Mar 5, 2009

Just Say STOP to StopSign Antivirus

I was chilling with my folks this week in Colorado. They are pretty laid back, and don’t do too much. In fact, when I come to visit, we usually sit around watching old westerns and Fox News.

Well, after the westerns were over a commercial came on TV for StopSign Antivirus. They were saying stuff about how bad viruses, pop ups, spyware etc is. Then they come out and say that their product will keep you computer secure. They also go on to say that their product is the only product you will ever need.

Don’t just take my word for it, here is their ad from Youtube:

What they don’t tell you is that their software started out as a rogue antivirus program. You know the kind that pretends to be an antivirus software, but actually causes virus like symptoms like throwing up pop-ups saying their full version is the only thing that can remove the alleged infection. If you didn’t want it it was 1.5 bitches to remove it!

Now, I saw one CNet forum thread saying that StopSign has since stopped those practices. Still though, there are so many better programs available. Why would you use a product that was born out of rogue-ware?

If any of your relatives ask you about this product, do them a favor, and point them to something more trustworthy like AVG, Avast, Comodo etc.

Are any of you using StopSign? Know anybody who is? Let me know in the comments.

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