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Microsoft Corp. and the state of Washington this week filed lawsuits against a slew of "scareware" purveyors, scam artists who use fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for worthless computer security software.
The case filed by the Washington attorney general's office names Texas-based Branch Software and its owner James Reed McCreary IV, alleging that McCreary's company caused targeted PCs to pop up misleading security alerts about security threats on the victims' computers. The alerts warned users that their systems were "damaged and corrupted" and instructed them to visit a Web site to purchase a copy of Registry Cleaner XP for $39.95.
[edited by: engine at 2:56 pm (utc) on Sep. 30, 2008]
But, well, seriously, it is good they're taking auction against these people.
joined:Dec 29, 2003
I still see this and many more attacks that are perfectly preventable.
"actual clicking behavioural pattern"
I've seen ads on major download websites with 'Your computer is infected' warnings. Often these adverts appear to be the actual download button for the effective software I was looking for. I'm not talking about junk sites here, it's the big mirror sites that are helping to push this junk out.
No wonder average users get confused, half the time PC's are a guessing game for them anyway.
Still, it does bring me an income but my sense of morality would rather it doesn't exist.
It happened to one of my computers at home last year. I have no idea how I got infected. I am very good at spotting scams and potential scumware but somehow it got through.
But good for Microsoft for nailing one of them.