It appears that two popular antispyware companies, PestPatrol (owned by Computer Associates) and Lavasoft, have stopped detecting software from WhenU. In tests performed recently by Eric Howes, using the latest updated target database files, neither PestPatrol nor Ad-aware detected any software from WhenU.
WhenU makes ad serving software which is bundled with unrelated programs available for download for free from the internet. WhenU's software includes Save!, SaveNow and ClockSync. According to a PCPitstop user survey, 87% of persons with WhenU software on their computer had no idea how it became installed.
What led to the decision to delist WhenU's software after years of listing it as a target? One possible explanation is a recent change in the way WhenU's software is bundled into certain other programs. For instance, in the newest version of Bearshare, it is made very obvious that WhenU will be installed.
The Bearshare bundle has a very clear disclosure of WhenU and is a dramatic improvement over past versions. At present, it seems that only the Bearshare installer contains the new and improved WhenU disclosure. Other programs which bundle it still use the older, less acceptable methods.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure the reasons behind Lavasoft's and PestPatrol's apparent decision to cease targeting WhenU. There was no announcement from Lavasoft about removing WhenU's software from their target database. Questions from users about the absence of WhenU from Lavasoft's Ad-aware so far have gone unanswered.