US FTC shuts down shpywarer; M$ asks damages

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Tester, Nov 15, 2006.

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    http://www.betanews.com/article/Microsoft_FTC_Sue_Spyware_Distributor/1163542276


    The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that a court has shut down a
    spyware operation run by ERG Ventures, which installed malware on
    millions of consumers' computers. Microsoft followed up the news
    Tuesday by filing its own lawsuit against the individual behind the
    company, Timothy P. Taylor.

    Taylor allegedly used screensavers and video files as Trojans to
    surreptitiously install spyware in the background. The program, Media
    Motor, changed users' home pages, added toolbars and pop-up
    advertising to the Web browser, tracked Internet activity, put icons
    on the Windows desktop, and disabled antivirus software.


    The FTC says the programs installed by Media Motor were nearly
    impossible to remove, and were placed onto consumers' computers
    whether or not they accepted the end-user license agreement. ERG
    Ventures and Timothy P. Taylor were charged by the agency with
    violating the FTC act, which bars unfair and deceptive practices
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