Anti Adware Pro is a corrupt spyware remover that uses false positives as goad to purchase. It’s also a poor performance program terribly similar to a number of other rogue products. Neither of them is able to provide even a minimal protection from widely spread threats.
We have tested Anti Adware Pro on absolutely clean computer that was never infected with spyware parasites, trojans, viruses or any other malicious threats. The program managed to identify two dangerous parasites – the Actual Spy 2.8 keylogger and the IEPlugin downloader. Further analysis revealed that the registry keys associated with detected parasites were absolutely safe. The entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer was used by the Internet Explorer web browser. The key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run wasn’t used at the moment, but it was harmless as well. Removing either of these keys would affect the system. See screenshots provided below.
Anti Adware Pro uses ineffective malware detection engine. System scan performed on a regular computer storing hundreds of gigabytes of various data takes less than two minutes. The program does not examine each file, registry key or process present in the system, but instead searches only for a limited number of malicious objects listed in its spyware definitions database. Implementing such scan technique results in false positives and inability to identify numerous variants of known parasites.
To prove our words, we have tested Anti Adware Pro on a badly infected machine. Results were far from being satisfactory. The application missed the larger part of all pre-installed parasites including even well-known risks such as Look2Me, Surf SideKick and Internet Optimizer, not to mention numerous downloader trojans, backdoor components and several emerging threats.
The program’s makers call its free version a trial. However, it’s only a demonstration version that refuses to remove any parasites it finds. It asks to register and purchase the full product.
The application is a clone of other corrupt products such as Ad-Purge Adware & Spyware Remover, Froggie Scan, Privacy Crusader, Spy Reaper, SpyViper, Spyware Scrapper, theSpywareShield and Oceanside Adware Spyware Remover. All these programs have identical user interfaces and produce similar scan results. Furthermore, all of them consist of terribly similar components.
The official web site is www.antiadwarepro.com. It uses social engineering techniques to trick users into purchasing the rogue.
According to the page, the program’s normal price is $49.95. However, customers ordering it online by Wednesday, November 29th, 2006, would get it for only $29.95. Keeping in mind that most Anti Adware Pro clones cost $29.95, and the day of our tests was exactly the same as mentioned on the web site (November 29, 2006), we decided to play a little trick. We changed the system date to November 6, 2005 and reloaded the page. As we expected, it was November 5, 2005 instead of November 29, 2006. This means that program makers do not make generous offers, but simply use a special code to show exactly the same date as visitor’s system is set to. Take a look on a screenshot provided below.
DO NOT buy this product!