FTC Cracks Down on Bogus Virus-Removal Software


It’s a gut-wrenching feeling when a computer owner realizes that his or her computer may be infected with a virus. Immediately, one’s thoughts turn to the data that could be permanently lost — documents and pictures that may be difficult or impossible to replace. Next comes the realization that if the documents can be recovered (if the computer can even be saved) it will be a costly and time-consuming process to obtain and install effective virus-removal software.

Companies and individuals who took advantage of these fears recently settled with the FTC in the amount of $8.2 million. Defendant Marc D’Souza and others who did business under several names, including Innovative Marketing and ByteHosting Internet Services, used online advertisements that falsely claimed that viewers’ computers were infected with viruses. The advertisements made it appear that the computer was running a scan that detected viruses, spyware, and illegal pornography on consumers’ computers. The “scan” then recommended that in order to remove the malware, the consumer buy the defendant’s bogus security software, which cost $39.95 or more.

Please see full article below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Ifrah PLLC | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Ifrah PLLC on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.