Innovative Marketing, a notorious purveyor of Fake AV programs, has finally been persuaded - under extreme pressure - to reimburse a large number of people who were duped by their "Your PC is infected ..." scareware into buying their worthless programs.
The company had its headquarters in the Ukraine, but with subsidiaries in the United States and elsewhere. The refunds appear to be for victims in the US only, where the FTC took action against the company in 2008.
In the US, at least 320,000 people will receive a refund of about $20. The figure of 320,000 represents only those in the US who are known to have paid Innovative for one of their scareware products : the list of those products is extensive, since the same underlying program code would have numerous user interfaces and product names.
The number of people eligible for a refund is expected to grow, since the FTC is inviting anyone who paid for one of Innovative's "antivirus" programs, and who does not receive a refund, to contact them.
Anyone outside the US has very little chance of ever receiving any compensation.
A list of some of the names of the Fake AV and other programs peddled by Innovative Marketing can be found on the Microsoft website at
Some of the names used :
XP AntiSpyware 2009
A brief news article about this happy event, with some of the historical background, is at
The FTC announcement can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/12/rebates.shtm