Lawsuit Accuses Companies of Selling Bogus PC Fixes

Microsoft and the Attorney General's office in Washington state said they have filed seven lawsuits over pop-up ads that scare consumers into paying for software that supposedly fixes critical errors on a PC. One lawsuit alleges a Texas firm sent incessant pop-up ads that falsely claimed the computer had critical errors in its registry and directed people to a Web site where they could download free scanning software to find the problems.

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