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Monday, April 23, 2007

Watch Out for Fake AMUST Registry Cleaner Spam

Have you been getting a lot of spam that starts like this lately? I know I have.

Has your PC suddenly become very slow?
Are you harassed by pop-up ads each time you go online?
Does your default home page keep changing mysteriously?

AMUST Registry Cleaner's will:
Scan the Windows registry (32-bit and 64-bit)
Clean and fix all registry errors
Improve registry performance and consistency

The subject lines might be:
“Unexplained home page changes?”
“Download Spy-Control NOW!”
“Does your default home page keep changing mysteriously?”

There is a program called AMUST Registry Cleaner but that’s not what you’ll get if you click on the link at the bottom of this Email. I’m not a big fan of Registry Cleaners but this one appears to be as good as any. The real program has been tested and has good reviews on on sites like and

The web site listed in the Spam does not appear to be connected in any way with the actual company, AMUST Software. According to the folks at AMUST,

You are right, our name is being used to distribute a virus. This is not a valid site so please don't try to download anything from it…We were trying to contact the provider but with no result.“

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