Adware Finder is a corrupt anti-spyware program that uses false positives. We have tested this application on absolutely clean computer that was never infected with spyware, trojans, viruses or any other malicious parasites. However, Adware Finder managed to find two malware-related files.
Further analysis revealed that these two files (both have the csrss.exe name) are actually fully legitimate Windows components required by the operating system to work properly. Deleting them would corrupt the entire system. Nevertheless, we have made such an attempt in order to check whether Adware Finder really removes detected “malicious” objects. The results are rather surprising. The program not only does not find actual malware, but also is unable to get rid of incorrectly identified objects. After Adware Finder has “successfully” completed the removal procedure, both csrss.exe files were still in the system.
The application has a poor performance scan engine. It relies on a file containing the list of known malicious objects. This file is not even an actual database, because it’s extremely small (7KB) and not encrypted. Furthermore, it is a plain text file containing only 522 file names. There are no paths or special keywords. This means that Adware Finder searches only for known files, and identifies them as malware irrespectively of their location. Such scan technique is absolutely useless and even harmful. It must be noted that a system scan can take up to two hours, as the application repeatedly scans the same folders on the system drive. It does not check running processes, the Windows registry or other local disks.
Adware Finder bundles additional software – AdFinder Toolbar, an Internet Explorer add-on, which is also absolutely useless.
The program’s interface imitates the look of SpyBot – Search & Destroy, a legitimate and popular spyware remover.
Adware Finder is made by engageMARKETING, an adware company, which is a partner of DollarRevenue, an infamous spyware and adware distributor.
The official web site is www.adwarefinder.com. There is a notice on the site, which states that “AdwareFinder.com is proud to be a member of the Network Advertising Initiative”. However, NAI (Network Advertising Initiative), a cooperative of online marketing, analytics, advertising and e-mail companies disproves this. AdwareFinder.com is not, and never was a member of NAI.
Adware Finder is a free product. Nevertheless, we highly advise to avoid downloading and installing it. This program is absolutely useless, and can even be harmful.