Is Microsoft aware?



Last week, I had a situation of a system infection by Trojan W32 Worm
Looksky which has left me wondering if Microsoft is aware that suppliers of
three software packages in the areas of Privacy, Security and Error cleaning
are using terrorizing and harassing tactics to pressure computer users into
buying their software, using Microsoft's proprietary Windows Alert box for
creating the impression that they are the suppliers of Privacy, Spyware
Control, Error cleaning software, recommended by Microsoft.



Microsoft's proprietary Widows Alert Box keeps popping up every 30 seconds
informing the user that his system is under threat etc. and asks the user to
reply if he would like to go to the SecureSystem software (recommended by
Microsoft?) website for removing the malware on the system. Even if the user
says 'no', the application page on which the user is working is blanked out
and the SecureSystem webpage is brought up. This is followed by
manufacturers of other software packages like Ultimate Cleaner, Privacy
protector etc. With these three and the Microsoft Windows Alert Box popping
up turn by turn every few seconds, the user is not allowed to work on any
application, since the user is kept unendingly busy closing the up the
popups.



These evil suppliers put their shortcuts not only on the desktop but also in
the StartUp group and the Favourites in Internet Explorer. Further, They
regenerate themselves in the same locations, even if the user tries to
delete them. SystemSecure goes to the extent of removing the user's default
webpage in Internet Explorer and replace it by their own home page. Even
after putting it back to ones's Default webpage, LookSky is able to remove
the default web-page and replace it with SystemSecure's web-page without
fail.



I did manage to search on the Intenet, struggling my way through the maze of
popups and download the Smitfraud Fix for the Worm. But I am wondering how
Microsoft has not taken any legal action on these software suppliers who are
using the worm to sell their products by terrorizing customers by creating
the false impression that they are Microsoft's recommended suppliers of
software for these areas.



P. Jayant




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