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spyware doctor--legitimate?


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#1 jch2

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:01 PM

Is Spyware Doctor a scam, or was I just (almost) sucked in by their slick scheme? My daughter's laptop became infected with XP Internet Security 2011. I went searching for a fix and half the fixes (the sites 2-sypware.com and 2-viruses.com were commonly referenced by the search results) suggested downloading Spyware Doctor from PCTools. I did so, ran the scan and it listed numerous malware issues (lots of cookies, one moderate threat). Then I was told that the software would not delete anything unless I registered (paid for) the Spyware Doctor software. So, scam or just slick marketing via those websites?
P.S. I deleted Spyware Doctor and got the problem fixed with MalwareBytes, Rkill and a few hours of work, so that's not the issue here.


EDIT: Moved top approprtaye forum... AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods

Edited by boopme, 28 March 2011 - 10:29 PM.


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:23 PM

Spyware Doctor from PCTools is legit -
But I must agree they do and have always used slick marketing practice -
Several programs from PCTools are used here, but I have not used the Antivirus program mainly due to the marketing practice -

You may mean the ">Click Here First<" type of advertising that I also "Personally Only" do not like -
Many do use the program with success -

EDIT -
Spyware Doctor is a spyware removal product for Microsoft Windows developed by PC Tools.
This is from Wiki -

Edited by noknojon, 28 March 2011 - 10:26 PM.


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:50 PM

Thanks for the info. I'm glad I didn't download junk at least.
Sorry I posted in the wrong forum initially. I'm new :blink:

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:34 AM

I went searching for a fix and half the fixes (the sites 2-sypware.com and 2-viruses.com were commonly referenced by the search results) suggested downloading Spyware Doctor from PCTools.

That is not uncommon and has been the case for years now. While SpywareDoctor is legit and has been a very good program, IMO pushing it as they do is somewhat deceptive.

In any case, always be careful of any fix instructions when doing such a search. When in doubt, come here and ask.
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