Published: January 4, 2005, 1:53 PM PST
By Reuters A U.S. Internet marketer has agreed to stop inundating computers with unwanted "spyware" that can disable users' computers while he fights a lawsuit from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Sanford Wallace and his two companies, Seismic Entertainment Productions and SmartBot.Net, have agreed to stop distributing programs that secretly crawl onto Web surfers' computers, though they will be able to display pop-up ads, according to an agreement filed on Dec. 20.
The agreement, filed in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H., remains in place until the FTC's charges of deceptive business practices are settled.
The FTC sued Wallace in October in a case widely touted as the first federal attempt to crack down on spyware. The FTC said Wallace's software disables computers in an attempt to bully their owners into buying anti-spyware products.