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March 13th, 2005, 03:03 AM #1SpywareAssassin.com taken down
An interesting story going around the wires about an outfit called Maxtheater Inc based in Spokane who've been nailed by the FTC for selling fake spyware removal software (SpywareAssassin.com) - it generated false positives to drive sales, and then didn't actually remove real spyware at all when installed.
Maxtheater also seems to sell a sort of DIY projections system for PCs with an affiliate program - hopefully no ABWers have fallen for this.
March 16th, 2005, 11:50 AM #2
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- St Clair Shores MI.
Certainly the tip of the cybercrime games being played by those hawking Anti- adware -popups-spam - spyware -malware programs from every corner of the Globe. Some legit security groups have identified for FTC overview almost 170 BOGUS programs being advertised thru Google -Overture and a slew of other PPCSE's, plus BHO popup Ads duping web surfers right and left out of their Credit card and privacy info. Some even install spyware/adware/backdoor viruses and disable common detect/removal tools.
Google, and all, are tearing their hairs out getting the con-men, phishers, info peddling false fronts out of their PPCSE listings or face law suits once notified of the perps PPCSE actions.
Please do not be tricked into getting this WinAntivirus Pro 2004 (www.symantic.com )
What they try to do is trick you into thinking that your Symantec Norton AV subscription has expired and takes you to thier web site to sign up with them
The program is nothing but spyware and will leave you wide open to virus's
Some info on these people WinAntivirus.com and billingnow.com are the one and the same. And there's so much more with a network of con-men operated sites they also are connected with:
The domain itself redirects to http: //www.gotoo.com/treasure/Sym.html. However, it looks like the real product belongs to http: //www.winantivirus.com/. www.gotoo.com is a false front for hosting multiple cyber scammers and spam operators.
whois -h whois.geektools.com winantivirus.com ...
GeekTools Whois Proxy v5.0.3 Ready.
P.O. Box 3
Kiev, NA 04114
Domain name: WINANTIVIRUS.COM
Hostmaster, WinAntiVirus firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 3
Kiev, NA 04114
+380 44 496 04 59 Fax: +380 44 496 04 59Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie
"What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"