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Tech support scheme participant settles FTC charges

November 20th 2013 in Uncategorized

He has to hand over all the money he made, and promise to be a good boy from now on 🙂

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/11/pccare.shtm


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Some of my virtual machines were impacted by the problem described in the article below, and the recommended fix seems to work (well, it works in that SVCHOST pegs CPU at 100% for only half an hour or so instead of indefinitely – patience is certainly needed). http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/windows-xp-update-locks-machines-svchost-redlined-100-fix-it-kb-2879017-230733

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It kind of adds insult to injury. Imagine being bilked once, then being bilked again by somebody who promises to help you get your money back from the first bilking if you give them up to $499…
The judgment against the miscreants was for $5.2 MILLION (suspended upon payment of $90,000).
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/11/brs.shtm

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