Rouge AntiSpyware Programs: Problems for Computer Users
Many folks get into a jam worse than they were in before they started using what they thought was a legitimate antispyware program. Rouge antispyware programs usually start out by alerting an individual in some unambiguous way, perhaps through a pop-up or unsolicited email (spam), that they have a spyware and or virus problem. They will urge the person to buy or use their product. It may even tell them that they that it has already found (through osmosis I guess) a large amount of spyware and that by purchasing their product you will be free of the ugly vermin once and for all.
Not only are these programs digital snake oil serving no useful purpose and charging $30 and up, but it is like having a mole or insider infiltrate your computer. Once the rouge program is in your system it opens the door for other malicious programs to come in and wreck havoc on the computer. Most of these programs go by heroic names such as Error Guard and WinFixer, or other names that sound very similar to reputable, well established antispyware programs. The user should not be fooled by the name or its claim or you could be in for a long ride.
Once the seed is planted and the rouge program has opened the door for his partners in mischief the programs will work together try to ensure their survival so it is not as easy as terminating a singal piece of spyware. After one is gone another one will take his job sometimes even regenerating the one that was just terminated. Once these guys have enough for a full team it can be an uphill battle unless the user has some experience in dealing with the tactics they employ.
What the user can do to protect themselves: First of all, be weary of any antispyware application that does not offer a free, fully functional, trial of their product. If it can't be driven it around, kick the tires and ask some questions through tech support, either by phone, email or website, it might not be the real deal. Donít buy from a pushy salesman, meaning donít buy from spam and pop-ups.
Donít be fooled by the fools.
write your comments about the article :: © 2005 Computing News :: home page