ALOT Home is a search portal that uses the Google search engine. Due to its very aggressive product strategy, ALOT Home was known as a kind of "virus" or "hijacker software". Updated in 2015,'s website now focuses on content delivery and offers a variety of information channels. Since the end of 2019, ALOT Home has only been working as a locale search, a web search is no longer offered.

Language Multilingual

Launched October 2008
Closed 2019, The website is still online, but now works as a local search.

Developer Miva

Country of Origin US America

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

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the permission of the user)
Search Portal

Used SeEn Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite 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

»ALOT Home is a search portal that gives you direct access to the rest of the web powered by Google.« Source


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 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 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 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.

Other Sources

Johnson, Nathania (Oct 10, 2008): MIVA Releases Customizable ALOT Toolbar, Homepage, and Widgets URL:
ChrunchBase: Alot URL:
About Vertro, Inc. URL:

Created: 2013-03-14