Anti-spyware program installs adware from BestOffersNetwork

Anti-spyware program installs adware from BestOffersNetwork

Summary: Yesterday I found a Google AdWords ad (using the words Spy Sweeper) for a new anti-spyware app called Spy-Shield. It looked suspicious right away because the homepage shows a supposed scan in progress that appears to find spyware.

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Yesterday I found a Google AdWords ad (using the words Spy Sweeper) for a new anti-spyware app called Spy-Shield. It looked suspicious right away because the homepage shows a supposed scan in progress that appears to find spyware. The front page also says the application is free "with the help of integrated ads that are displayed periodically through Spy-Shield." Sure enough - the app will not install unless the user agrees to install software from the BestOffersNetwork, which is Direct-Revenue renamed.

I've blogged the details including screenshots and results of testing Spy-Shield here.

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  • spyware

    You'll run into the screen if you mistakenly key goggle instead of google.
    matthew.graff@...
    • "key goggle"?

      Is this some kind of found poetry? What could "key goggle" possibly mean? Key it where? Google? Your browser address window? The NSA site?
      kentfx_z
      • obvious

        I think it should be obvious that "key goggle" means to type goggle into the address bar.
        Suzi_z
      • clueless

        if you really are that clueless how did you find this link?
        zclayton2
  • I like privacy policy

    At the moment their privacy policy link returns 404 error.

    The screenshot looks familiar, obviously just another clone licensed for few hundreds.

    But I would blame this one on Google (again) :)
    duck01
  • AntiSpyware

    This is not the only "anti-spyware" program that installs spyware!
    doc_cotton
    • Also Spyware in poplular 'free' Ad-Aware

      The popular (millions of downloads) 'free' anti-Ad & anti-Spy ware program Ad-Aware also installs a Data Miner spy-ware component. Rarely is anything truly 'free' on the Internet.
      Tim_M
      • Reference?

        <i>anti-Ad & anti-Spy ware program Ad-Aware also installs a Data Miner spy-ware component.</i>

        I'd really like to see your reference for this. Even to say what data miner it actually installs. I've used Ad-Aware for years on probably hundreds of machines, in conjunction with many other ad/spyware scanners. None of them ever picked up anything installed by Ad-Aware.

        If I install Ad-Aware on a clean machine, obviously it detects nothing. Scanning with <i>anything</i> else after this still detects nothing that doesn't show up on a bare install of Windows, anyway, like Alexa.

        What does Ad-Aware install?
        cbiltcliffe@...
        • Adaware

          You are not alone-what like to know (as well as millions of others the reference of the assertion that AdAware has a spyware program added).
          jheffner@...
      • I don't think so.

        You should delete everything in your Ad-Aware quaratine folder and test again with your program. Bet it doesn't show anything. By the way, Alexa is installed by MS thru OSs, service packs and IE upgrades and a few others. Rerun your Ad-Aware after you do something with MS.
        osreinstall