Update (27 March 2008): MBS has now incorporated, or at least sold its technology, to Platte International. Take a look at the MBS Victims forum for much more information.
We’re on to your dodgy PC-killing tactics.
First take a read of Ask Jack’s blog in the Guardian Online.
While advertising popups often plague net users, Kenyon’s experience seemed worryingly different. He saw that the window was from a company in Leeds called Micro Bill Systems asking for Ã‚Â£19.99, with the explanation that his computer had been used to sign up to a website. After suffering the annoying problem for some time, he emailed the Guardian for help.
Kenyon is always careful about protecting his PC. He was using fully updated Windows XP Professional along with Norton Internet Security 2007, Spybot Search & Destroy, AVG anti-spyware and Sophos anti-rootkit. He’d seen popups before but this one stayed longer each day, hindering his computer use. “The popup starts about 30 seconds after the PC is turned on and lasts for about four minutes before the window can be closed. While the bill is displayed, you cannot minimise it or open any other window in front of it, as it always hogs the top window slot,” he says.
Then the slightly bizarre exchange over at the Midtown Computer Systems Enterprise forum Microsoft Security forum, in which someone purporting to be from MBS defend themselves.
Not so, an eagle-eyed reader calls them out on one a clause in their rather dodgy terms and conditions:
You call the below professional ?
“11.6 IF YOU CHOOSE TO IGNORE THE PAYMENT REMINDERS AND DO NOT PAY THE REQUIRED MEMBERSHIP FEE, YOU HEREBY UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE PROMPT REMINDERS MIGHT BECOME MORE FREQUENT AND THAT YOU MIGHT LOSE THE ABILITY TO USE YOUR COMPUTER (I.E. ACCESSING THE INTERNET, ACCESSING YOUR FILES ETC.), UNTIL YOU HAVE SUBMITTED PAYMENT OR CONTACTED CUSTOMER SERVICES. WHILE YOUR COMPUTER IS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET THE BILLING PROCESS WILL BE ENFORCABLE.”
Wow. Talk about blackmailing payment.
No doubt they have something going with some sleazy British backstreet ‘debt enforcement agency’ as well. They’re all slimy… at least the ones I’ve had the misfortune to deal with are (including the thugs that eBay UK use – having a fancy name doesn’t obscure who they really are)