ScanGuard: Another Day, Another Miracle PC Program

By | November 19, 2016
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ScanGuard: Another Day, Another Miracle PC Program

“We can clean up, speed up, and protect your computer automatically.”  “We can make your computer run like new with just two clicks.” “We can protect and speed up your computer with one click.”

There doesn’t seem to be any end to the snake oil flowing from the Web. In the past few weeks, thanks to a big advertising budget, and a lot of ads on Facebook, one of these one-click wonders has caught the attention of many of our readers, some of them have written to us to ask if it this one-click wonder is any good.

Recently….Many tech sites and newspapers/magazines say their Internet investigator, or tech writer recommends it. They make the ads look like breaking news.

PC Owners Urged to Do This Today!

If you live in the U.S and have a windows computer that is older than 6 months old, or just not running how you would like it, then this may be the most exciting article you ever read. Thousands of people across the U.S are rushing to get their hands on the latest system that is speeding up computers and protecting them from malware in minutes…” (or it will say if you live in Australia, or UK, etc. as it is country specific).

But it is nothing more than the same old snake oil we’ve all heard a thousand times. And the snake oil currently making the rounds is “Scanguard”

First, let’s look at some of the claims Scanguard makes (these claims come from the Scanguard Web site).

Boost Memory
Is your device clogged up with duplicate files wasting space? Our File Manager will help locate and remove any file with duplicate characteristics in just a few clicks.

Enhance Performance
Over time your computer will naturally slow down, we help identify specific errors and programs which impact performance to get you back in the game.

Firewall*
We understand that privacy is important which is why we prevent unauthorized access to your private data with our Two-Way Firewall.

Browsing Performance
Let us assist in improving your internet browsing speed. We will improve performance in a matter of seconds by managing unwanted caching and old history.

Anti Virus
Our full system scan will locate, quarantine and eliminate malware, trojans and more insuring you are protected against harmful viruses.

Let’s go over each of these claims, briefly. Yes, I know that’s hard to fathom, but I’m going to try to be brief..

The first claim is that they can boost your memory by removing duplicate files? RAM is your computer’s memory. It’s stands for Random Access Memory. The more RAM your computer has, the more memory it has, removing duplicate files has nothing to with RAM..

The next claim is that your computer slows down with age. I think they have your computer confused with us. We slow down with age, but our computers do not necessarily slow down with age. But the troubling part is “we help identify specific errors and programs that impact performance to get you back in the game”. That’s beautifully written sophistry. What errors? What programs? Give me an example. And what do they mean by back in the game? At least that’s better than “make your computer run like new”. You can never come back to them and tell them they didn’t put you back in the game. Right? What the heck does “back in the game” mean? It’s supposed to make you think “run like new”, without saying it, since they have to know it’s not true.

Coming soon…

They’re  going to add a firewall. They claim that their new firewall will to protect your data. They tout a “two-way” firewall. Windows already has a two-way firewall. So what? If you believe a firewall is going to protect your personal data, go talk to companies like Target and Yahoo, who both, we’re sure, have very expensive firewalls, yet they’ve had massive amounts of data stolen either because they were hacked in spite of their firewalls, or because one or more of their employees were tricked into giving up their passwords. See this story from the “Boston Globe” how an employee of a large company was tricked into clicking a link in an email that led to a breach that led to the theft of the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of thousands of people.

Most of the time, on your PC, you data is not stolen because you do or don’t have a firewall. It’s stolen because you’re tricked into giving up your passwords and logins. That’s most individuals have their data stolen, not for lack of firewalls. We’re not saying you don’t need a firewall, we’re saying they don’t prevent identity theft – and if you’re using Windows 7, 8.1 or Windows 10, you already have a “two-way” firewall

We have to give credit where credit is due. These people should be in politics. They have such a way with words.

“Browsing Performance — Let us assist in improving your internet browsing speed. We will improve performance in a matter of seconds by managing unwanted caching and old history.”” It’s a wonder whoever wrote that isn’t in parliament (it’s an English company). They want to assist – who? Who do they want to assist? The user? The Web? The universe? The prime minister? Another great and nebulous phrase follows ” Internet browsing speed”. That’s supposed to, we can only imagine, make you think their program is going to make your internet connection faster. But that is not true, so they say “internet browsing speed”. Clever. The next sentence is masterful — “We will improve performance in a matter of seconds by managing unwanted caching and old history.”” What is “unwanted caching”? Every site is cached, otherwise you couldn’t see it. Actually, caching speeds up the loading of Web pages. What is “old history”. If it’s history, it can’t be “new”. It can be recent, but not new. That being said, removing your old browsing history, maybe good housekeeping, but it’s not going to speed up your Internet connection, or even your “Internet browsing speed” whatever you think that nebulous term means..

