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"These operators high-jacked Web sites, 'kidnapped' consumers and held them captive," said Jodie Bernstein, Director of FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "They exposed surfers, including children, to seamiest sort of material and incapacitated their computers so they couldn't escape. They copied as many as 25 million Web pages from sites as diverse as Harvard Law Review and Japanese Friendship Garden. When consumers used search engines to find subjects as innocent as 'kids on net,' 'news about Kosovo,' or 'wedding services,' they risked being exposed to a torrent of tawdry images. This scam is outrageous and we want it off Internet. We're confident court will help us arrange that."
The Federal Trade Commission is a powerful regulatory agency and they will accept complaints from consumers on both SPAM and also a Web Page or Web Sites that are using deceptive or terroristic tactics.
You may forward unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam) to Commission, by sending it directly to them at: mailto:UCE@FTC.GOV
I would suggest you not bother them with ordinary run of mill SPAM but rather limit your complaints to email like one I described above that literally takes control of your computer.
You may also file a complaint with Commission online by visiting their web site at: http://www.ftc.gov/
Scroll to bottom of their web site where you will see link to "File A Complaint Online".
On a more immediate basis, it is important to know at least a few of handy Windows "Shortcut" commands that will allow you to regain control of your computer without need to shut it down all together.
For a more extensive list of Window's Shortcuts delivered to you FREE via Auto-Responder, send a blank email to: mailto:email@example.com
Perhaps one of best commands to know by heart is: ALT + F4 = Quitting open program
That command comes in very handy when you have a window open that takes up your entire screen area and does not show customary Minimize/Restore/Close boxes that are found in upper right hand corner of all Window's programs.
Another good one to keep in mind is: ALT + SPACE = Display of System Menu that allows you to Restore-Move-Resize-Minimize-Maximize or Close a window.
And as a last resort, if nothing else seems to be working, you can always try: CTRL + ESC = Opens Start Menu from which you can properly shut down your computer.
Until powers that be take direct action to stop SPAM at every possible opportunity, we will all have to put up with nuisance of deleting junk email from our inbox. But at least we do not have to tolerate invasion of our computer with code meant to make us a hostage on our own desktop and in our own homes.
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