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Those who have followed the development of this page since 2004 will have noted that the list of "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware products has not been updated since May 2007. Unfortunately, other time commitments have precluded our efforts to keep that list up to date. Since the last update dozens of "new" rogue anti-spyware programs have hit the 'Net. The vast majority of them, however, are not really new, but are simply re-branded clones and knockoffs of the same rogue applications that have been around from years. In most cases, they are being pushed through the same deceptive practices by the same parties responsible for earlier versions. See in particular these "families" of anti-spyware products, which continue to live on through shameless re-branding: 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, & 23.
If you are looking for information on the most recent rogue anti-spyware applications, we recomend visiting these sites:
- BleepingComputer.com: Spyware & Malware Removal Guides
- MalwareBytes: Newest Rogue Threats
- MalwareBytes Blog
- Bharath's Security Blog
- Sunbelt Blog
Some of the products listed on this page simply do not provide proven, reliable anti-spyware protection or may be prone to ridiculous false positives. Others may use unfair, deceptive, high pressure sales tactics to scare up sales from gullible, confused users. A very few of these products are either associated with known distributors of spyware/adware or have been known to install spyware/adware themselves. Not all products exhibit the same problems, however. Please see this "note to readers" for more information.
Users are advised to rely on the short list of Trustworthy Anti-Spyware Products with deserved reputations for quality performance.
Criteria that we use to classify anti-spyware programs as "rogue / suspect" are discussed below in the Listing Criteria section.
Some applications that were originally included in this list of "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware programs have been de-listed after the vendors for those programs took steps to correct the problems identified on this page. For each program that has been de-listed there is a note explaining the circumstances at the bottom of the main "rogue/suspect" list. For more information on the process of de-listing application, see THIS discussion below.
Note: before contacting us about programs not included on the main list below, please check the list of lesser-known anti-spyware applications that we have tested as well as the list of legitimate, licensed clones of other anti-spyware programs.
For additional information on "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware products, see the More Information section towards the bottom of the page. Suzi has put together a "Top 10 Rogue Anti-Spyware" list HERE.
For reports on more extensive testing with a select group of anti-spyware utilities, see HERE. A short list of anti-spyware applications that are recommended as useful and trustworthy can be found on the list of Trustworthy Anti-Spyware Products below. An extended list of quality anti-spyware products is HERE.
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- De-Listed Applications
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- Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Sites
- Bogus Security Pages
- Legitimate/Licensed Clones
- Trustworthy Anti-Spyware Products
- If Your PC is Infested w/ Spyware...
- Google & Anti-Spyware Products
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|See also:|| Anti-Spyware Family Resemblances |
Anti-Spyware Orphans & Outcasts
|Anti-Spyware Programs: Feature Comparison|
|Anti-Spyware Tests (by Eric L. Howes)|
|Protecting Your Privacy & Security on a Home PC|
|Ben Edelman - Spyware Research|