Defending Freedom of Speech

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Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by williKi » Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:10 pm

As some (or all) of you probably know, the leadership of Enigma Software has announced it's intention to sue Bleeping Computer over a negative revue of the software "SpyHunter".

hxxps://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2016/02/bleepingcomputer-defends-freedom-of-speech/

The link to the revue is available on the page listed above. I personally have never felt the need to use the software that was mentioned, but I do remember reviewing that thread awhile back (posted September 2014) and took note of the review. I will say that my experience has been that when one of the mods gives a review like that, they are usually right on.

I have to wonder if the folks at Bleeping Computer know about the WOT reviews on vendor's scorecard:

hxxps://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/enigmasoftware.com

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by A440 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:07 pm

The spyhunter guys have a spotty and suspect record. If they simply want to throw lawyers at someone, they can but I don't think they will do well.

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by YUMENEKO » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:16 pm

To be honest, I dont know why Enigma Software is sueing them. Bleeping Computer gave an honest review about their 'Spyhunter'. It isnt their fault that their software is pretty bad. I hope Bleeping Computer wins. Enigma Software needs to learn a lesson.

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by Apollo702 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:57 am

[green] In court truth is a defense. Based on the limited evidence that I have seen I hope that Enigma loses and the judge grants them Bleeping Computer's costs. [/green]

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by williKi » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:51 pm

The leadership of Enigma Software:

hxxp://www.linkedin.com/in/alvinestevez/

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by Dr-Flay » Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:54 am

This is a case of "the greedy child getting caught with it's hands in the biscuit tin."
It will scream and stamp it's feet to avoid answering direct questions.
I personally rate their style of product as "Ransom-ware" or "Extortion-ware".

I first gave SpyHunter a WOT review in 2013 after testing on a clean Windows (Kasperski Live ISO, Malware bytes then AVG)
Thankfully I recognised that the severe threats it saw were just normal cookies, which they know they can delete without damaging your system (after you pay).
That was the end of the era of critically vicious cookies that could execute things, and now the worst they do is damage our privacy.
If you have a problem with bad cookies, your browser has an option to delete them. and the free CCleaner will also do a nice cookie clean up.

As for the "review" posted in 2014 at Bleeping Computer, no review was posted by the site.
A Moderator of the forum posted their own personal opinion within a <strong.>"public forum" thread.
This equates to suing the local council because you overheard someone in the town park saying true but negative things about you.

From what I can see of the recent years, there seems to be many repeated incidents of "accidental" double charges.
You may make the banking occasional error, but this often is clearly them chancing what they can get away with.

All that needs to be done is to show any court or Judge a clean PC being scanned by the free SpyHunter.
That could be a PC previously scanned by at least 3 of the top performing AV, or a fresh Windows with only Windows updates and has been made to visit 1 safe site that uses cookies (eg. run IE once and it will go to microsoft).

In genuine tests it has performed very badly when dealing with real threats, but gives false security by showing lots of deleted "serious problems" (normal cookies).

***Here I will draw some comparisons for context, and food for thought.
All the top quality AV companies have various real free tools, because they know you will recognise the quality after it does it's job well and buy it.
All the low quality AV companies and scammers offer a free scanner, that is only there to scare you into buying a product you don't even know will work.
The exact same tactic is used by fake AV popups.
As far as I am concerned this practice should be illegal for a registered company. When malware does it we call it extortion but when big old Norton and intel/Mcafee do it people turn a blind eye (they do at least have average AV).
Do you see Avira, Bitdefender, Kasperski, Eset, F-secure, AVG or Avast use dumb scanners ?
No, because they all genuinely work well (most of the time) and people will pay for that once they try it. Several even offer the AV scan and fix, via free browser extensions.
All top quality AV companies have a free emergency boot ISO with todays product pre-installed and ready to boot from CD or USB..
No top quality AV company needs to do subscription based tech support for home users. It would show their product is not doing its job.

People do not pay to get infected, they are victims on a short time frame, and all companies that hold users hostage before they can prove their product even works should be fined for every false item removed and real problems it cannot.
There are far too many scam security companies that trade on fear and ignorance.
These cowboys have been around far too long and it is time for them to mosey on down the road.

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by williKi » Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:37 pm

One of the "Technical Support Agents" for Enigma Software. He appears to have moved over from the sales and marketing profession. Before that, training as an actor:

hxxps://www.linkedin.com/in/kalin-mirchev-14a27 ... e_map-name

"Looking for new opportunities..".

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by williKi » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:52 pm

Gets better, "Content Writer" from Enigma hxxps://www.linkedin.com/in/maya-yaneva-983926a ... e_map-name, is posting tech articles to this suspicious site: hxxp://sensorstechforum.com/. Absolutely no IT background.

As far as the site, hxxps://whois.icann.org/en/lookup?name=sensorstechforum.com. Hidden contact. No contact information anywhere on the site. I would not be surprised if this site is actually owned by Enigma Software.

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by raul۞b » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:38 am

The content we put degrade the reputation of company. Though everyone has their own choice, but opinions must be shared wisely. Even without using the software program, many of us has reviewed it.

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RE: Defending Freedom of Speech

Post by williKi » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:53 pm

<quote user="raul۞b">
The content we put degrade the reputation of company. Though everyone has their own choice, but opinions must be shared wisely. Even without using the software program, many of us has reviewed it.
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That's what I like about defending Freedom of Speech, everyone is free to exercise it. Cheers.

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