Lately, I have discovered that its popularity and usefulness have become a threat to certain groups of individuals. This has become evident as sockpuppets have invaded CNET's RKill page where the reviewers attempt to defame Rkill, BleepingComputer.com, and myself. I am a big boy, so I don't really care what they say about me. I put a lot of time into BleepingComputer.com and Rkill, though, and won't sit back without making a response. The reviewers, or sockpuppets, in question are Charles_Buckland, AshleyFrost, and Johnny_Sokko. AshleyFrost and Johnny_Sokko both posted one day from each other and repeated the same things. Whether this person or people are the malware developers themselves or someone with a personal grievance against BC is unknown at this time. What we do know is that they are attempting to spread lies about Rkill and the site.
The nonsense that they write includes:
- Disables your anti-virus protection.
- Downloads and installs trojans and other malware onto your computer.
- Allows a backdoor to be created into your computer.
- Home-made software written by an anonymous author, not an actual company.
- Identified as being malware by most all major anti-virus programs.
I am not going to even address the first three comments, as they are completely false. As for being anonymous, I use my real name to every one of my posts at BleepingComputer, am a Microsoft MVP in Consumer Security, and have a real address and phone number in the Whois records for BleepingComputer.com. We are also a real company named Bleeping Computer, LLC. As you can see, I am far from anonymous.
For the second comment, I think it deserves some mention. At times Rkill is indeed detected as malware by various anti-virus companies. These detections are false positives and are typically fixed within a few days of contacting them. The reason these false positives occur is due to the fact that Rkill utilizes programs that may be packed, terminate processes, etc. These actions are common characteristics of malware and thus Rkill gets lumped into the same group as them. Unfortunately, this is just the way it is and no matter how legitimate and safe Rkill is, AV vendors will sometimes flag it as malware. The sockpuppets also claim that Rkill is detected by most major anti-virus vendors. I think these Jotti and virustotal reports speak for themselves:
Do we have some false positive detections, yes, but it's definitely not all the major antivirus companies.
So for those who may have read these reviews and were concerned, do not be. Rkill is a perfectly safe program and you have nothing to fear from it. As for the CNET sockpuppets, I am done with them. They are just wasting too much of my time that I can better use to develop more tools, apps, and content that our visitors can benefit from. I also think the other reviews on CNET far outshine any lies that these people may spread.
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