I wanted to install Spybot software as my colleges recommended it as they had no issues with it. On searching for Spybot I got directed to SpywareBot which I had to pay for but I was not immediately aware of the misdirection until I ran the installed software. Have I done wrong and is SpywareBot safe? Is it a serious Rouge bit of software and should I uninstall it? All advice much appreciated.
I was taken just like you but did not pay just wasted my time. The google reference to spywarebot is totally misleading and it implies it is to spybot s&d. In addition their webpage is incorrect as it state you can download a free version. (Not download for free). There was a link given on this forum to complain which I did and received the following reply .
"Thanks for reporting. <click here>SpyWareBot is already known to us. We have given these informations to our lawyer and he is trying to do something against this fraudly advertising.
Best regards Sandra Team Spybot"
The spyware bot program would not uninstall without deleting registry entries. I had previously used a-squared but a recent update had bugs and after scanning was unable to delete or quarantine. a-sqared have done nothing about fixing this program. I then downloade spydoctor which is a free version and part of a Gogle package. It came up with what a-squared had found but in addition one of these worms which report keystrokes back somewhere. I believe that his could only have been downloaded with the spyware bot program. As Mac 70 has said this is a rogue and perhaps very dangerous program.
Seems as if I too have fallen for this one. I've been using the Spyware.Bot for the last 5-6 weeks and picked it up off the Google search and it does seem to clear out the junk as well as allowing regular updates. It hasn't given me any cause for concern. However, I aslo use Adaware and Norton. Have I covered myself or am I still open to threat using from Spyware.bot? I will be uninstalling it but I have'nt noticed an increase in 'spam' or anything else untoward.