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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 10:13 pm    Post subject: Spy Wiper in the news again Reply with quote

http://www.heraldnet.com/Stories/04/3/3/18272918.cfm

Jody Harnish of Everett was surprised enough when she switched on her computer and the home page she uses while browsing the Internet suddenly was replaced without her permission.

Then came pop-up ads warning that her computer was vulnerable and that she should buy a software product called Spy Wiper. Pop-up ads touting pornographic Web sites then began appearing regularly on the screen.

"My kids use this computer, so they were seeing this all the time," said Harnish, who has an 11-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son.

After posting an error message, a pop-up message warned that "spyware programmers can control your computer hardware if you fail to protect your computer right at this moment." The message ended with "Download Spy Wiper now!"

Mail Wiper did not respond to an e-mail from The Herald asking for a comment. A phone number found for Mail Wiper Inc. reaches a recording that urges users to e-mail the company. It does not allow callers to leave a message.

She also doesn't understand why a company such as Mail Wiper or its affiliates would use invasive tactics to sell their programs.

"There's no way I'd ever buy anything from them," Harnish said. "It's got to be the stupidest marketing campaign ever."


This article contains the story of a typical Spy Wiper hijacking. It continues to amaze me that this company persists in their attacks on people's computers even when they are already under investigation by the FTC.

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Mail Wiper did not respond to an e-mail from The Herald asking for a comment. A phone number found for Mail Wiper Inc. reaches a recording that urges users to e-mail the company. It does not allow callers to leave a message.
speaks volumes about this company also.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

social engineering at its finest!spywiper=scam!
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