Aluria Says No Money
Rich Mogull, a research director at analyst firm Gartner, expressed skepticism about the agreement as well, noting that the real concern would be whether money exchanged hands as part of the deal. "Absolutely not," Alurias Carlson said when asked if there was a financial agreement in place. "That would tear apart the core of our business." Carlson added that WhenU has removed all barriers to being considered a legitimate adware company, and by using Aluria to power its spyware-scanning program, continues on the path to "remove the spyware moniker."Read more here about the threats of spyware. Naider said the company doesnt track individual behavior, illegitimately install its software or affect how other applications run. He also said the UControl software is a separate agreement and is run by Aluria. "We dont have anything to do with the decisions on what gets removed from the desktop," Naider said. "Thats done by the Aluria research team. We adhere to their standards, but they make decisions on the software." And Alurias Carlson said the company would not remove WhenU competitors, as long as they meet the companys criteria. That didnt convince University of Illinois Howes that its a legitimate agreement. "You cant set standards for the industry when youre in league with the very people youre supposed to be judging," he said. "This is Conflict of Interest 101." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
WhenU President and co-founder Avi Naider said the industry is falling on previous prejudices and lumping legitimate adware in with malicious spyware, failing to see the changes WhenU has made.