Privacy Tools 2004 is an infamous apparently discontinued corrupt anti-spyware program. Its official web site www.privacytools2004.com is still active, but is no longer associated with the product. We couldn’t find any working installation package of Privacy Tools 2004 and therefore didn’t test the application. However, Spyware Warrior community as well as a lot of 2-spyware.com users already made numerous reports stating that Privacy Tools 2004 produces inexcusable false positives finding hundreds of malicious objects on completely clean computers and detecting legitimate programs as dangerous parasites.
Furtheremore, the application’s vendor tried to silence criticism by disallowing users from taking and posting screenshots of the program and any related material. Here are few excerpts from the Privacy Tools 2004 end user license agreement:
“All title and copyrights in and to the software product (including but not limited to any images, photographs, animations, video, audio, music, text, and “applets” incorporated into the software product), the accompanying printed materials, and any copies of the software product are owned by the Author of this Software.”
“By using this software you agree not to take or use screenshots of the software and understand doing so will result in legal action being taken against you. You understand Screenshots are copyrighted protected material of the software owner.”
“By using this software you agree that you are not the owner of, affiliated with, or a
member of spywarewarrior.com”
On August, 2004 the vendor participated in a discussion on the SpywareWarrior forum. He threatened anti-spyware community to start developing and distributing spyware himself.
We have been informed that the last available free version of Privacy Tools 2004 refused to remove any critical objects it found and asked to purchase full commercial version.
Well-known spyware experts such as Eric L. Howes claim that Privacy Tools 2004 is a clone of other corrupt spyware removers like AdDriller, ADS Adware Remover, AdwareSpy, AdwareX Eliminator, ETD Security Scanner and others. It is also believed that Privacy Tools 2004 uses the same spyware definitions database as rogue products mentioned above.
DO NOT use this product!