FTC wins injunction against false anti-spyware firm

By Derek Sooman on July 5, 2005, 4:53 AM
The Federal Trade Commission has won an injunction against Trustsoft and the company's principal Danilo Ladendorf in order to stop the company from sending pop-ups and spam. The company's spam was (is) trying to get consumers to pay for an "anti-spyware" program that did not work as claimed.

The FTC alleged defendants told users their computers had been remotely "scanned" and spyware had been "detected" even though no such scan had been performed. The defendants then urged users to visit a website to get a "free scan" for spyware.
The scan (which itself was free) would inform users spyware had been "detected" even though no such scan had been performed. The "scan" in fact identified a number of legitimate programs, such as anti-virus and office applications, as spyware. Users were then encouraged to pay $39.95 to get their hands on SpyKiller's "removal" capabilities, and remove the "problem."

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stiennon said:
A good move by the FTC. Kind of a secondary way of going after Spyware purveyors. Now, if only they could nab a few of the Spyware creeps. More at my security blog: [url]http://www.threatchaos.com[/url]
MikeRed said:
As a buyer of many computer systems for heavy duty international oilfield work. I always instal cerrtain progras. continually check for check out numerous protection softwares from Pop-up Blokers, anti spyware, firewall, virus softwarw AVG, Norton, amd embedded features offerred by the operating system and various popular browsers. I can state that I have been hijacked on numerous times but eventually managed to correct the fault. I continually run three spykiller programs, Spyhunter, Spysubstract and Spykiller. Whilst I may not be an expert in such progems I refute that Spykiller did anything FTC state in their injuction, with possible exception of agressive marketing techniques which I am glad to announce, all 160 odd ,other spyware companies do exactly the same.Surely bigger fish would be in constant trouble with their software in respect to saying it works perfetly, why do we have to keep installing service packs, and security patches. TRUSTSOFT inform that they are no longer allowed to sell or support Spykiller under orders from FTC. Hence the 400,000 happy customers of Trustsoft (and the 100 or so who had someform of complaint are now the proud owners oF software that will no longer recieve regular update files. Thank you FCT. This is like Ford removing a line of vehicles and then telling the thousands of customers who had bought that model that they can't have any spares or service.....I can also tell you that Spykiller is by far he best of the prrograms we use which puts it in the top 5 antispyware prodcuts. Oh and by the way you can, sorry, could have bought it for around $26.
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