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| Spyware - Federal Trade Commission
Okay, now that you have read the hijacking article and cleaned all the spyware, malware and such off of your PC it is now time to report these sleazy marketers. I for one have contacted my elected officials in the senate and house of representatives via email and postal mail. I have also filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Congress if finally getting their act together in regards to spyware/malware/sleezeware, but without pressure from us it will only stall and eventually fall to the way side.
It has been said that marketers are placing software on our computers that we are not aware of (hence the name spyware - malware - sleezeware - etc.). If a marketer barged into your home without permission it would be called trespass or breaking and entering. If they came in unannounced into your home and then proceeded to break things it would also be called criminal damage or malicious mischief.
Well if it is criminal to enter my home and damage my possessions how is it that a underhanded/sleazy marketer can enter my computer, install what they want and cause all sorts of problems by screwing up my machine with their software? Legally they can't and until consumers understand that they can do something about it then these sleazy marketers will do as they wish. It is time to hold these people and companies accountable for their actions.
If you followed through my earlier article on browser hijacking you most likely installed SpySweeper or AdAware, and if so, then there is a log of what was removed. Print it out and send it to the Federal Trade Commission (see address below) and to your local legislators (Congressman, Senator, etc.), include a letter about all the frustration you have experienced trying to regain control of YOUR computer, which is after all your personal property that YOU paid for. Hopefully Congress will ultimately add some criminal measures to their proposed anti-spyware laws and then we can prosecute the people that have caused us so much frustration. I for one would love to see a few class-action status lawsuits so that everyone that had problems with spyware could get back a little of what was taken from them.
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| We use SpySweeper ourselves on many clients computers because it cleans and then continues to protect from spyware in the future (sort of the way anti-virus programs protect from viruses). On more than one occasion we have cleaned hundreds and even thousands of spyware applications and leftovers from them. We have seen PC's so overcome with Pop-ups that we had to reboot to safe mode just to be able to install our removal tools and scan the system.
Once we managed to clean off the spyware (sometimes it takes 3 or more scans to clean it off) the systems actually ran better and once again the systems were back in service and the owner was again in control. My point is we should not have to rely on software to help us stay in control of our own personal computers. So let's all take some steps today to hold these sleazy, sneaky, immoral marketers accountable.
You can find your Senator or House Representative in the government section of your phone book, or by calling your local government offices. You can also contact your elected officials here (official US government website). If after contacting your elected officials and they seem hesitant to do anything let them know you will be contacting everyone you know and advising them not to vote for them in the future, we need to light a fire under all officials that can do something about spyware.
You can also write the FTC here:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave.,
NW. Washington, D.C. 20580
Do print out what your spyware removal tool found (there is a log generally in the installation folder after you scan and clean), write a letter and send it to the FTC. It works, I know personally that this avenue will get their attention and they will do something about it, we just need to make complaints so they have some legal ammunition to go after the sleazy (can you say criminal) marketers.