And finally: “”Anti Virus – Our full system scan will locate, quarantine and eliminate malware, trojans and more insuring you are protected against harmful viruses.”” We did some research. We could not find Scanguard listed on an independent antivirus testing lab – or in any independent antivirus testing lab’s test results. The other stuff they say is just fluff, and if you believe it, you’re just going to be out the $49 (per year) they charge. But trusting your computer to an antivirus that does not show up on any of the major independent antivirus testing lab’s test results, is taking a change with your security and online safety..

This program is like all the other one-click wonders – except it adds a twist of antivirus. And we couldn’t find any antivirus lab results listing Scanguard. The last big one-click wonder to advertise heavily on Facebook was SpeedFix Tool — which you can read about here. We are throwing Scanguard into the same basket with SpeedFix Tool – with one extra caveat – we would not trust its antivirus component..

The verdict: You don’t need Scanguard. In our opinion, if you buy it, you’ll be wasting $49. If you have an extra $49 you don’t know what to do with, let us know!!

As long as we’re playing the game of unsubstantiated claims::

I am 2.5 times wiser than EB..
I can run 1.8 times faster than EB.

8 thoughts on “ScanGuard: Another Day, Another Miracle PC Program

  1. Robert

    EB…My money is on you for the “wiser” claim above. LOL (Sorry TC, she is the brains behind your operation). HaHa

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  2. Dr Daniel De Loge Sr

    Within the last 60 to 90 days or so, I too have noticed more and more heretofore unknown software developers touting the user benefits of purchasing similar software such as “ScanGuard,” on the Internet, Cable Television, Magazines, etc., etc. I totally agree with CloudEight’s EB and TC that these scams are just more of the typical “snakeoil” schemes that are aimed at bilking neophyte computer owners out of their hard earned monetary resources.

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  3. Jeff

    I was very sceptical and tried out their “free offer”. It “identified” at least 30 threats but guess what, you cannot get rid of them unless you buy their software……but they did offer a 60% discount. When I declined their site immediately came back with an improved offer of 70% discount and they have been pestering me daily saying that they noticed I had not taken up their offer and that these “threats” should not be ignored. I checked these so called threats they had identified and they were not threats at all. As other posts have said….”Snakeoil”.

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  4. Keith Hill

    Thanks to the wonderful souls at Cloud Eight to keep us posted on all the latest Snake Oil sellers out there. Most of us are not as smart or wise as you two, so a great big thank you from the rest of us.

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  5. Mona B.

    Your newsletter arrived in my mailbox one day late. My husband asked me to look into SpeedFix for his computer. Emsisoft on his computer, and also mine, said it was a safe site, so I decided to try it on both of our computers. The first red flag was when the person on the Customer Service wanted to log into my computer. NO WAY, said I. Even the way that it had found so many more problem files that needed to be cleaned than Reg Organizer raised a flag. Then came your newsletter and you included SpeedFix in your list. Because there was a 30-day money back guarantee, I was on the phone and cancelled the subscription. NO PROBLEM! All I need to do now is wait for 5-7 days to see the refund on my account.
    Thanks so much for your diligent investigation, and letting us know the stuff the we tend to fall for. As you have said, they certainly have a way with words.

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  6. James Mowrey

    Surely, and hopefully, Reg Organizer isn’t in this Snake Oil category???

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    1. infoave Post author

      So you think we’d actually sell snake oil? I have not seen one ad for RegOrganizer saying it makes your computer run like new, can remove all malware from your computer, or keep you from getting infected. RegOrganizer has lot of great features. but we never claimed it can make your computer run faster than new or sweep it free of malware. Reg Organizer is a suite of useful Windows Utilities, not an amazing one-click computer fixer upper with malware removal. Your comparing something like WinFixer and Scanguard, two bogus snakeoil products with Reg Organizer which is a collection of useful Windows utilities. I’m sorry you think we’d actually sell snakeoil. How long have you been with us? I’m disappointed you think this way.

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