Consumer groups take on fake music search site

Two anti-spyware watchdogs are set to send a complaint to federal regulators today about a malicious software website posing as a music download store.

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and will file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming an Argentina-based website’s free plug-in installation contains adware and spyware applications.

FastMP3Search[dot]com, is a fake music search site that asks consumers to install a plug-in to be able to download music files, but actually cons them into downloading malicious applications leaving their PCs vulnerable to further hacking attacks, according to the consumer advocacy groups. is an initiative that aims to produce a blacklist of malicious sites and the CDT is a watchdog group that runs the Anti-Spyware Coalition.

The free download disables the Windows firewall, alters homepage settings, changes website addresses for legitimate security companies and affects the PCs performance, according to the complaint.

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