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"Spy / Anti-Spy"
One of the most annoying and unscrupulous "marketing" (I use the word "marketing" loosely; for lack of a suitable term) techniques done on the Internet today, is to send spyware or adware in the guise of an email or something else such as an MP3 file or a video file.
Recently, while downloading some music, my PC caught a piece of adware that my "protection" programs failed to catch, since it was disguised as a video file that I was stupid enough to open after the player (Windows Media Player 11) had warned me that it may not be able to play the file because the file extension didn't match the file format. When I opened it, the piece of shit installed persistent pop-up warnings that my PC had been infected, and a recommendation to download some anti-spyware shit to delete it. I knew right away that this was bogus because I had just done a complete virus / spyware scan, and the warning message did not say it was from Avast! (name of the anti-virus program I use).
As it turns out, the spyware warning was REALLY adware in disguise, and the program being recommended to remove it does nothing else but remove the pop-up.... and only PRETENDS to find errors on the machine, and PRETENDS to fix them. The "company" doing this is www.cpmsky.biz and is in reality, an EXTORTION RACKET. They are like the manufacturers of RADAR speed guns – they then turn around and manufacture the RADAR detectors that motorists buy to keep from getting speeding tickets... it's the same principle with ONE exception; the recipient of SpyWare or AdWare is totally innocent of any wrong-doing or lawbreaking he or she is trying to avoid.
If you see anything like the following screens on your PC, they are not real warnings; the message itself is the infection, and purchasing the "software" the pop-ups lead you to will do NOTHING but remove the ad – until the next time you open an infected file.
On the subject of Adware, there is a particular popup ad for a spyware remover called SpyShredder. It is a spoof that "detects" a fake problem, and the company sells a fake solution that removes it.
I would like to see a FEDERAL law passed that AUTOMATICALLY initiates a civil lawsuit against any company using adware virus programs to advertise or promote a product – whether or not the "product" is functional or not. Under the law I propose, the company's assets, along with the PERSONAL assets of the company's principals would be seized, and upon a judgment of GUILTY, the assets would pay legal fees, court costs, and be equally distributed among the litigants in compensation for the time it takes to remove this crap, the cost of the software to do it, and in case of destructive viruses that wipe out a person or a company's work files, additional punitive damages and SERIOUS PRISON TIME.... like in New York's Attica, Auburn, or Sing-Sing. Once a few of these slimy bastards are raped in their prison cells, it would send a message to the rest of them that the price may be more than they are willing to pay.
I sent these unscrupulous scumbags the following email:
LISTEN YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES!!!
IF I DON'T GET AN email WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR REMOVAL OF THE SPYWARE YOU SENT TO MY PC, I WILL MAKE MORE FUCKING TROUBLE FOR YOU AND YOUR FUCKED-UP BUSINESS THAN YOU HAVE TIME TO FUCK WITH. I WILL POST ARTICLES ON
I will report this to www.RipOffReport.com
I will Blog it EVERYWHERE, and I will initiate a class action civil suit against your company to recover MY time and the time and assets of everyone you fucked up with this shit.
CALL MY BLUFF, MOTHERFUCKER
SEE IF IT DON'T HAPPEN!!!
A week later, the Assholes have not replied, and so I am going to do what I said I would do.
I have a NASTY little bug in my virus "toolkit" left over from the mid 1990s. It's called a "clock virus" – it "lives" in the last 2 digits of the CMOS clock. At midnight if your PC is powered up, this little bug turns your hard drive into a fuckin' pumpkin. It can be sent as a self-executing email. The only way to get rid of it is to remove the CMOS battery for a week (until the clock stops running); on a laptop, this requires major surgery, since CMOS batteries are usually soldered to the motherboard, and some are modules which contain the clock circuitry. In this case, the PC is trash.... maybe I'll send these bastards a good dose from MY virus collection!
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