By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
In an apparent attempt to rid itself of the image of an aggressive adware pusher, 180solutions is alerting PC users whose PCs run its ad-serving software and is offering tips on removing it.
In addition to popping up ads on PC screens, the Bellevue, Wash.-based company on Monday started displaying messages on user PCs that inform users that the software is installed on their system, said 180solutions spokesman Sean Sundwall. The message explains the software displays ads and offers a link to uninstall information, he said.
As is common with adware, many users may have unwittingly installed 180solutions' product. It may even have installed itself in a so-called drive-by-install, where Web browser vulnerabilities are used to drop and install software on PCs when users visit malicious Web sites. 180solutions software is installed on 20 million PCs, the company said.
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