PDA

View Full Version : Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware



John Grieve
18-07-2004, 11:19 AM
As we are all very aware now Spyware/Malware has become a huge problem with huge implications to your security and the stability of your system.

There are some fantastic products about (Adaware, Spybot, Pestpatrol, Spywareblaster) but there are also heaps of very suspect products and websites that are as bad as the problem they are supposedly solving.

This guy has gone to a lot of trouble to provide info about all the products and websites you should avoid when searching/applying a solution to the criminal problem of Spyware.

http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm#products

A well informed public is the most important thing when it comes to Spyware/Malware and this site makes it much easier to get it right in the "War on Spyware".

tweak\'e
18-07-2004, 11:30 AM
thanks for that. very interesting reading :)

Jen C
18-07-2004, 12:03 PM
Nice link John :)

I found it interesting the comment about the google ads which run down the side of your search hits are often for these dodgy anti-spyware programs. I just entered in "spyware" into google, and most of the sponsored ads were on that list. I can see how easy it would be for an inexperienced person to follow one of those links, and end up with bigger problems.

It was good to see that Lavasoft Adware and Spybot S & D were up in the top 5 returned hits tho. :)

ugnius
03-04-2005, 03:04 AM
Another list to look at is Corrupt Anti-Spyware (http://www.2-spyware.com/corrupt-anti-spyware) programs list. There clear evidence of corruption provided.

pctek
03-04-2005, 10:54 AM
I recommend people check with this:

http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/pest/search.aspx

Also good for avoiding dodgy music sharing apps and the like.

Jen
03-04-2005, 06:16 PM
Does anyone else think it odd that website about antispyware products has an advert for getting the alexa toolbar. While alexa does tell you in their privacy policy what information they collect, they do seem to collect a heap of data about your browsing habits and state they slant your searches to favour the Amazon website. :illogical Sounds like spyware to me ...