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Spam King will (Temporarily) Stop Loading Spyware Onto PCs

According to an article by Jason Lopez on NewsFactor Network, Spam King Sanford Wallace has agreed to follow the terms of a temporary restraining order (issued in October!) to stop installing spyware on computers without the permission of their owners.The…

  • January 5, 2005

According to an article by Jason Lopez on NewsFactor Network, Spam King Sanford Wallace has agreed to follow the terms of a temporary restraining order (issued in October!) to stop installing spyware on computers without the permission of their owners.

The spyware that Wallace installed alegedly displayed advertisements for anti-spyware programs that Wallace was selling. The programs did what they promised to do — they removed the programs that Wallace had installed.

According to the FTC, the installation of software on a user’s PC without the permission of the user constitutes a violation of federal law.

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