Adware Purveyor Withdraws PC Tools Complaint

Zango, a controversial maker of adware software, has withdrawn its legal complaint against PC Tools. The adware maker had previously demanded that PC Tools' security software stop removing its software as these removals allegedly happened without the user's express consent. In a blog posting, Zango explained that it dropped the suit because PC Tools made changes to its software and no longer removes or blocks its software, although the security firm maintains it was already in the process of reclassifying the adware application prior to the lawsuit.

PC Tools, which had previously dismissed the suit as a cry for attention, hailed the move as a victory, claiming that Zango conceded defeat. The security vendor linked the withdrawal to a preliminary ruling, when a judge denied Zango's demand for a temporary injuction against PC Tools. The Federal Trade Commision had previously fined Zango $3 million last year for unfair and deceptive business practices, and while the firm promised to stop its illegal practices at the time, security experts have repeatedly charged that the firm continues to violate the terms of the settlement.

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