Advertising what exactly in cleaning malware

There is a new anti-malware product that has been advertised on TV.

They claim this USB key has software on it that magically will vacuum malware, viruses and Trojans off your computer.

They also claim that it is used by government agencies, companies and IT professionals and they’ve been around for many years.

A screen showing a woman getting hit with many pop-up windows. A bit far-fetched as if you had that, your computer would be useless. [Note that the computer was running Windows XP.]

OK. So let’s take a look at some their facts.

The domain they use has been around for a bit over 3 years. How did those IT professionals know about it beforehand?

Me personally, up until a couple of months, I never heard of the product.

If it is used by governments and companies, why no listing of them on the web site. I see other companies boasting clients.

Viruses are out-dated. Mostly malware, some Trojans and rootkits.

While PC Magazine gave it 4 out of 5 stars it did say it may not be suitable for the typical [novice] user. In addition, according to their review the “cleanup process wiped out some essential Windows files, making remote assistance necessary. No realtime protection against new threats. Doesn’t clean up malware traces in the Registry.”

So basically it will scan files on the computer and nothing else and could cause further problems which will probably require further costs.

If you have to purchase a product like this, what does it says about:

  • Your current security product on your computer?
  • Yourself when it comes to know what to and what not to click on?

I know of many people who’ve gone years without any security issues and they would be classified as novices. [Yes, I try and keep them informed, but that doesn’t stop everything.]

If you keep on getting hit with security issues, maybe you should seriously stop and think before clicking on something.

Oh and this isn’t much new. Most security products have software which you can download and dump on a USB key or a DVD that will do the same or better than what is offered. [I am guessing most will actually go into the registry and not touch system files either.]

In an additional note, there has been many so-called security products that claim to fix these security issues. One advertised on CNN claimed to fix these problems. When I tested it on a fresh installation [security updates but no applications] of Windows XP a couple of years back, it claimed there was all kinds of registry and other issues. On a new computer? Seriously?