Bogus Spyware Removal Apps

March 8, 2008 – 3:31 PM

Newsday is running a piece on bogus spyware applications that mimic successful free applications (like Spybot and AdAware), but either don’t work, or worse: install spyware themselves. The article quotes Eric Howes, a BBR security forum regular, who maintains a list of 75 such suspect products, with more being added daily. Howes also points out the lengths to which over-eager entrepreneurs will go to get their products noticed (like phony review sites, Google rank manipulation, etc.).

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