The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it has received a restraining order against and frozen the assets of TrustSoft and their SpyKiller program, a program which, the FTC says, was nothing more than a scam.
According to the FTC, users who visited the SpyKiller website were offered a free spyware scan on the spot; while their computer was supposedly being scanned a message was displayed saying â€œSpyware Found on your PC:â€?, and which included a section called â€œLive Spyware Processes”. In fact, these “live spyware processes” found by SpyKiller were regular legitimate programs, such as word processors or just about any other running program, including, ironically, legitimate anti-spyware and virus programs.
Once the alleged spyware was found, of course, users were encouraged to buy the SpyKiller product, for about $40.00, in order to have the ‘spyware’ removed.
TrustSoft also sent out spam telling recipients that they had scanned their computers remotely, and inviting them to come to the SpyKiller website for their free scam..er..scan.
Now, thanks to the FTC, hopefully this is one spyware scan scam which will scam no more.
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