit Bit Torrent. His only supporting link was that Boyd is a Microsoft MVP Dvorak never heard of. Dvorak then goes on to lament on the sad state of journalism after penning a POS fluff piece full of errors.

Though it got attention from the platform zealots and Slashdotted, so I’m sure his editors are happy. Hits are all that matter, apparently.

NIk Cubrilovic

I wonder if Dvorak is still be blaming Microsoft for this.

Meanwhile, we are hearing about Avalanche as though it is in beta. Articles begin to emerge about the product just as some dubious articles appear all over the Net about how BitTorrent has something to do with spyware. Interesting coincidences indeed.

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