Zango (formerly 180 Solutions) disappeared in 2009 after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) landed it with a $3 million fine but one now one of its progeny, YapBrowser, appears to have resurrected itself, possibly with the help of a UK-registered company.
The old YapBrowser - the original program from 2006 - was what some experts termed 'crapware', a useless program that made elaborate but false claims as a security product but in fact benefitted nobody other than its creators. It didn't install malware but adopted some of the behaviour of spyware, specifically redirecting Internet searches to ads.
Boyd reports that the latest incarnation appears to clone the old executable's behaviour, right down to its end user license agreement wording and the mention of long-dead domains once used to contact its creators.
The claims are much the same as in 2006 and equally ludicrous.
"Download YapBrowser for free and forget about getting to sites containing harmful exploits. Your computer will be free from viruses breeding online," reads the blurb on the software's distribution domain reachable as the second entry on Google.