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Fake AdwCleaner: with removal instructions

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    Fake AdwCleaner: with removal instructions


    Scammers Are Using a Fake Version of AdwCleaner to Trick People
    Lowell Heddings
    11 Feb 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowell Heddings, the How-to Geek
    The latest trend in the awful Windows ecosystem is pretty ridiculous ó scammers have a fake version of the reputable AdwCleaner tool, which is a real tool for Windows experts. And this one pretends your computer is infected and tries to make you pay them to remove it.

    AdwCleaner is indeed a real freeware tool, with a good reputation for removing spyware and adware. Itís not as well known as MalwareBytes because itís not all that user friendly, since it is meant for Windows experts rather than regular users. And the scammers have tried to mimic the interface, stealing the logo, and even ripping out the icon (badly) for their fake version.

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    The ironic thing is that this is getting on peopleís PCs that are already infected with adware or spyware of some type, which then keep popping up windows to a page that looks like this oneÖ which tells you that adware is detected. Which is surprisingly accurate, although the fake app isnít going to remove that adware.

    Once you click through that dialog, itíll give you a scary message like this, telling you to download AdwCleaner. Since youíve probably heard your geeky friends talking about AdwCleaner, a normal user might be tempted to download it.

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    Only download software from reputable websites !!

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    Google's blocking most if not all of Filehippo downloads. At least, that was the case in the very recent past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Google's blocking most if not all of Filehippo downloads. At least, that was the case in the very recent past.
    Please elaborate - Google search, Google Chrome browser?

    Google search presents FileHippo, so you must mean Chrome

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    Many sites are supported by advertising and it can get confusing which button to press. The easiest way to verify that you're downloading what you want (instead of what the advertisers want you to download by mistake) is to hover over the download link and read the URL in the status bar.

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Fake AdwCleaner: with removal instructions
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