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November 14, 2005

Caught…

by @ 1:11 pm. Filed under Technology


There is good news on the war against Spyware. Spyware tracks your Interent activity, and bombards your computer with unwanted Pop Up Ads. A US District court located in Los Angeles has ordered a Web business to halt down loads. The court froze the assets of Enternet and charged it with unfair and deceptive practices in violation of the FTC Act. The company offered Internet users free browser upgrades, phone ring tones and music files. Enternet, also operates under the names Searchmiracle.com, c4tdownload.com and cash4toolbar.com. The FTC is alleging that Enternet was bundling Spyware with their download offers. According to the allegations…during downloads, the company caused “installation boxes” to pop up on users computer screens. In some cases the “installation boxes” offered freeware, such as music, mobile phone ring tones and song lyrics…in others the pop up boxes offered security patches and upgrades… however, when a user clicked on the box, his PC became infected with Spyware. In May the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would stiffen sentences and establish multi-million dollar fines for Spyware purveyors… still the US Senate has yet to take up the matter. Google, Microsoft and Webroot helped the FTC with the investigation.

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