The Federal Trade Commission has got the U.S. District Court to halt the illegal downloads of Enternet Media. The company offered free background music to blogs and deceived those who visited the blog sites into downloading a spyware.


The Federal Trade Commission, FTC, has got the U.S. District Court to halt the illegal downloads of Enternet Media. The company offered free background music to blogs and deceived those who visited the blog sites into downloading a spyware.

FTC has acknowledged the help of others in tackling the case. “This case was brought with the invaluable assistance of the Microsoft Corporation, Webroot Software, Inc., and Google Incorporated”. [source]

When consumers visit the blog sites they get pop ups of “installation boxes”. These pop ups either offer freeware, including music files and wall paper, or warn the consumers that their computer is infected and they have to download security upgrades.

The companies software code is installed in the consumers computers when they try to download the freeware or the security upgrade. The software deceptively displays pop up ads on teh consumers computers even when the internet browsers are not activated.

It interferes with the functioning of the computer and consumers find it difficult to uninstall or remove the software once it is deceptively installed.

FTC has filed complaints against the following companies:

Enternet Media, Inc.;
Conspy & Co., Inc.,
Lida Rohbani, also known as Linda Rohhani and Lida Hakimi
Nima Hakimi; Baback (Babak) Hakimi, also known as Bobby Rohbani and Bobby Hakimi, individually and doing business as Networld One

The exploitative code they used are mentioned as:

“Search Miracle”
“Miracle Search”
“EM Toolbar”
“EliteBar”
“Elite Toolbar”

The companies do business as

Enternet Media, Inc.
Enternet
www.searchmiracle.com
www.c4tdownload.com
www.cash4toolbar.com

The affiliate, also charged in the complaint, is Nicholas C. Albert, doing business as Iwebtunes and www.iwebtunes.com, based in Ohio.

To read the full report of “FTC Shuts Down Spyware Operation” click here.