Antivirus scams to end (*cheer)

Score one for the good guys (-er, does the FTC count?). Finally this deceptive practice will end, and hopefully the makers of that software will be punished. For a long time many unsuspecting (mostly uninformed) consumers have been duped into buying products they don’t need. Utilizing tricky web pop up ads these guys (WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, XP Antivirus) made easy sales of $39.99 on thousands of impressions. Consumerist

Hopefully the Interweb will be less crowded, but only slightly.

If things pop up in front of you asking for a credit card to buy something you weren’t shopping for, for the love of God, don’t put in your credit card number. Here are some reputable anti virus companies. McAfee, Symantec, AVG. (Here are some free antivirus)

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1 Response to “Antivirus scams to end (*cheer)”


  1. 1 Spyware Detector December 12, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I remember when I was almost duped out by these fake anti-viruses when I was still starting out in the ‘pc world’. Good thing I didn’t give out too much info as a credit card number. Being a skeptic can sure pay off.


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