Beware of Rogue Anti-Spyware Applications
Spyware and other malware is a steadily increasing problem for
Internet users. However, software developers have responded to
this problem and there are now a great number of anti-spyware
Unfortunately, some unscrupulous vendors use very dubious tactics
to gain a competitive edge for their anti-spyware products.
These tactics include:
- Using misleading and intrusive advertising in order to pressure
consumers into buying the product. This includes pop-ups and
- Offering free online scans that produce false positives and
attempt to scare consumers into buying the product.
- Configuring the trial version of a product so that it "detects"
non-existent spyware on the users computer. To the unwary, this
ruse can make the product appear superior to its competitors.
- Offering an inferior product that does a poor job of detecting
and removing spyware. Some of these are inferior rip-offs of
legitimate anti-spyware scanners.
There are a plethora of anti-spyware products currently available.
In fact, there are so many anti-spyware products on the market
that making a wise and informed choice can be somewhat difficult.
Luckily, the Spyware Warrior website features an excellent online
resource that provides a comprehensive list of rogue anti-spyware
as well as a wealth of other spyware related information.
If you are in the market for an anti-spyware product, I
recommend that you take a few moments to check The Spyware
Warrior List of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
before making a purchase.