Microsoft sues makers of RegistryCleanerXP

By Justin Mann on September 30, 2008, 11:50 AM
The fight against spammers and those who push malware and spyware has taken many faces, and resulted in people being taken to court many times. Usually, though, the lawsuits come from the Government, not from individual businesses. That's why this latest lawsuit involving Microsoft is so interesting. Microsoft, partnering with the state of Washington, has decided to take a Texas company to court over their “abuse” of the Messenger service built in to Windows.

The company, who produces “RegistryCleanerXP”, is no doubt known by many technicians as nothing more than company selling a fake cure. Not everyone is aware of that, though, and according to Microsoft and the Washington state Attorney General, the company gives customers a “false” sense of security.

The companies are fly-by-night operations, demonstrated by the fact that Microsoft and the state do not even know the identities of many people they are suing. We all know the answer to spyware and malware isn't in the courts, but at least they are trying.

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Auldsod said:
We PC home users of single PCs, compute for our enjoyment. not for profit, and we love our PCs and the Internet. We pay a lot for this privilege. But the Internet is being - or rather, has been - ruined by the "anything goes" policy which pervades it. We are sick and tired of being ripped off by scurrulous scammers and their blanantly malicious schemes, spawned by GREED, and it is high time we had some control over OUR Internet by a competent authority. We would just love to surf without the accompanying angst, and the cost of having to buy ever more expensive security applications. Instead of enjoying our Internet activities, we have become hawk-eyed and very, very wary. This is a dreadful state of affairs. - Auldsod
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