Software portal sued over bad review

fef78e0cc21705723179c3a85d917f2bBleeping Computer has been sued by Enigma Software Group after posting a bad review of their core product SpyHunter in 2014.

Enigma Software claims the review was false, disparaging, and defamatory. A court case is going to be interesting the review provides links to support each claim. What Enigma seems to be hoping is that the jury will be influenced by the fact that Bleeping Computer participates in a number of affiliate programs, including run by its sworn rival Malwarebytes.

The lawsuit says, “Bleeping has a direct financial interest in driving traffic and sales to Malwarebytes and driving traffic and sales away from ESG.”

“Bleeping not only has unlawfully benefited from its spear campaign to the detriment of ESG, it has damaged the reputation of ESG by refusing to take down its false and misleading statements which have been reposted numerous times on the other anti-spyware related forums and websites.”

Bleeping Computer use affiliate links for a number of vendors, not just Malwarebytes. Then there is the small matter that Enigma Software and SpyHunter has a poor reputation because of its spam and er questionable detection rates.

One of the more common complaints about SpyHunter and Enigma Software is that the product is promoted as free, when it really isn’t.

Its free version offers a scanner but if you want the malware removed you have to pay for the full version.

In a statement on Bleeping Computer, owner Lawrence Abrams, says the Enigma Software lawsuit is a SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) suit.

“Enigma Software has a history of filing lawsuits to censor and bully people into removing reviews or opinions about their products… If BleepingComputer does not get the help we need and we lose this battle, it will only embolden Enigma Software to try to silence other bloggers, IT technicians, or computer security enthusiasts.”

Bleeping Computer has started a fund to gather donations for their legal costs, one of the first donations made came from Malwarebytes, which sent $5,000 shortly after the campaign started which though helpful financially probably is not that useful tactically.