PC Tools wins battle against Zango

A court has denied Zango's application for a Temporary Restraining Order which sought to compel security software provider PC Tools to entirely remove the detection of its products by PC Tools' Spyware Doctor, claiming that it interferes with Zango's (formerly known as 180solutions) software. US District Judge John C. Coughenour stated: "The Court finds it unlikely that [Zango] will be able to prove that [PC Tools'] software was unfair or deceptive given that users knowingly download [PC Tools'] software to avoid potential malware. [PC Tools'] classification is not unreasonable given Zango's past conduct and in light of other companies' similar classification of the plaintiff's software."

"Zango's attempts to pursue and compel us into reclassifying through legal action, rather than following due process, is not going to get them anywhere and is certainly not the way to rehabilitate their image," said Simon Clausen, chief executive at PC Tools.

Zango said in its company blog that "while the Temporary Restraining Order paperwork was denied today, the essential relief Zango sought in its motion was in effect granted - by PC Tools itself" as the latest version of Spyware Doctor neither eliminates nor blocks Zango software. Zango has said that the lawsuit against PC Tools will proceed, as issues like damages remain unresolved.

News source: vnunet

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