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Mar 27 2008   11:14AM GMT

2008’s malware threat: anti-malware campaigns

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A campaign to get people to buy anti-malware has misfired after users complained that the software maker was responsible for pop-up messages advertising pornography and drugs to improve sexual performance appearing on their PCs every two seconds.

A lawsuit filed in Seattle’s King County Superior Court alleges that internet users were coerced into purchasing the software after pop-up adverts were sent via the Windows Messenger Net Send system.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that a related lawsuit is in progress, which alleges that the complexity of licensing agreements offered by Microsoft for their anti-malware products have led to a wave of perplexity-induced user suicides.

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