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January 13, 2012
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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

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2011/12/14/ftc-to-refund-rogue-security- software-victims.aspx

 

Some of the names used :

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

 

A brief news article about this happy event, with some of the historical background, is at

http://www.pcworld.com/article/246366/ftc_compensates_320000_victims_of_fake_ant ivirus_scams.html

 

The FTC announcement can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/12/rebates.shtm