Is That Free Anti-Spyware Application a Rogue In Disguise?
Why Free Anti-Spyware Software Isn't Always A Good Deal
I'll be the first to admit I'm a sucker for a bargain, but when it comes to anti-spyware software I know that you often get what you pay for (in most cases). While there are definitely affordable and even free anti-spyware applications out there, the free ones are often NOT everything they're cracked up to be. If you want to make sure you don't fall for a spyware scan scam, there are some things you need to know.
A Free Scan Isn't Always a Good Thing
You know those anti-spyware programs that let you download a "free" spyware scanner? They're not always a good thing.
The logic behind this "free scan" offer is that you get to see if there is really any spyware on your system before paying for a program to remove it. However, the results of these "free scans" aren't always what they appear to be.
The Rogue Scam
There are many rogue anti-spyware applications on the market that allow you to scan your PC for free, and then provide you with a list of spyware infections that your computer has been assaulted with. You are then told you need to pay for the full version of the software to remove the spyware threats.
The problem? The threats don't really exist. The list of "infections" was created for the sole purpose of scaring you into paying for a product that can't really offer you any real protection.
The Bottom Line
If you want to keep your computer safe from real spyware threats, use trusted anti-spyware software. A reputable brand is a must. These fly-by-night companies offering "free scans" of your hard drive are often rogue anti-spyware apps that have nothing but profit in mind.