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FTC Busts SpywareAssassin


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#1 Lobos

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 06:05 PM

On March 11, 2005 the U.S. Federal Trade Commission took action against MaxTheater, the company behind SpywareAssassin, an "anti-spyware" product that has been listed on these pages since July 4, 2004. In its complaint, the FTC specifically named several of the more deceptive and unfair practices that are employed by many of the "anti-spyware" applications listed on this page, namely:


    * falsely claiming to have scanned users' PCs remotely and detected "spyware"
    * using high pressure sales tactics through pop-ups and spam to compel users to buy its application, SpywareAssassin
    * selling an "anti-spyware" product that falsely detects "spyware" on users' PCs
    * selling an "anti-spyware" product that fails to remove a substantial amount of "spyware" from users' PCs



You can read more about the FTC's action against SpywareAssassin here:


<span style='color:blue'>Ad-Aware SE</span> | Spybot S&D 1.4

For extra protection try spyware blaster

<span style='color:blue'>If you use IE I suggest using these two programs</span> MVPHosts & IE-SPYAD

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 12:13 AM

Now thats good news.

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 12:53 AM

oops forgot the link lol sorry

this is where i saw it
http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

this is the actual press release

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2005/03/maxtheater.htm
<span style='color:blue'>Ad-Aware SE</span> | Spybot S&D 1.4

For extra protection try spyware blaster

<span style='color:blue'>If you use IE I suggest using these two programs</span> MVPHosts & IE-SPYAD

#4 jgweed

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Posted 19 March 2005 - 11:25 PM

And about time, too!

I am glad to see the FTC and other government agencies going after spammers, hackers, and other scum, especially those involved in identity theft.

Regards,
John
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