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May 2005 Newsletter

Now Open: PC Pitstop Privacy Center
MAX PC: System Cooling
Notes from the CNet Antispyware Workshop
What’s Up with WhenU?
Performance Tip: Paging File Myths and Facts

April 2005 Newsletter

Top Dawg 2 Challenge Details
System Cleanup and the Anti-Spyware Blues
A Common Thread with Spyware and Steroids
RAID Juices Hard Drive Performance
Performance Tip: Eye Candy Causes Speed Decay

March 2005 Newsletter

Happy Birthday PC Pitstop!
PC Pitstop’s Safe Surfing Video
Is Google Feeding Spyware Makers?
Coming in April: Top Dawg 2
Join PC Pitstop’s Folding Team!

Search Scout: No Merit Badge

Search Scout is one of the features of the Gator Advertising Information Network (GAIN). Gator has a partnership with Overture Services to display keyword-based text ads. The GAIN background software monitors the web pages you visit and the information you enter into search forms. If GAIN determines that you are doing a web search, or you are visiting sites that are associated with particular keywords, Search Scout kicks into action and displays Overture advertising or other results that match the keywords.

February 2005 Newsletter

It Pays To Read License Agreements
How Do You Make A Top Dawg Computer?
Spyware, Adware, and Others: What’s in a Name
Thomas Cook Books with Claria
PC Pitstop’s Folding Team: Almost Fifty

January 2005 Newsletter

More Information on Safe Surfing
PC Pitstop Test Enhancements
Top Dawg Challenge Winners
Is AMD Cleaning Intel’s clock?
Join the PC Pitstop Folding or SETI Team

November 2004 Newsletter

XP Service Pack 2 Rolls On
Keep Kids Safe from Spyware
Spyware bills die; FTC says “good riddance”
Top 25 Spyware and Adware
Join the PC Pitstop Folding or SETI Team

October 2004 Newsletter

PC Pitstop Optimize – Our First Product
New Home for “The Pit”
What’s That Running Program? We Know!
The PC Pitstop Site Gets A New Look
Windows XP Service Pack 2: Do it Now!
Dell Recalls Millions of Power Supplies
Join the PC Pitstop Folding or SETI Team

July 2004 Newsletter

PC Pitstop Test and Score Changes
Who’s Funding Claria/Gator? Yahoo!
Spyware Strikes Out with Major League Baseball
Windows XP Hits 70 Percent Mark
Beware of Fake Anti-Spyware Products
Be a PC Pitstop Beta Tester
Join the PC Pitstop Folding or SETI Team

Yahoo and Claria

When Yahoo acquired Overture in September 2003, it may have bought itself a load of trouble.

Prior to the Yahoo acquisition, Overture had cut a deal with Gator (which has since changed its name to Claria Corporation) to display Overture pay-per-click advertising to users of the Gator Advertising Information Network (GAIN). As we’ve noted in earlier investigations, this deal took many Overture customers by surprise. When we contacted some Overture advertisers in September 2003, several were unaware that their ads were now being shown to Gator users and one indicated to us that they had discontinued their Overture advertising as a result.

Our Gator Experiences

What is it like to be a Gator user? We get plenty of reports in our forums, but we decided to get first-hand information by installing GAIN software on our own systems. We also wanted to find out if there are any good things about GAIN ads–do they have the potential to help users find great deals on products and services? The results weren’t pretty. Rob’s system became very unstable almost immediately. Dave didn’t have system instability, but received many GAIN ads that were anything but targeted.

How Did I Get Gator?

Our survey found that an astounding 74 percent of Gator users did not know that a Gator or GAIN application had been installed on their system, and an additional 15 percent had not read Gator’s license agreement. Compare those results to Gator’s assertion that users are “inviting” Gator onto their PC’s. We decided to take a look at several ways in which Gator gets “invited” onto a PC, and whether the process may be confusing users into making an uninformed choice.

Claria Goes Public

Claria Corporation (formerly Gator Corporation) has filed an S-1 statement, the first step in the United States for an initial public offering (IPO) of stock. The S-1 is a very useful document because it requires the company to be very clear and honest about its business prospects. Potential investors use the S-1 to determine whether to buy stock, and to determine a fair price for that stock.

May 2004 Newsletter

Special Report: The FTC Spyware Workshop
Continued Attacks Against Anti-Spyware Sites
Inadequate Disclosure by Claria/Gator and WhenU
Where’s Your Newsletter?
Solve Your PC Problems At The Pit

Gator Alternatives

Are you using a Gator or GAIN-supported application and would like to keep its functionality but dump the popup ads, excessive memory use, and data collection? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve researched a collection of free or low-cost programs that are superior to Gator’s. For each Gator application below, you’ll see our picks for programs that offer similar functionality.

Our Position

PC Pitstop is speaking out against Gator and similar products because we believe that most users do not benefit by having them installed. This is consistent with the basic tenets that drive both our business philosophy and the advice that we give to users.

Overture and Gator

Several companies that have contacted PC Pitstop are puzzled how they could be associated with Gator when they honestly don’t believe their company does business with Gator Corporation. Our first thought was that there was simply someone else in the organization responsible for advertising through the Gator Advertising Information Network (GAIN), or perhaps that a third-party ad agency they hired was responsible for placing Gator advertising. (For example, adware has caused concern for companies such as Toyota.) However, we have found another way that many companies may unwittingly be advertising on Gator through its partnership with Overture and the Search Scout feature.

Gator’s Lawsuit

So why is there a Gator Information Center anyway? Why did we single out Gator for a special section? In a way, you could say that Gator almost demanded that we single them out because they didn’t like the group they were in.