The more visibility their sites got -- being on the first page of a Google search, for example -- the worse their bottom line became. Being on top drew attacks from adware companies that stole customers away with pop-up ads as they were ready to buy.
The more they fought back, the worse things became, drawing direct hacking incidents from the adware companies.
Though those companies have been sued out of existence by other victims, the presence of the infections in millions of computers continued to plague the Martinez entrepreneurs and forced them off the Internet.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/busin ... l-touch?v=
How about hiring a pro folks? I'm not having pity on someone who called the FBI and expected them to handle a mass adware problem. Although the article lacks a number of technical details, I'm not into watching someone play the victim here. Don't assume that you can just jump on the Internet with no technical background and be successful. And if you run into problems, hire a pro.
The route these two took is analogous to buying a house that later has leaky plumbing. They call a priest (wrong profession) to look at the leak and when he can't handle it, they move out (at a loss) without ever having consulted a plumber.