Spyware maker Direct Revenue has been known for a long time as one of the nastier company's in the space. The whole litany of complaints includes sneaky installs (of course), regular name changes to escape reputation, and uninstalling competitors' adware (not sure why they didn't just stick to that, which people would have liked). Last year a class-action lawsuit was filed against the company, though it's not clear how effective that would be, given that most of the time it's the law firm looking for a payday. Finally, it looks like the book will be thrown at the company as NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has announced a lawsuit against them. Spitzer already won a big judgment against Intermix, and he should have no problem doing the same here. Fines and legal fees are becoming just another cost of business for these companies -- if anyone has the power and will to get these guys shut down, it's Spitzer.
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