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Spyware Bloke ?

According to the Inquirer the Bloke has spyware named after him. Spyware executive Sanford Wallace and his two companies, Seismic Entertainment Productions and SmartBot.Net will be the first to have the dubious honour of being charged by the FTC.

Apparently it hijacks web browsers, causes CD-ROM trays to mysteriously slide open and slows down computers or causes them to cease working altogether. It exploits a hole in Vole’s Internet Explorer and users unwittingly download the software when they click on loaded banner adds.

After their machine goes mad they get a lot of “pop ups telling them to buy programs called Spy Wiper or Spy Deleter to clean up the mess from Seismic Entertainment Productions or SmartBot.Net.

The US Federal Trade Commission has asked a federal court to shut down an operation that it said disables users’ computers in an attempt to bully them into buying anti-spyware products.

Although in the last couple of weeks the government has voted in some tough new spyware laws, Wallace has been charged under an age old deceptive business law. The FTC have asked the court to shut down Wallace’s operations and force him to return any cash he has made.

Written October 17th, 2004 by | 4 Comments | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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  1. What in your opinion is the best spyware removal program?

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 2:47 pm said...

    @onlinespywareremoval, I’ve used most of them and I don’t think there is one best software out there. Paid-for software isn’t necessarily a benchmark for being better either. A lot of the free ones work just as well.

    I believe a combination of a firewall/malware security suite as your front-line defense, plus immunization software for hardening your system works best. I currently use F-Secure Security Suite which comes free with my ISP provider, plus the free SpywareBlaster and Spybot Search and Destroy software.

    I also recommend using a router with hardware firewall and occasionally use the online scanners just to be sure. So far so good.

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  2. I remember this story. I hope this resonated across the industry to get companies to stop tricking people into buying their products.. There is enough garbage online the way it is.

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  3. I have saved so many peoples pc’s with MalwareBytes. I keep a copy on a memory stick just in case I can’t get online due to the Malware or Spyware.

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