Microsoft, Washington State Sue Scareware Vendors

The Attorney Generals Office along with Microsoft announced the filing of new cases under Washingtons recently improved Computer Spyware Act during a joint press conference today in Seattle.

"We wont tolerate the use of alarmist warnings or deceptive "free scans" to trick consumers into buying software to fix a problem that doesnt even exist," McKenna continued. "Weve repeatedly proven that Internet companies that prey on consumers" anxieties are within our reach."

As of today, the Attorney Generals Office has filed seven suits under the statute. The Attorney Generals Office filed its latest case today in King County Superior Court against the marketers of a program called Registry Cleaner XP.

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