WebSearch was developed by First Cash Reserve, which later renamed itself IBIS and then XACTI. Later it was spun off into the Crawler Group. WebSearch started in 2003 as a meta search engine. It combined paid hit sites with content from leading web search engines. Today it is a search interface that receives its content from Bing. For a while, the browser toolbar was suspected of being unwanted software, which is why it was discontinued.
|Developer||First Cash Reserve, LCC (2004 renamed IBIS, LLC)|
|Country of Origin||US America|
|2003 - 2004||First Cash Reserve, LCC (2004 renamed IBIS, LLC)|
|2004 - 2008||IBIS, LLC (2008, renamed XACTI, LLC)|
|2008 - 2011||XACTI, LLC|
|2011 - [...]||Crawler Group (»Crawler Group is one of a family of companies in the Xacti Group.«)|
|Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the permission of the user)
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|» IBIS, LLC, a leading
provider of Internet products and services, announces that it will
discontinue distribution of its flagship product, WebSearch Toolbar.
Amid concerns that WebSearch was being labeled as spyware, the company
initiated action to rectify controversial aspects of the product in
order to refute spyware claims.
WebSearch Toolbar is a free Internet Explorer plug-in allowing users
to search the web using search box and includes customizable
functions. Although WebSearch Toolbar is not spyware, adware or
malware it did facilitate a program that displays popup/popunder ads.
Additionally, WebSearch may have been unknowingly installed onto users
systems through drives by software distributors. This practice has
ceased through a stricter distribution compliance policy.
The actions which IBIS has taken to rectify the situation include:
Removing WinTools, a popup/popunder program, from the software bundle
Ceasing ActiveX distribution
Ceasing distribution through partners
Redesigning the toolbar to meet all requirements on downloadable
Shifting company focus to new Crawler™ products including Spyware
IBIS's new Crawler Toolbar is web search and navigation software
that is offered at no cost to the end user and works within Internet
Explorer. Crawler Toolbar was developed to comply with the highest
industry standards and user expectations. The highly customizable
product provides added functionality to the user's desktop and
enhances the entertainment value of their online experience.
The company's new Spyware Terminator eradicates spyware and adware
from users' computers. IBIS has substantially invested into the
development of a high-end product that is offered at no cost to
consumers and even includes free real-time protection.
Both Crawler Toolbar and Spyware Terminator are available at
New Business Model:
IBIS has traditionally developed new revenue channels for online
advertisers, allowing them to market their wares directly to
consumers' desktops. While IBIS once used brilliant technology to
operate in this arena, the company has since revised its business
model and reversed its entire culture.« Source|
Features & Functionality
|The News and Image Search leads directly to the Google sites [kd2016].|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): n.a.|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|
|2007: Crawler Group Releases Industry’s First, Totally Free Internet Security Suite with Spyware Terminator 2.0 Antispyware and Web Security Guard URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20190302164840/http://www.spywareterminator.com/de/news/news-archive.aspx?id=2327|
|2005: Websearch Toolbar to Be No More URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20190302183300/https://www.dell.com/community/Virus-Spyware/WEBSEARCH-TOOLBAR-TO-BE-NO-MORE/td-p/1584477|
|About Results URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20040911164651/http://www.websearch.com/legal/about_results.aspx?tbid=3|