1.    17 Mar 2015 #1
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    Fake AdwCleaner: with removal instructions


    Scammers Are Using a Fake Version of AdwCleaner to Trick People
    Lowell Heddings
    11 Feb 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowell Heddings, the How-to Geek
    The latest trend in the awful Windows ecosystem is pretty ridiculous — scammers have a fake version of the reputable AdwCleaner tool, which is a real tool for Windows experts. And this one pretends your computer is infected and tries to make you pay them to remove it.

    AdwCleaner is indeed a real freeware tool, with a good reputation for removing spyware and adware. It’s not as well known as MalwareBytes because it’s not all that user friendly, since it is meant for Windows experts rather than regular users. And the scammers have tried to mimic the interface, stealing the logo, and even ripping out the icon (badly) for their fake version.

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    The ironic thing is that this is getting on people’s PCs that are already infected with adware or spyware of some type, which then keep popping up windows to a page that looks like this one… which tells you that adware is detected. Which is surprisingly accurate, although the fake app isn’t going to remove that adware.

    Once you click through that dialog, it’ll give you a scary message like this, telling you to download AdwCleaner. Since you’ve probably heard your geeky friends talking about AdwCleaner, a normal user might be tempted to download it.

    ...more
    Only download software from reputable websites !!
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  2.    17 Mar 2015 #2
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    Thanks for the heads up.
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  3.    22 Mar 2015 #3
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    There are too many, legitimate, products on the market, and some are FREE, to even be enticed by something like ADWCleaner.

    To get rid of Spyware, Adware, PUPs and Tracking Cookies, Super Anti-Spyware free is hard to beat.

    Cheers Mate!
    TechnoMage
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  4.    23 Mar 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    There are too many, legitimate, products on the market, and some are FREE, to even be enticed by something like ADWCleaner.

    To get rid of Spyware, Adware, PUPs and Tracking Cookies, Super Anti-Spyware free is hard to beat.

    Cheers Mate!
    TechnoMage
    For some reason the folks who do bad things decided to create a very good knockoff to do even more bad things. If they wrote a knock off of SAS, I wouldn't infer that SAS was not a legitimate product. Both SAS and AdwCleaner are very good products.

    Just to be clear ... AdwCleaner is a well respected and legitimate product.
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