Every day it seems someone is out to trick you into buying something or downloading something that will a) harm your computer, b) glean personal information from your computer, c) turn your computer into a billboard complete with flashing popup advertisements that seem to come out of nowhere or d) all of these.
Some of the most devious tricks are those which prey on users’ fears. These kind of scams rely on user naivety and (sometimes) catchy names to steal money from consumers. Sometimes they steal more than money – they steal personal information and can turn your dream computer into a nightmare.
We’ve assembled a list of 78 rogue anti-spyware/anti-virus applications that currently found on the Web. Some are more visible than other, particularly the WinFixer (Antivirus 2008, Antivirus 2009) rogue application which has stolen millions of dollars from unwary Web surfers. We don’t want a single one of you to be fooled, so we’re making a this available to you in case you happen to run across one or more of these. Many will tempt you into downloading by showing your system being scanned in real time – this too is a hoax. It’s an animated gif or Flash movie showing a fake Windows scan dialog which will always show numerous errors and problems. Of course, you’ll need to download the rogue software to remove all the problems the scan inevitably finds. If you’re tricked into to downloading it you will find some of these difficult to remove. Worse, if you’re tricked into buying one of these scam programs, you’ll find it difficult to get your money back.
Feel free to print this list and keep it handy in case you run into any of these programs on your travels around the Web. Be cautious, use common sense and refer to this list.
While there are many programs listed here, it is by no means complete. There are always criminals and miscreants thinking of new ways to trick unwary surfers. Our job is to make you savvy surfer.
AntiSpyware 2008 XP
Antivirus XP 2008
Malware Bell 3.2
PC Clean Pro
PC SpeedScan Pro
|PAL Spyware Remover
Security toolbar 7.1
System Live Protect
Vista Antivirus 2008
WinAntiVirus Pro 2006