Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Court Halts Bogus Computer Scans

"At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has issued a temporary halt to a massive 'scareware' scheme, which falsely claimed that scans had detected viruses, spyware, and illegal pornography on consumers’ computers. According to the FTC, the scheme has tricked more than one million consumers into buying computer security products such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus. The court also froze the assets of those responsible for the scheme, to preserve the possibility of providing consumers with monetary redress."


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