Parnes said the FTC is already has complaints against other spyware scammers in the works. "Note to the purveyors of spyware: this may be our first case, but it won't be our last," she said.http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20041013/tc_washpost/a27637_2004oct12
The companies used several tricks to direct victims to their Web sites, which were designed to automatically install spyware on visitors' computers, the FTC complaint said. The sites exploited a feature of Microsoft's Internet Explorer to install the software so that victims never knew that it was being downloaded.
Once installed, the spyware often would open the computer's CD-ROM tray and display a message on the monitor that read: "FINAL WARNING if your cd-rom drive is open you desperately need to rid your system of spyware pop-ups IMMEDIATELY." Consumers who responded to the message were prompted to buy programs called Spy Wiper or Spy Deleter for about $30 each.
It's about time. The amount of my time running Spybot S&D and Adaware had added up to 100s of pc hours on just my pcs.. We should start sueing them too for hours wasted.