The State of 180solutions Detections
(4 Oct. 2005)

App/Defs Ad-aware CtrSpy McAfee Msft Pest Patrol Spybot S&D Spy Catcher Spy Sweeper Spyware Doctor Trend Micro X-cleaner ZeroSw.
180search Assistant X Q X R X X X X X X X X
Easy Messenger --- Q --- I --- --- X --- X --- X ---
Media Gateway X Q --- R X --- --- X X X X ---
Zango SA X Q X R --- X X X X X X ---
Zango Toolbar --- Q --- R --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Zango Messenger X Q --- R --- --- --- --- --- X X ---

Notes: Several applications from 180solutions were installed on a test PC (though not all at the same time): Easy Messenger, which bundles 180search Assistant; Zango Messenger, which bundles Zango Search Assistant; and the Zango SearchSuite, which includes Media Gateway and the Zango Toolbar. Twelve anti-spyware applications were then run, all with the latest publicly available program versions and definitions for those products. No removals were performed.

Scan notes:

  • Microsoft AntiSpyware grouped most Zango Messenger items under Zango Search Assistant and presented a default action of "Remove" for all. One Registry key was labeled "Zango Messenger" and a default action of "Ignore" was presented for it.
  • Pest Patrol detected a number of Zango Registry entries, some misc. Zango user files, and the Zango ActiveX installer, however, it completely missed all the main Zango files and directories for the Zango Search Assistant and the Zango Toolbar. CA's research site reports that Pest Patrol should detect Zango Search Assistant.
  • ZeroSpyware detected a number of Zango Registry entries as well as the Zango ActiveX installer. It completely missed all the main Zango files and directories, however, including the Zango Search Assistant, the Zango Toolbar, and Media Gateway. FBM's research site reports that ZeroSpyware should detect Zango Search Assistant as "adware." The site also reports that ZeroSpyware should detect MediaAccess (aka, MediaGateway).

Older reports: July 2005

Key:
I = ZeroSpyware, CounterSpy, or Microsoft AntiSpyware detects, but presents default action of "Ignore"
Q = ZeroSpyware, CounterSpy, or Microsoft AntiSpyware detects, and presents default action of "Quarantine"
R = CounterSpy or Microsoft AntiSpyware detects, and presents default action of "Remove"
X = application detects and presents threat to user (no default action)
--- = application does not detect threat

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