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c۞g
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stopzilla.com

Post by c۞g » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:10 pm

I, along with several other Community members have been spammed the same comment by user: [url=http://www.mywot.com/user/1192314/track t=_self]stopzilla[/url]
Re: Your STOPzilla review.
We are the owners and operators of STOPzilla & STOPzilla.com. Your posted comments about our product and website are absolutely false, libelous and misleading.

Below are multiple links from reputable sources which prove that our company acts responsibly and does not engage in any of the activities you described. Furthermore, STOPzilla has won numerous awards and has been certified by the well respected West Coast Labs testing organization. STOPzilla is 100% clean of any malicious code or behavior whatsoever. Any comment contrary to this is an absolute fabrication and is considered libel.

We are reaching out to you amicably and we trust that you will act responsibly and remove all these libelous comments immediately.

Regards,
The STOPzilla Team!
seo@stopzilla.com
1-877-877-9944

· Anti-Virus Scan Reports:
http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/e56cffac4ce76c03228185fd85ee6f37df2ab...
http://virusscan.jotti.org/en/scanresult/5658bf478243f8d8c17003a39380050...

West Coast Labs Certification:
http://www.westcoastlabs.com/about/press/release/?pressID=29

STOPzilla Awards:
http://www.is3.com/media/awards.do

How STOPzilla Works:
http://www.stopzilla.com/learning/HowSTOPzillaWorks.do

Finalist in 2008 for “Stevie Award” for excellence in customer:
http://www.stevieawards.com/pubs/awards/403_2436_17725.cfm


I posted the above message to me on the Forums, since it was not a privately sent PM.

When ever anyone claims:
Your posted comments about our product and website are absolutely false, libelous and misleading.

While those claims are backed up by other reputable websites, such as:
[url=http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2162968,00.asp t=_self]At a glance - reviews by PC Magazine[/url]

STOPzilla has a cute name, but it costs more than the best standalone antispyware programs and does less. Yes, it offers some bonus features for Internet Explorer, but they're things that IE already does...and does better.

So-so performance protecting a clean system; allowed several rootkits and Trojan horses to install. Phishing protection is significantly less effective than what's built into IE and Firefox.


Wikipedia [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stopzilla t=_self]Stopzilla article[/url]
Several sources note STOPzilla is ineffective or even rogue anti-spyware. The "web of trust" ("WOT") community has claimed that STOPzilla is malicious rogue software.

PC Magazine's review references (in the "Cons" section) issues with effectiveness and notes that the "Bottom Line" was that "STOPzilla has a cute name, but it costs more than the best standalone antispyware programs and does less. Yes, it does offer some bonus features for Internet Explorer, but they're things that IE already does...and does better."

Forums on the website for competitor Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware contains some criticism of STOPzilla that is even more unenthusiastic, such as "I believe that this one has been classified as scraping the edge of rogue for a while but not quite crossing it . Certainly it is not a recommended antimalware application ." "I know that it turns up" ... "a lot" ... "when I go looking for new rogues."

The iS3 website shows the vendor is aware that their program has been unscrupulously marketed by tactics that include "tampering with searches, adware, hijacking, use of Trojans" by members of their affiliate program.

On the other hand, in September 2008, STOPzilla received antispyware certification from West Coast Labs.


If you examine the [url=http://www.mywot.com/scorecard/stopzilla.com t=_self]Scorecard for stopzilla[/url], you will find good comments posted mostly by users with low involvement in WOT and some of them even rate host-files.net low because it references stopzilla in it's hosts file database.

Is3 / Stopzilla references, "West Coast Labs certification".
Actually West Coast Labs only states that Stopilla "installs" and has the "check mark" to prove it.
You need to ask yourself, just who is West Coast Labs, and who makes them the "authority" of security software review?
Admitedly, West Coast Labs is owned by a media company called:
Haymarket Publishing Limited / haymarket.com
If you visit their website, and scroll to the bottom of the page, it has a copyright notice:
(c) 1957 - 2010
1957? The Internet didn't exist in 1957 and if this media company is so established, why did it not get it's domain name before [url=http://whois.domaintools.com/haymarket.com t=_self]Aug 14, 2006[/url]
You can see by the site's scorecard that though not many have rated it, it doesn't seem to hold a good reputation.

