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Old 10-01-2008, 09:30 AM   #1

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Default Microsoft and Washington AG crack down on "scareware" popups

As many of you would be aware, there are a few dodgy players in the online advertising market who have been buying up volumes of low-cost, remnant inventory through networks and using that space to trigger deceptive popunders that suggest there's something wrong with the recipient's computer. Often, these messages are made to appear as though they are Windows-style alert windows.

Apart from their deceptive appearance, these ads are often known to suggest that your PC requires urgent repair, while prompting you to visit a site to purchase a Registry Cleaner or similar. What's more, upon visiting the site in question, guests can be greeted with "free" diagnostic tools that miraculously find something "critical" that is wrong with any PC. Guests who purchase the software associated with these advertising campaigns, then, are allegedly tricked into doing so using deceptive and unethical practices.

Microsoft is hitting back at this trend by taking a number of "scareware" distributors to task. The company has joined the Attorney General of Washington State in taking legal action against these companies.

More on the cases that are in play at the moment may be found here:

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Old 10-02-2008, 06:03 PM   #2
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That is excellent. Not just newbies, even experienced net users get tricked by these criminals.
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