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Three Indicted In Scareware Scam That Netted $100M 120

alphadogg writes "Three men are facing federal fraud charges for allegedly raking in more than $100 million while running an illegal 'scareware' business called Innovative Marketing that tricked victims into installing bogus software. The company's products generated so many consumer complaints that in 2008 the FTC brought a civil action against Innovative Marketing and call center partner Byte Hosting, effectively putting them out of business. On Wednesday, a grand jury in Chicago handed down criminal charges, meaning the three men now face jail time if convicted." One of the men indicted is in Ohio and the others are believed to be in Ukraine and Sweden. Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit helped out with the case.
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Three Indicted In Scareware Scam That Netted $100M

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  • This is why... (Score:4, Informative)

    by smooth wombat (796938) on Friday May 28, 2010 @11:29AM (#32377530) Journal

    I tell everyone, both at work and the few who know I work in the IT field, that whenever you are asked if you to install something, the answer is always no. I don't care if it tells you your computer will explode and burn your house down, the answer is no. I don't care if it tells you that 1 million babies will be killed if you don't install the software. The answer is still no.

    No, no, no, no, no!

    Of course not making them admin helps in this regard, but malware can still find a way to install itself so the answer is always no when asked if you want to install "Ultimate Web Cleaner Deluxe Plus!".

  • Re:Fake AVs (Score:4, Informative)

    by armanox (826486) <> on Friday May 28, 2010 @11:53AM (#32377844) Homepage Journal
    Have you tried recently? More recent versions disable safe mode, have no uninstaller, and can keep me busy for an entire day.
  • Re:Fake AVs (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, 2010 @01:02PM (#32378738)

    One word.... "Combofix"

    Seems to remove it everytime I use it.

  • Re:Fake AVs (Score:5, Informative)

    by Xoltri (1052470) on Friday May 28, 2010 @02:35PM (#32380382)
    Instead of using kill process tree you can use suspend process. That way it won't relaunch itself or other related processes. Then you can kill them all without having to click really really fast.
  • Re:Fake AVs (Score:4, Informative)

    by DigiShaman (671371) on Friday May 28, 2010 @09:55PM (#32385846) Homepage

    That's because the EXE file association was hijacked. Once you run an EXE, Windows makes a callback to the Malware. If you right-click on the EXE file however, I've found that you can opened it up with another option in the context menu.

    The registry value that Windows should be set to

    The (Default) key should be set to:
    "%1" %*

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