FTC to refund rogue security software victims

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    The United States Federal Trade Commission announced that it will begin issuing refunds to 300,000 consumers that were victims of several rogue security software scams such as “Winfixer“, “Drive Cleaner” and “XP Antivirus“. The following is a list of Microsoft antimalware product detection names that are linked to the Winfixer family:

    Program:Win32/AdvancedCleaner
    Program:Win32/Antivirus2008
    Program:Win32/Antivirus2009
    Program:Win32/SpywareIsolator
    Program:Win32/WinFixer
    Program:Win32/WinSpywareProtect
    Trojan:Win32/Antivirusxp

    Rogue authors commonly brand their programs to appear as legitimate security scanners. The following is a list of some names that are associated with the above mentioned rogue security software detections:

    AdvancedCleaner
    AntiMalwareGuard
    AntiSpywareExpert
    AntiSpywareMaster
    Antispywaresuite
    Antivirus 2008
    Antivirus XP 2008
    AV XP 2005
    Avsystemcare
    Bestsellerantivirus
    Data Doctor
    DriveCleaner
    Driveproteccion (sic)
    ErrClean
    ErrorSafe
    Exterminadordevirus
    FixThemNow
    Gubbishremover
    LongLifePC
    MalwareAlarm
    NetTurboPro
    Pcprivacytool
    Pcsecuresystem
    PerformanceOptimizer
    Power Antivirus 2008
    Power Antivirus 2009
    SpyGuarder
    SpyKiller Pro
    Spyware Sweeper
    SpywareIsolator
    SwiftCleaner
    SystemDoctor
    SystemErrorFixer
    SystemSweeper
    TotalAntivirus
    Trasheraser
    Trustedprotecion
    UltimateCleaner
    VirusRemover 2008
    WinAntiSpyware
    WinAntiVirusPro
    WinBugFixer
    WinDefender2008
    WinFixer
    Winsecureav
    WinSpyware Protect
    WinxDefender
    XLifeGuarder
    XP AntiSpyware 2009
    XP AntiVirus

    The following text is from the FTC announcement (http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/12/rebates.shtm):

    Approximately 320,000 checks will be mailed by the FTC’s settlement administrator, Epiq Systems. Consumers who believe they are entitled to a refund or have questions may call the settlement administrator toll free at 1-877-853-3541 or visit www.FTC.gov/refunds for more information.

    — MMPC

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