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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Courts fight back at spyware pusher

A federal court has shut down a Nevada company called ERG Ventures LLC. The Federal Trade Commission accused ERG with spreading spyware and adware on the Internet using the Media Motor program. Microsoft has also filed a lawsuit charging that a number of ERG Venture's affiliates used screensavers and other software to infect users PCs.

The malware installed by Media Motor changes browser home pages and adds toolbars that generate popup ads.

They didn't tell users about the numerous hidden programs that would be installed with the screen savers, and provided only an illusory option to stop installation.

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