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Spyware Vendor Busted!

Discussion in 'Security' started by anthonycea, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. #1
    You will love this story, this guy infects computer users boxes with spyware/adware, then he offers to remove it for $30.00.

    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/2004-10-07-ftc-spyware_x.htm

    What will they think of next?

    Smoke these, get cancer and we will charge you 200 grand to try to cure you :D
    SEMrush
     
    anthonycea, Oct 9, 2004 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Colleen

    Colleen Illustrious Member

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    Wow that's some nerve, it's good he got caught, now he can pay the price.
     
    Colleen, Oct 9, 2004 IP
  3. hey

    hey Peon

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    It sounded like it was one guy in your description but it was a company that put popup adware and than after awhile showed get spyware blaster (popups)for $30 to remove it .
     
    hey, Oct 9, 2004 IP
  4. anthonycea

    anthonycea Banned

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    #4
    The Russian Mafia uses fake anti-spyware sites to do drive by downloads of spyware.

    Google is letting fake spyware companies buy Adwords also, this is a known fact.

    Be careful when you see anyone advertisng spyware/adware software or even websites that make claims to be anti-spyware sites. :mad:
     
    anthonycea, Oct 9, 2004 IP
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    softcontest.com Guest

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    I had one computer that was being constantly infected with some spyware that kept advertising this spyware removal tool... can't remember the name. Antivirus software couldn't find nor remove it, but SP2 seems to have stopped it...

    Oh well, they should really pass a law against this stuff, it's so much worse than spam.
     
    softcontest.com, Oct 13, 2004 IP
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    ehman Guest

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    a really good place to go if you are worried about this sort of thing is spywareinfo.com
     
    ehman, Oct 13, 2004 IP
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    Sounds like a PRBot thing to me... :D
     
    thedude, Oct 13, 2004 IP
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    hulkster Peon

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    Sanford Wallace has quite a "career/reputation" in the spam arena - despite saying he is "born again", I don't find it surprising that he is listed ...
     
    hulkster, Oct 14, 2004 IP
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    iBypass Peon

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    They did pass a law, the user has to aggree to install the software....does not seem to have taken effect yet.

    I'll see if I can find a link to the site that was talking about it.
     
    iBypass, Oct 15, 2004 IP
  10. Western

    Western Well-Known Member

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    It happened to me ones
    had to format my computer
    it was sad process.. :mad:
     
    Western, Oct 21, 2004 IP
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    sapphiro15 Peon

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    I hate having to remove it from my little cousins computers. They are so innocent and they dont know what they are doing when they get something like new emoticons for msn, the spyware comes along.

    Its that stupid 180 Search Assistant crap. I really wonder how much they make from ads.
     
    sapphiro15, Nov 7, 2004 IP
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    anthonycea Banned

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    #12
    If you have problems with spyware and adware or any malware see the following page for direct links to free downloads of the best software available to remove spyware.

    http://searchwars.squarespace.com/free-software-downloads/

    :eek: :) ;)
     
    anthonycea, Nov 7, 2004 IP
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    younghistorians Well-Known Member

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    They did? Or only in California?
     
    younghistorians, Nov 8, 2004 IP
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    Cartman Active Member

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    Same here.. I'm usually on top of things, but a pop-up came up and I accidently hit "Yes" without thinking, and it literally destroyed my computer. Ironically, I clean spyware on a daily basis as part of my job (moron users who like to install junk), but my case was pretty bad.. Even after I cleaned everything up, the computer wasn't running right, and a reformat was the only option.

    XP SP2 is great, it's really made it hard for things to get installed unnoticed anymore!
     
    Cartman, Nov 11, 2004 IP
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    debunked Prominent Member

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    On a friends computer with win98, even after cleaning it would have errors in IE, etc... I had them download MS updates (on dialup, I wasn't going to wait) and after those were installed, they don't have the errors anymore. Most IE updates are to patch the holes.
     
    debunked, Nov 11, 2004 IP