Microsoft, Washington State Sue Scareware Vendors

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

"We won't tolerate the use of alarmist warnings or deceptive 'free scans' to trick consumers into buying software to fix a problem that doesn't even exist," McKenna continued. "We've repeatedly proven that Internet companies that prey on consumers' anxieties are within our reach."

As of today, the Attorney General's Office has filed seven suits under the statute. The Attorney General's 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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