MyWay is another offer of the American company Mindspark, which offers pages like MyAllSearch or myWebSearch. MyWay uses the Google search. Technically it is a search interface with its own start and result page. MyWay pursues an aggressive marketing strategy (self-installation without the user's consent) which is why it is also known as a virus or unwanted program.
|Developer||The Excite Network (changed its name to Focus Interactive in 2002)|
|Country of Origin||US America|
|2002 - 2003||The Excite Network (changed its name to Focus Interactive in 2002)|
|2002 - 2003||Focus Interactive (changed its name to Interactive Search Holdings in 2003)|
|2003 - 2005||Interactive Search Holdings (renamed to IAC Consumer Applications & Portals (“IAC CAP”) in 2005)|
|2005 - 2009||IAC Consumer Applications & Portals (renamed to Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc in 2009)|
|2009 - [...]||Mindspark|
|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|
|Wikipedia: »Mindspark Interactive Network was incorporated in 1999 under the name CTC Bulldog, Inc. On January 20, 1999, the idea for its first product, iWon.com, was conceived by its co-founders Bill Daugherty and Jonas Steinman, and led to a subsequent office opening at Irvington, NY. On October 5, 1999, iWon.com was launched and the company name was changed from "CTC Bulldog, Inc." to "iWon.com, Inc."
On Oct 1, 2000, iWon.com, Inc. launched the sales team, and offices were opened in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. On Nov 18, 2001, the company purchased Excite.com assets out of bankruptcy. The company then changed its name to The Excite Network.
On Oct 1, 2002, The Excite Network launched an online portal called MyWay.com, which replicated many of Yahoo's popular features without advertisements, fees and intrusive privacy policies. In the same year, the company launched several entertainment products such as SmileyCentral and PopularScreensavers, and changed its name to Focus Interactive. In November 2015, the myway.com site posted, "After many years, we have decided to shut down the MyWay website. The site will be available until the end of December 5th, 2015." [Note: The search engine is still available in February 2016]« Source|
Features & Functionality
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindspark_Interactive_Network#myWebSearch_Toolbar|