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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Consumer Threat from Fakeware is Growing

When it comes to spyware, consumers really don’t know where to turn.  Hopefully, they find long time consumer advocates like Steve BassKim Komando, Brian Livingston,  Fred Langa or some of the other folks I list on the left side of this Blog. You can pretty much count on their recommendation.

If not, consumers end up downloading dangerous fakeware like SpyAxe/Spyware Quake or products like Spyware Cleaner which actually installs adware popups from WhenU.  In many cases, just because you see a product advertised on TV, doesn’t mean it’s not fakeware. There’s a lot of money to be made trying to get computers to work as they should.

One resource which has been around for a while is the Spyware Warrior: Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites.  Next month it celebrates its 2nd anniversary and was just updated a few days ago. I recommend a visit here before downloading or purchasing any AntiSpyware product.


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