Alot.com is a search interface that uses the Google search engine. Due to its very aggressive product strategy (see "Critical Points"), Alot.com is mainly known as a kind of "virus" or "hijacker software". Updated in 2015, Alot.com's website now focuses on content delivery and offers a variety of information channels. I'm not sure if the engine is still based on Google or if they're using another engine now.
|Country of Origin||US America|
|October 2008 - 2009||Miva|
|2009 - March 2012||Vertro|
|2012 - [...]||Inovo|
|Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the permission of the user)
|Used SeEn||Google Search Engine|
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|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".
|“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.
|In March 2012 Inovo and Vertro merged. “As a result of the merger, Vertro is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Inuvo …” Source|
|»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|
Features & Functionality
|Example results page for "sand" Source|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): n.a.|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|
|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|
|About Vertro, Inc. URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20110202093154/http://vertro.com/|