What You Can Do
Do you believe that Gator needs to exercise more care in getting permission
to install and informing users about the license terms they are accepting?
If so, here are some things you can do to encourage Gator to change its
policies and practices.
All PC Users
Remove Gator applications and
replace them with alternatives.
Let us know about your experiences with Gator or similar software--good and bad--in
Tell your friends and business associates to check for Gator applications,
and let them know they can come to PC Pitstop for more information and
If you inadvertently installed GAIN, look at the GAIN ads you are getting.
Send email to the advertisers and tell them you do not approve of this
method of advertising.
Document any time that you lost in tracking down an unauthorized installation
of GAIN on the PC, or from system instability that disappeared once GAIN
If you feel that Gator or other software did not provide adequate or clear
disclosure of its terms before installing on your PC,
file a complaint
with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Urge your elected representatives
to address the disclosure issue with legislation that
would empower the FTC to act, such as the
Safeguard Against Privacy Invasions Act.
Create a written policy to ensure that your advertising agents know your company does
not want to advertise using GAIN or similar ad networks.
If you use Overture for keyword-based advertising, ask that they exclude your
keyword searches from GAIN and Gator's Search Scout.
Publicly assure your customers that your company will not support GAIN until Gator
changes its policies to improve the installation process and license disclosure.
Discuss Gator with your PC support personnel and determine its impact on your business.
Establish policies and procedures to prevent unwanted software installation
inside your organization.
Have your web site staff determine whether your company's web site is being
targeted by GAIN advertising.