Posted 05 July 2006 - 06:26 AM
My name's Mike and I'm 73. My main Internet interests are teaching my friends basic IT skills and also the Trainz rail simulator. I found this site whilst trying to find the answer to rogue spyware programs. One of my friends has accidentally installed a rogue spyware program called AdwareAlert from Google which will not allow Lavasoft's genuine Ad-Aware to run and, I suspect, will unleash mayhem if he uses the "free" scan because it has no "uninstall" and you can't remove it through XP.
I read elsewhere that this and similar programs will inroduce trojans and a mass of pop-ups if used but, so far, I haven't been able to find an answer, not even at grc.com. It is actually blackmail because when the scan is complete the program demands $39.95 to register and "clear!!" the spyware. It looks like a complete reinstall for my friend unless there is software available to remove these pests.
Rogue spyware programs are, apparently, a comparatively recent and growing problem and tend to be found in the "Sponsored Links" section of search engines. Has anyone found any answers to these pests? If so, I would be very pleased to hear about it.