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#1 thelittleduck

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 10:50 AM

The latest trend in the awful Windows ecosystem is pretty ridiculous — scammers have a fake version of the reputable AdwCleaner tool, which is a real tool for Windows experts. And this one pretends your computer is infected and tries to make you pay them to remove it.

 

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/209654/scammers-are-using-a-fake-version-of-adwcleaner-to-trick-people/?PageSpeed=noscript



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Posted 12 February 2015 - 11:12 AM

Malwarebytes and Emsisoft are detecting this fake tool... so I'm safe. For now.

(of course I'm not stupid enough to download it outside BC's mirror anyway.)

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 11:21 AM

They are charging a lot of for that scam, it's ridiculous. Even if it's a fake, there's no "clean-up" tool that is worth $60 for real. That's a shame.

Edited by Aura., 12 February 2015 - 11:21 AM.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 11:40 AM

They are charging a lot of money for that scam, it's ridiculous. Even if it's a fake, there's no "clean-up" tool that is worth $60 for real. That's a shame.

Fixed that for you, Aura.

The normal user won't know if a program is worth $60 or not - they will actually pay any price if it's a good working program - if they don't actually know where to get the legit stuff.

On a side note, Kaspersky also detects this as well.

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Edited by Alexstrasza, 12 February 2015 - 11:40 AM.


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 11:44 AM

Yeah sorry, I edited my post and didn't realize that I messed up a few words as well, thank you :P Did you scan it on VirusTotal yet or?

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 12:03 PM

Since the writer is accepting paypal, can they not be traced? I would have to assume they could be arrested for this type of misleading extortion.


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 12:32 PM

This fake was reported to the MRT earlier today.

SleepyDude reported the website to Google as Web Forgery...if they add this to the database it should protect users of Google Chrome and Firefox.


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 12:53 PM

MBAM completely took out my PCCleaner  :)  Good riddance to PCCleaner, I guess.


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 01:00 PM

Reminds me of Rogue security programs which are notorious for using scams to trick a user into spending money to buy a an application which claims to remove malware. They use bogus warning messages and alerts to indicate that the computer is infected as a scare tactic to goad folks into downloading a malicious security application to fix it.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 01:29 PM

Do you know if SleepyDude reported the Paypal as well or not? If not, I'll try to see if I can report it.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 01:50 PM

Make sure to tell everyone you know who might use adwcleaner, the REAL product NEVER asks for money. I saw this mentioned on howtogeek earlier today.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 01:52 PM

Do you know if SleepyDude reported the Paypal as well or not?

If he did, he did not mention it.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 01:53 PM

Every tools hosted on BleepingComputer are either free, or have a 30-days trial before becoming a paid product if I'm not mistaken. AdwCleaner should only be downloaded on BleepingComputer, General ChangeLog or ToolsLib since these are the three official download websites I know for it. I have a bad feeling about that, since I guess they'll try to create replicas of other tools like JRT as well.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 01:55 PM

Make sure to tell everyone you know who might use adwcleaner, the REAL product NEVER asks for money. I saw this mentioned on howtogeek earlier today.

Those who use AdwCleaner already know it is free. It's the folks who we don't know and not familiar with AdwCleaner who are at risk.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 06:26 PM

Is adwcleaner still safe to use from bleeping?






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