Crackdown On Sneaky Malware Firms Continues

from the shut-'em-down dept

It seems that the crackdown on adware/malware firms with sneaky installs is continuing pretty rapidly these days. Just after the FTC convinced Zango to pay up (though there are still questions about whether or not the company is abiding by the agreement), a district court has sided with the FTC in demanding that sneaky adware firm ERG and one of its affiliates cease distributing its software. Like so many of these applications, it worked by convincing people to download screensavers or videos, but included malware/spyware/adware in the bundle without making it clear to users or making it easy to remove. Of course, as we’ve seen before, it’s one thing to demand that these firms stop — it’s another if they actually obey.

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