Pay up or I’ll snuff out your PC

While it usually takes a few different anti-spyware tool installs to ensure you are rid of the nasties, you may be best off sticking with some of the bigger names. There are some lesser known anti-spyware apps floating around that claim to be ridding you of spyware, but are really just a ploy to get you to buy a subscription. As if figuring out the difference between spyware, adware, and malware wasn’t already hard enough (thanks in no small part to all the babble coming from the purveyors), we now have “ransomware” to ad to the list.

Ransomware does not really protect you from spyware. You download the free trial, and install in on your machine. The program immediately starts notifying you of bugs your other programs failed to find. Then, you think this is great protection, and you buy a subscription. Unfortunately, the bugs these programs are finding don’t exist – the program falsifies the notifications. The moment you enter your newly purchased password, the program stops “finding” the fake bugs.

What’s worse, some of these programs embed themselves in Windows registries, so even after you delete the program, manually or otherwise, they keep popping up.

Simply unbelievable what some people will do for a few quick bucks.

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