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#16 Aura

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 06:40 PM

Yes, the real and original AdwCleaner from BleepingComputer is safe to use. This one is a fake, it's not associated in any way with the real one.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:17 PM

Is adwcleaner still safe to use from bleeping?

This topic is about a fake using the AdwCleaner name so the real tool has no association other than the name hijacking.

It is not uncommon for malware writers to use the names of well known security tools and legitimate anti-virus programs as part of the name for bogus and fake software in order to trick people into using them. There were at least two rogues that used part of or all of the Malwarebytes name including this Fake and Bundled Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0. There also were rogues for SmitfraudFixTool, VundoFixTool, Spybot Search and Destroy, Avira AntiVir and many more. Even Microsoft has been targeted by attackers using such names as MS Anti-virus and Windows Defender in naming schemes for rogue applications.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:19 PM

More info in this topic by Grinler...Fake AdwCleaner scareware generates thousands of dollars for scammers
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:25 PM

Yes, the real and original AdwCleaner from BleepingComputer is safe to use. This one is a fake, it's not associated in any way with the real one.

OK thanks just asking because with all the hackers you just never know from one day to the next.


Yes, the real and original AdwCleaner from BleepingComputer is safe to use. This one is a fake, it's not associated in any way with the real one.

 

 

Is adwcleaner still safe to use from bleeping?

This topic is about a fake using the AdwCleaner name so the real tool has no association other than the name hijacking.

It is not uncommon for malware writers to use the names of well known security tools and legitimate anti-virus programs as part of the name for bogus and fake software in order to trick people into using them. There were at least two rogues that used part of or all of the Malwarebytes name including this Fake and Bundled Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0. There also were rogues for SmitfraudFixTool, VundoFixTool, Spybot Search and Destroy, Avira AntiVir and many more. Even Microsoft has been targeted by attackers using such names as MS Anti-virus and Windows Defender in naming schemes for rogue applications.

 

OK thank you for the info.



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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:27 PM

You can be sure that all the download links on BleepingComputer are safe to use and legitimate. I don't think they were even changed once to distribute malware, BleepingComputer is probably one of the safest tool library there is.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:31 PM

Thanks



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:14 AM

Malwarebytes' take on the AdwCleaner scam

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 05:48 AM

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes this fraudulent piece of software as Trojan.FakeAdwareCleaner.A.

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