I guess to be "certified" by West Coast Labs, you need to pay them to say your are "legitimate" They have other rogue brand names on their site, but I couldn't fid many reputable names, like any of the AV / anti-malware products I personally use...


c۞g
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the rabbit hole

Post by c۞g » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:12 am

I have chosen to rate these as a scam since the product(s) are rogue-like.
My scorecard comments will merely point to this forum topic.
Your rating and or comments may disagree with me as it should be within a Community where everyone doesn't see things the same way.

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Guest

I just had the same message

Post by Guest » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:43 am

I just had the same message from STOPzilla and I have to say I regarded it as rather threatening considering I was stating my view/option of the product based on my experience and reliable sources. I will not change my rating or comments untill STOPzilla address many issues with the product and their marketing plus get other accreditatiion from companies other than West Coast Labs.

I agree with the above posters especially g7w and WOT users who rated this product poorly. You should seriouisly look at why your product is failing in the eyes of many people.

HpHosts have you listed as FSA (Bogus or fraudulent software) which goes to confirm my own findings and view as it is far too invasive on privacy and fails to give adequate protection compared to many leading brands.

www.issviews.com for views and news of the starte of digital security. Add your comments/.feedback on your existing security software to help others choose what's right for them and what isn't. Read up on the latest rogue software and threats too.

TheBonobo4
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All sites rated

Post by TheBonobo4 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:14 pm

All sites rated appropriately.

Platinum Level Member of the WOT Community.

evilfantasy
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Your claims of good reviews

Post by evilfantasy » Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:55 pm

Good reviews are bought all of the time. STOPZilla will have to come with much more evidence than reviews to change my rating. Start with removing the false findings that scare users into buying a license.

Is it showing as a virus at VirusTotal and other file scanners? No. That's because a rouge and a virus are two different things. You should know that! I said your software is a rouge, not a virus.

c۞g
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re: virustotal

Post by c۞g » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:15 pm

It had positive results in the past, back when the "installer" was around 384kb in size, it has been modified and reduced to approx 64kb and no longer returns positive results from VT.

Guest

Thanks for the info g7w :D

Post by Guest » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:42 pm

Thanks for the info g7w :D Rated and commented.

I have blogged this, if anyone wants a read. http://issviews.com/blog/?p=352

Having seen exactly what domains STOPzilla is hosting and associated to, I am even more convinced that there are malicious intentions within that company.
www.issviews.com for views and news of the starte of digital security. Add your comments/.feedback on your existing security software to help others choose what's right for them and what isn't. Read up on the latest rogue software and threats too.

Zammy67rocks2
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Don't forget this when your reminded of FAIL-zilla:

Post by Zammy67rocks2 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:51 pm

That Rouge Anti-Viruses are evil!

jpvip
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Awards...

Post by jpvip » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:33 am

I have talked to IS3 in the past, and have asked them to apply links to those awards on their website of STOPzilla.com. Check out the Award pictures on the front page and the awards page.

Right now, I am neutral about IS3. Although, their products are not rogue.

Current VT url: http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/12cf8f23b0f3d14ef3f2af8f273efedd6d63e50645a9cc7cd6e999d723c78248-1269134944

1. It can not be classified as "rogue" because there is no unsolicited intrusion/penetration into the system
2. There is no explicit enforcement to buy a higher/pro version of the same program.
3. Detection of the mentioned program is based on behavior (such as registry changes)
4. Can not find any illegitimate advertisements/offers in program.

~DragonMaster Jay - Malware Analyst - admin of Advanced Malware Analysts.

hotdoge3
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bing it “STOPzilla”. sucks 1,710 results

Post by hotdoge3 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:49 am

http://hosts-file.net/?s=download.stopzilla.com (Classification:FSA) "rogue" security

http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/stopzilla.com/summary/

http://www.antispyware-softwarereviews.com/reviews/stopzilla_antispyware.php

hasn't updated there software in a few years …and it shows.

http://download.cnet.com/Stopzilla/3640-8022_4-10603607.html?tag=tab_ur

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stopzilla

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Stopzilla

http://www.crystalidea.com/uninstall-stopzilla

Many users complain of difficult removal process of STOPzilla Anti-Spyware product.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0%2C2817%2C2162968%2C00.asp (Read the STOPzilla 5.0 full review)
Hiding negative complaints is only a Band-Aid.

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