Office Depot rigged PC malware scans to sell unneeded $300 tech support

Getty virus detected 800x452“Infections” found on brand new PCs:

’Office Depot and [Office Max] tricked customers into buying unneeded tech support services by offering PC scans that gave fake results, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Consumers paid up to $300 each for unnecessary services.

The FTC yesterday announced that Office Depot and its software supplier,, have agreed to pay a total of $35 million in settlements with the agency. Office Depot agreed to pay $25 million while will pay the other $10 million. The FTC said it intends to use the money to provide refunds to wronged consumers.…’

Via Ars Technica

As if you needed more reason not to shop there.

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