BleepingComputer is a valuable asset to the Internet, in my opinion, as it is often one of the first sites to warn of newly reported ransomware; volunteer security professionals also regularly provide answers to any number of other computer questions. Yet BleepingComputer is seriously under fire for daring to engage in free speech as Enigma Software is suing the site over a negative review of Enigma\u2019s flagship anti-malware program SpyHunter.But hey, \u201cfreedom isn\u2019t free\u201d and being sued implies needing money for a defense, as BleepingComputer\u2019s owner Lawrence Abrams said, \u201cIf 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.\u201dI don\u2019t know about you, but I hate people attacking free speech and lawsuits like this \u2013 SLAPP lawsuits; Decrypted Tech described SLAPP lawsuits since many people may not be aware of them.To put it bluntly SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) lawsuits are ones that attempt to censor information or public discourse on a particular topic. The most common ones are from corporate entities that are trying to stop negative information about their products or other areas from getting out. The negative information is not slanderous or libelous in nature and in most cases can be backed up with documentation. Still the corporate minds try the threat of litigation to remove the information.Since Enigma Software chose to sue BleepingComputer to have the review removed and potentially to collect damages, \u201cthis type of suit fits the definition of SLAPP to a T,\u201d the editorial states. \u201cThere is nothing in the post, or thread that is inflammatory, libelous or not documented from multiple sources. Enigma software simple wants to remove the information from a well-known and widely visited website so that they can continue to sell their product that clearly has deficiencies.\u201dEnigma Software claims in its lawsuit (pdf) that BleepingComputer has the negative SpyHunter review because it takes part in an affiliate advertising program which grants BleepingComputer a commission for redirecting users to Malwarebyte\u2019s site. The Enigma Software Group claims, \u201cBleeping not only has unlawfully benefited from its smear 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 other anti-spyware related forums and websites.\u201dWell maybe Enigma should do a little more Googling as there are indeed numerous negative reviews that are not simply regurgitated versions of BleepingComputer\u2019s. Those results, however, are not top search result hits as is Bleeping\u2019s.Furthermore, Engima claims \u201cBleeping holds itself out as an expert in computer security matters.\u201d Instead, Enigma claims Bleeping and its members \u201care not computer security experts, but rather they are software resellers purporting to give consumer advice.\u201dThe lawsuit goes on to attack BleepingComputer and its moderators, particularly \u201cQuietman 7\u201d who wrote the negative SpyHunter review in 2014. The company has a long litany of complaints it calls false statements, especially in regard to the advice to uninstall SpyHunter and install Malwarebytes instead. The review, it should be noted, is properly sourced with references from various sites as in it wasn\u2019t pulled out of thin air.Yet Enigma\u2019s lawsuit said, \u201cBleeping knew, or should have known, that the statements were false when made. The statements rely upon third-hand information that is between 7-10 years old and that was generated by a group of individuals who began an anticompetitive campaign against ESG in 2004.\u201dOne thing to note, the review claims AV-Tests has not tested SpyHunter; even if that information is \u201cold,\u201d I still didn\u2019t pull up any search results showing AV-Test Labs tested SpyHunter for home Windows users. Why not try that route first?And even if Malwarebytes is not exactly impartial to BleepingComputer, the well-respected anti-malware folks pointed out, \u201cThe content is provided by the volunteer efforts of security professionals and the more than 700,000 registered users who ask and answer all questions presented on the site. To summarize, Bleeping Computer is a valuable resource in the efforts to help users live in a malware-free world.\u201d\u201cBleeping Computer was created and is devoted to helping consumers fix their computers and remove viruses for free,\u201d Abrams told Softpedia. \u201cWhenever we help people we always recommend free reputable programs that are both free-to-scan and free-to-clean so that our visitors do not have to spend any money.\u201dHe added:\u201cIt is incredibly frustrating that a company comes along and slaps us with a lawsuit because a volunteer moderator expressed his honest opinion about a product to protect consumers. Our moderator, Quietman7, earns nothing from helping on the site and yet has posted over 40,000 posts in the forums. If you think about the amount of time he has devoted to helping others for free it is staggering!\u201dBleepingComputer is asking for help to fight the \u201cfrivolous lawsuit and defend its right to free speech!\u201d It needs an astounding $100,000 to handle legal defense costs. If you can help, please do.Enigma will likely contact me to add a statement, but you can read all their statements in their lawsuit (pdf) if you are so inclined. I\u2019ll warn you before you send it, I\u2019m ticked and this is America where I\u2019m entitled to my opinion; I\u2019ve never tried SpyHunter as I personally like Malwarebytes \u2026 and now after attacking free speech, I never will try SpyHunter.