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FireSphere

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#1 13 years ago
'Spam King' to Stop Invading Computers CONCORD, N.H. - Under an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, a man known as the "Spam King" will stop infecting computers with advertising programs until a federal lawsuit against him is resolved. Sanford Wallace and his companies, SmartBot.net Inc. of Richboro, Pa., and Seismic Entertainment Productions Inc. of Rochester, are required by the agreement to send online ads only to people who visit their Web sites. The government says Wallace used spyware to infiltrate computers, overwhelming them with ads and other programs. Then, he tried to sell programs he claimed would fix the problems. The government said the remedies do not work. "The commission does believe this is great relief for consumers until the matter is ultimately resolved in the courts," said Laura Sullivan, a lawyer for the FTC. "This provides wonderful protection for consumers in the interim." No trial date has been set. Spyware programs monitor which Web sites a consumer visits and some redirect users to different sites. This can make computers extremely sluggish and often causes them to crash. U.S. District Judge Joseph DiClerico issued a temporary restraining order against Wallace in October to prevent him from sending ads. Hearings on that order planned for this week were canceled because the agreement made them unnecessary. Wallace has said he is being persecuted because of his past involvement in junk Internet mailings. He headed a company called Cyber Promotions in the 1990s that sent as many as 30 million junk e-mails daily to consumers, earning him the nicknames "Spam King" and "Spamford." He left the company after lawsuits from America Online and CompuServe. Wallace moved to Las Vegas last summer. He recently shut down a nightclub he ran in Rochester and placed Seismic Entertainment, the company that ran it, in bankruptcy.

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Elem3nt

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#2 13 years ago

Download spybot search and destroy, it is GREAT at removing spyware.




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#3 13 years ago

This guy should be put to jail for a few years for what he has done to people. I have had to do system restore on my computer five or six times because of people like this guy.




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#4 13 years ago

Yes, SpyBot: Search and Destroy and AdAware SE are the best combo for killing off Spyware/Adware.




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#5 13 years ago

What a true low-life. I find people such as this man to be no less guilty than hackers themselves, both of whom deserve a significant prison sentence for their infringements on the rights of others. Furthermore, I do not find it surprising that he has driven himself into a bit of a downward spiral, earning a bad name for himself, being hit by (at least) two lawsuits and running a large entertainment business into bankruptcy.

My dad's computer had been running at an extremely sluggish rate itself before it underwent a upgrade, and there is little doubt in my mind that is was due to such adware and spyware.




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#6 13 years ago

Same for my computer. If I could punch this guy, I would accidently put keys in between my middle and index finger and nail him right in the eye.




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#7 13 years ago

I personally use AdAware, and am totally satisfied with it




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#8 13 years ago

You shouldn't be, because you shouldn't have to be using it in the first place.




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#9 13 years ago
Master of RealityYes, SpyBot: Search and Destroy and AdAware SE are the best combo for killing off Spyware/Adware.

Yeah I recommend using a combo of proggies. Also using FireFox is HIGHLY recommended to stop a lot of junk before it even tries to get to your computer.




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#10 13 years ago

I have heard so many positive reports on Firefox that I may just resort to using it as a substitute for Internet Explorer as soon as I have my second system built. :uhm: