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alot


http://search.alot.com/web

     
Language Multilingual



Launched October 2008
Closed No



Developer Miva



Country of Origin US America



Owner
October 2008 - 2009 Miva
2009 - March 2012 Vertro
2012 - [...] Inovo



Topic Universal



Region No Limitation



Technology
and/or
Strategy
Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the users permission)



Used SeEn Google Search Engine



Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite



Alot.com is a search interface using the Google search engine. Because of very aggressive product strategy (see “Critical Points”), Alot.com is primary known as a kind of “virus” or “hijacker software”. In 2015 Alot.com had a website update, now they concentrate on content providing and offer different information channels. I’m not sure if the engine is still based on Google or if they use another engine now [kd2015].
Alot.com is a product of Inuvo, Inc. “a digital publishing and advertising technology company” based in Conway, Arkansas. Source
Primary the ALOT product portfolio was owned and operated by MIVA, launched in October 2008 as "Alot Home". Source
“In March (2009), MIVA sold off its media division to Adknowledge. Now, they're rebranding their newly-focused business as Vertro.” ALOT started as a “toolbar and desktop (solution) to provide third-party content for searchers to discover and publishers to display. Source
In March 2012 Inovo and Vertro merged. “As a result of the merger, Vertro is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Inuvo …” Source



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Critical points

»Alot Toolbar is a potentially unwanted program, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will add Alot Appbar, and change your browser homepage default search engine to search.alot.com. Alot Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. Alot Toolbar got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker. For example, when you install Alot AppBar, you will also agree to change your default browser homepage and default search engine to search.alot.com and install the Alot Toolbar. However, when you uninstall Alot Appbar from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Alot Toolbar and search.alot.com from your favorite web browser manually. You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Alot Toolbar. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.« Source



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References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.
     

Other Sources

US PRESS RELEASES URL: http://web.archive.org/web/20100213042843/http://www.miva.com/us/content/about/pressroom/press_releases.asp
Johnson, Nathania (Oct 10, 2008): MIVA Releases Customizable ALOT Toolbar, Homepage, and Widgets URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2053365/miva-releases-customizable-alot-toolbar-homepage-widgets
ChrunchBase: Alot URL: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/alot#/entity




Created: 2013-03-14