IObit's Advanced SystemCare Free 3.7 DOES NOT Install Spyware
There are times when you have to fall on your sword, and for me, this is one of those times.
On Friday of last week, I posted an article which laid out a case that IObit's Advanced SystemCare Free 3.7, installed malware on a users machine based on test results (including rough copy), provided to me by an associate who is relatively new to this type of analysis.
The responsibility for posting this false information is mine of course, since I did not perform due diligence prior to posting. If I had, I would have found:
The testing methodology was not up to standard.In the circumstances, I offer my apology to IObit (whose products I have recommended without reservation, numerous times in the past), and to the readers of that particular posting.
The results of the analysis were factually incorrect.
Moreover, I apologize to regular readers who have come to depend on factually correct and unbiased product reviews, and recommendations. In this case, I have let you down.
So what we all saw in the original post was.... Flying saucers? Pink Elephants?? A MIRAGE??? Ghostly apparitions??
Looks like someone "Got to him" IMHO. From the Friday's (now missing) blog post:
I'm just thinking out loud here, but given the reputation that China, and Chinese companies have in employing espionage, it's worth considering the motivation behind IObit surreptitiously installing Spyware as part of a freeware installation. Could this be, or should this be, considered espionage?
Espionage, contrary to popular belief, is not restricted to governments, or industrial concerns. The accumulating of critical civilian data is a well tested tool used to gain advantage.
Now none of the above quoted text, real or imagined, means very much to me...I KNOW that "stuff" happens...and there's nothing I can do to stop it from happening....I'm still judging my opinion of this less than reputable software company and it's questionable program based mainly on the incident with Malwarebytes' and secondarily on it's suspicious bundling of seemingly unneeded toolbars, etc and thirdly it's questionable/ bordering on Guerrilla Marketing tactics.
A few questions for IObit: Given the controversy surrounding the toolbar/shortcuts/homepage issue, why not offer a "Slim" version a la Piriform& others? Would that not offer a better solution than "You can easily uncheck the toolbar, ignore it, and go on with IObit products installation" solution (for lack of a better term) "offered" by the official (I assume) IObit sent to reply to the other thread? I certainly think so.
The other question is: Why not offer a trial version for the Pro (paid) version up front, as is offered by DOZENS of Security software vendors, such as Kaspersky, Eset, Trend, F-Secure, ......the list is endless. The OBVIOUS point (to me) here is that a rock solid software company that has a product it believes in and stands by will give you a full trial period then let you decide. They won't give you a "watered down" version to demonstrate the quality of their work and then, after 30 days or so dangle some BOGUS claim that the Pro version will improve the speed and enhance performance by %956 or some such nonsense out in front of you if you'd just pay-up. Any nit-wit can figure that out easily.
Why don't they just show you and let you see first hand? The answer is obvious.
Because they CAN'T.
Due dilligence, INDEED.
Buh-Bye IObit---THE DUST!!!
Reason For Edit: TO REMOVE SOME OF THE VENOM FROM MY ORIGINAL POST, IN DEFERENCE TO GRINLER'S REQUEST ON THE OTHER THREAD.
Edited by Union_Thug, 17 January 2011 - 03:20 PM.