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Thanks to intervention by the FTC, a US district court has issued a temporary order banning the products we have struggled with for so long in the ad-industry: WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus (and more). Although primarily aimed at defending consumers, the court injection expressly bars them from performing the scam we have seen so often — “placing advertisements purportedly on behalf of a third party without that party’s consent, or otherwise attempting to conceal their own identities”.

Several networks are named directly in the suit — you probably want to make sure you aren’t working with these:

  1. Burn Ads
  2. Net Media Group
  3. AdTraff
  4. Preved Marketing
  5. Uniqads

According to the suit, the companies behind the scam are: Innovative Marketing (based primarily out of the Ukraine) and IMI Enterprise — and James Reno, Sam Jain, Daniel Sundin, Marc D’Souza, Kristy Ross and Maurice D’Souza named individually.

Thanks FTC!

Full FTC Press Release
The full gory details

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  • Sandi Hardmeier

    Hi Mike!

    Burnads – defunct since late October – its IP was set to localhost in A Record

    Uniqads – same thing.

  • Rob Beeler

    Great Post. Thank you for bringing it to light. I tweeted it and pointed it your way.

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