Be careful: Scammers Are Using a Fake Version of AdwCleaner to Trick People

Information:

"The latest trend in the awful Windows ecosystem is pretty ridiculous — 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."

Source + more info: http://www.howtogeek.com/209654/scammers-are-using-a-fake-version-of-adwcleaner-to-trick-people/

 

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Last updated May 16, 2018 Views 157 Applies to:
Thanks for posting the warning - - -
MVP Consumer Security 2014-2016
Windows Insider MVP 2016-2018

You're welcome :)

 

May 4, 2018: I won't participate anymore in MC. Enough is enough.
Good catch! Thank you (and Lowell).
Lenovo ThinkCentre A55-8705/Windows XP Home Edition SP3/.NET3.5SP1/IE8/MSEv4.4.
Thanks for the praise :)
May 4, 2018: I won't participate anymore in MC. Enough is enough.

Malwarebytes Antimalware and several other vendors (MSFT not being one of them) are detecting the fake AdwCleaner.

A New Twist on Tech Support Scams Pop Ups
https://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud-scam/2015/02/a-new-twist-on-tech-support-scams-pop-ups/

Removal Instructions
https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F164769-removal-instructions-for-fake-adwcleaner%2F

No word yet on whether the real AdwCleaner will remove the fake.

bhringer

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-fake-adwcleaner-virus/

EDIT: So, according to this malwaretips-removal guide the real AdwCleaner does (now) remove the fake one.

May 4, 2018: I won't participate anymore in MC. Enough is enough.

Ah, the Scammers!

"Age cannot wither, nor custom stale, their infinite variety" as Shakespeare put it.