Software Company to End Pop-Up Ad Deluge

A San Diego company has agreed to stop bombarding computer users with Internet pop-up ads to advertise its ad-blocking software, avoiding a court battle with the Federal Trade Commission.

D Squared Solutions LLC, which was created by two college students, reached a settlement Wednesday with the FTC, which had filed a civil suit against the company last year.

D Squared agreed not to send pop-up ads using the Messenger function enabled on many Windows operating systems; such ads do not require an open Web browser to display. The company also won't sell ad-blocking software any longer, and it is barred from sending other ads unless users can choose not to receive them.

The company's founders, Anish Dhingra and Jeffrey Davis, do not admit wrongdoing and do not face any penalties.

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News source: Associated Press

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