“Ads by Google” pushing Rogues

Cross post from certifiedbug.com


Normally I don’t bother to go through all the spams received on this blog before deletion, however today one Spam caught my eye: “download free removal spybot spyware | http://removalspyware.info |” because I have seen it advertised a lot via Google Ads.


http://www.removalspyware.info/content/Detecting_Spyware_on_your_computer.php


Which lists: spywareremoversreviewed.com and Spyware Remover 2006: Free Scan! 5 Star AntiSpyware – Recommended SpywareBot.com


Spyware Warrior Blog 2004:
http://netrn.net/spywareblog/archives/2004/09/12/beware-of-spyware-removal-software-sites/


“There seems to be an ever-growing list of websites offereing reviews of spyware removal products. A Google search for “spyware removal” brings up a number of paid ads for such sites.


This site: http://www.spywareremoversreview.com has this disclaimer at the bottom of the page which says:


This site provides the comparisons as a service to the Internet community. We do not endorse any of the companies, products, or services mentioned. Each product or service is the trademark of their respective company. All information is provided as opinions only.”


Zoom to 2007 and sounding familiar….


spywareremoversreviewed.com


“This site provides the comparisons as a service to the Internet community. We do not
endorse any of the companies, products, or services mentioned. Each product or service
is the trademark of their respective company. All information is provided as opinions only.


http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm#notes


CompareSpywareRemovers.com
CompareSpywareRemoval.com
SpywareRemoverComparisons.com
SpywareRemoversReview.com pushes rogue/suspect products


I have seen Google ads pushing Rogues on more than one security site/blog. Which goes to show, everyone is vulnerable to Google linking these kind of ads before they are, hopefully, filtered out.


For instance, ads for spywarebot, which is on the Rogue List for exploiting the name of Spybot-Search & Destroy.


http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm#notes


SpywareBot spywarebot.com exploits name “Spybot Search & Destroy” exploits name “Spybot Search & Destroy”; same app as AdwareAlert [A: 5-14-06 / U: 1-9-07]


A=Added. U=Updated.


Certifiedbug: Fake Security Programs


As Bill Pytlovany blogged at “Bits from Bill”:
“AntiSpyware Advertising Gets Nasty


I’m pretty confident, both Spywarebot ads are from the same company who have a couple dozen AntiSpyware products available under different names and domains. Neither are related to the popular “Spybot, Search and Destroy” program.”


Certifiedbug: VirusRescue added to Rogue Anti-Spyware List


Most recent additions: AntiSpyware Soldier (8-21-06), VirusRescue (8-21-06), VirusBlast (8-1-06), Spyware Removal Wizard (8-1-06), Easy SpyRemover (8-1-06), 1-2-3 Spyware Free (8-1-06), AdwareFinder (7-8-06), SpyHeal (7-8-06), Xmembytes AntiSpyware (6-13-06), TitanShield AntiSpyware (6-13-06), Trust Cleaner (6-13-06), KillAndClean (6-13-06), RemoveIT Pro (5-24-06), SpywareBot (5-14-06), SpyOnThis (5-7-06), Spyware Sheriff (5-7-06), Spyware Scrapper (5-7-06)

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