March 11, 2008 (Computerworld) - "... A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has ordered Timothy P. Taylor to give up $4,595.36, the money he made from a scheme that tricked consumers into downloading spyware by offering free screensavers and videos on his TeamTaylorMade.com Web site, the FTC said Monday. Software on Taylor's site included spyware called Media Motor from ERG Ventures that changed consumers' home pages, tracked their Internet activity, altered browser settings, degraded computer performance and disabled antispyware and antivirus software, the FTC said. ERG Ventures, based in Nevada, agreed to pay $330,000 as part of a settlement with the FTC last September. The default judgment against Taylor, who has lived in Tennessee, ends the November 2006 lawsuit the FTC filed against ERG Ventures, its owners and Taylor. The FTC had accused ERG Ventures and Taylor of distributing spyware that infected 15 million computers. Many of the malware programs were "extremely difficult or impossible" for consumers to remove from their computers, the FTC said..."
(That's 2 cents per machine:
334,595.36 / 15,000,000 = 2 cents per machine)
Edited by AplusWebMaster, 11 March 2008 - 10:09 AM.