Microsoft & Washington State Sue Scammers for Selling Useless Software

Microsoft and Washington State have jointly filed a lawsuit to crack down Internet scammers who use "scareware" to sell worthless and often harmful software. The charges are filed under Washington's Computer spyware Act.

"Scareware" is a name assigned to those software that are crafted to appear as warnings from Windows, Vista or XP. They normally warn the user that it has detected a malware, though fake, on his computer and the problem can be solved using their software. However, the consumer ends up wasting money for useless software or gets his system infected with spyware.

Of the various scareware programs, the most infamous is antivirus XP 2008.

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