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Gator Finally Dies
After years of sleaze and several different names...
by Karl Bode 04:49PM Wednesday Oct 01 2008
For many years we've covered the shady exploits of a company named Gator, who published infectious crapware -- then tried to sue anyone who criticized their product. Gator eventually changed their name to Claria -- a superficial attempt at rebranding. Unfortunately for them they were just as unethical, and their bad reputation killed potential acquisitions (Microsoft being one) and stymied IPO efforts. Apparently, the company recently tried one last attempt under the name JellyCloud, but that didn't go so well. It appears after years of tormenting the Internet, that Gator has finally died. We'll let you mourn and comfort one another in the comment section below.

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SLD
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Yay!

See subject...

BTW, the original article claims they changed the name to "JellyCloud" (not Jellyfish).
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RadioDoc
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Re: Yay!

Mmmmmm. Gator. Tastes like chicken.
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Ahrenl

join:2004-10-26
North Andover, MA

Re: Yay!

God I hated that company. Can't count how many times I had to clean it off of various relatives computers as it hijacked web browsers.

Anonymous_
Anonymous
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5 new ones will replace it

5 new ones will replace it

MysticGogeta
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Re: 5 new ones will replace it

Agreed company dies, but the developers scatter to other company's.
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ctggzg
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Re: 5 new ones will replace it

said by MysticGogeta:

Agreed company dies, but the developers scatter to other company's.
Developers code what they're told to code, whether the company does good or evil.

NetAdmin1
CCNA

join:2008-05-22
said by Anonymous_:

5 new and MUCH worse ones will already replace it
Fixed it for you...

Anyone remember when Gator first came out? 1999. Damn.

said by »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claria_Corporation :

Originally released in 1999, Gator was most frequently installed together with programs being offered free of charge, such as Go!Zilla, or Kazaa.[citation needed] The development of these programs is partially funded by revenue from advertising displayed by Gator.[citation needed] As of mid-2003 Gator was installed on an estimated 35 million PCs.[2] It has been installed through misleading or surreptitious means in the past, usually without disclosing that it will be monitoring web browsing habits and displaying ads based on profiling of the user.[citation needed]

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steelyken

join:2002-03-04
Plainfield, IN

Re: 5 new ones will replace it

I really thought Go!Zilla was the poop when I first found it.
It was poop, alright.

Mactron
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Kinda like Wack a Mole. These low life just keep popping up.

Dogfather
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Laguna Hills, CA

1 recommendation

Kudos to PCPitStop

And others who openly assailed these a-holes.

cyboid
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Medford, OR

Goodbye

and good riddance...may all your freinds and competitors follow you down the rat-hole.
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cabana
Department of Adjustments
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New York, NY

1 recommendation

Re: Goodbye

Love to have been at that table when they were rebranding... "I know I know... let's call it... JellyCloud" !!!

I mean really JellyCloud?... they should have gone out of business just for the name

MagMan
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Westlake, OH

1 recommendation

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

RickNY
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I'd trade..


I'd trade Gator today for some of the nasty crap that has come along since then.. At least Gator was relatively easy to remove.. The stuff that has come out since then (i.e. XP Antivirus 2008, Spyware Sheriff, all variants of Virtumondo) has in some cases been nightmares to get rid of.

cork1958
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Re: I'd trade..

said by RickNY:

I'd trade Gator today for some of the nasty crap that has come along since then.. At least Gator was relatively easy to remove.. The stuff that has come out since then (i.e. XP Antivirus 2008, Spyware Sheriff, all variants of Virtumondo) has in some cases been nightmares to get rid of.
I know Spybot really considers those ones you mention as baddies, but, unbelievably, I still have yet to find a computer that has those ones on it.

But, yeah, good riddance to this particular niusance!!
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Doctor Four
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Next to go down: Zango

One could only hope. This company is nearly as sleazy with its practices as Gator/Claria once was, and like them, they changed their name in a failed effort to improve their image. They were once called 180 Solutions.
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ender7074

join:2006-11-21
Saint Louis, MO

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I miss..

my Banzai Buddy We had such great times together while he destroyed my pc! Rest in peace with the Gator!
dentman42
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Columbus, OH

Re: I miss..

said by ender7074:

my Banzai Buddy We had such great times together while he destroyed my pc! Rest in peace with the Gator!
He'll be back... WhenUwant
TurtleFan

join:2003-05-03
Wyckoff, NJ
said by ender7074:

my Banzai Buddy We had such great times together while he destroyed my pc! Rest in peace with the Gator!
I got a good laugh out of this one . speaking of annoyances, I remember way back around 1995 when I kept on getting a spam newsletter that constantly bombarded my email account, and back in the days of dial up, it was a biatch to download over and over again.... Wish I could remember what that annoyance was..

Rob
In Deo speramus.
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Kendall, FL
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Claria..

Claria ... seriously.. doesn't that sound like a name of an STD?

Killa200
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Southeast TN

Re: Claria..

yes, hence why it fits for them,

kamm

join:2001-02-14
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Claria..

Yep, nomen est omen.

Another PoS parasite bites the dust, good - now only if rest of the scumbags would die, starting with fake RIAA/MPAA-mob "media" companies...

Transmaster
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Purple Monkey

I have a vague memory something that had a purple monkey that infested your desktop. What ever happened to that turd?
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Re: Purple Monkey

said by Transmaster:

I have a vague memory something that had a purple monkey that infested your desktop. What ever happened to that turd?
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonzi_Buddy

Doctor Four
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Boy was that thing annoying as hell, and quite difficult to completely remove as well. And of course once you installed it, it would nag you incessantly about purchasing add-ons.
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Transmaster
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Re: Purple Monkey

Bonzi Buddy Oh how could I forget this piece of Internet excrement. Then there is the CueCat I wonder how much money Radio Shack lost on that little thing.
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zoom314

join:2005-11-21
Yermo, CA

One down and who knows

One down and who knows how many others are out there.
Vtr_Racing

join:2006-09-04
Pflugerville, TX

No use for it

I never saw the use for Gator/GoZilla....Made sure none of that junk was on my PC.

NebuAd

@ntl.com

NebuAd is directly conected to the key Gator people

your all forgetting that NebuAd is directly connected to the key Gator and Claria Corporation executive people, why is that?

NebuAd Ex-employees create an ISP-installed advertising appliance.
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CycloneGT2

join:2001-11-15
Boyds, MD

Gotta get Gator

Great, now who's going to remember all of my passwords for me?

Bye Gator... So long 8hr spyware removal sessions

dvd536
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Re: Gotta get Gator

said by CycloneGT2:

Bye Gator... So long 8hr spyware removal sessions
Virtumondo still keeps the dollars flowing my way.
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Corehhi

join:2002-01-28
Bluffton, SC

Ding dong the witch is dead

Most annoying "software maker" of all time I think.

DOStradamus
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join:2003-11-04
Santa Rosa, CA

Paging Buffy!!

Anyone for a little "Preventative Maintenance"?? I say we bury Gator with a wooden stake "pre-installed" and configured, so he never rises again!

-NK

David
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1 recommendation

here's what I remember.

Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware
Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware
Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware
Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware

Shedding no tears here.... They pretty much helped me pay for my generous down payment for my house because of their crapware
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armyrebel4
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Re: here's what I remember.

Nicely said.

afdfdsfd

@comcast.net

Their website is still up and running.

Their website is still up and running.

CurtesyFlush
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Who hit Nelly in the belly with a load of jelly?

JellyCloud... very apropos considering what jelly is a euphemism for and how Gator fucked with daily life on the internet for so many years.

Good riddance, slimeballs. Sue this.....
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Ammler
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Claria who?

You mean they were still around???

I remember when Gator first hit the PC scene. Some of the younger people in the office actually installed it on their work PC's, acting like it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I knew it couldn't be a good thing, so I researched exactly what this company did. I then knew I wanted no part of it.

My wife's cousin installed the "Banzai Buddy" on her PC and thought it was hilarious. Once again, I had suspicions, and when I found out, not for me!

Fluker

join:2005-04-07
West Lafayette, IN

What i'd like to know

Where do these jerks pushing malware find such damn good hosting?

If I download media from Microsoft, Apple, Google etc., I am LUCKY if I can get 130KB a sec.

But this morning I started was creating virtual machines to infect, and those damn malware sites were able to saturate a 20megabit pipe with their downloads.
ophelus

join:2004-01-11
Kansas City, MO

why is a subject needed?

Didn't the company make a product.. that helped you remember your credit card/billing info and other stuff you copy and pasted.. at the time I didn't understand the attraction..

As today (as in then) I keep all that stuff in a file.. and copy and paste it myself.. the only thing this application did was store your data and save you from opening said file, highlighting and clicking copy...