Watch Out For Rogue Registry Cleaners

Yesterday I touched upon the issues posed by rogue registry cleaners but I wonder why are they so effective?

The most obvious answer to that question, perhaps, is that such programs have evolved into extremely professional looking software.

A well written rogue registry cleaner will be able to imitate Microsoft Windows warnings and alert screens so well that the typical user would not know that the product wasn’t what it was cracked up to be.

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The Cost Of False Warnings

The false warning screens thrown up by rogue registry cleaners will almost always offer an inducement to buy a program that, on the face of it, is designed to protect your computer and take care of all the ‘problems’ that the cleaner has identified.

There will likely be a button or other link that will whisk you away to a website which will ask for your credit card number in order to take payment.

This of course could lead to problems beyond simply buying a worthless piece of software.

If those behind the rogue registry cleaner are so inclined, and they probably are, then credit card fraud and identity theft could be your next problems.

Rogue Registry Cleaner Trickery

Many rogue programs are designed in a way that will trick you into installing them onto your computer.

This could be by simply implying that they are a useful program that will fix problems and speed up your computer.

Alternatively, they could be far more secretive, being installed without your knowledge when you run other infected software.

For that reason you should never allow anything to be installed on your computer unless you are absolutely certain that it is required and from a trustworthy source.

Keeping your firewall up and running, in addition to employing an up-to-date antivirus or internet security suite can also provide a level of protection versus rogue programs and applications.

Lastly, if you are looking for a reliable registry cleaner, try the one I recommend – Registry Easy.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Registry cleaning freewares are available online and the users have to download it to their computers to clean their registry. After downloading the appropriate version of the registry cleaner that is suitable for your OS, the program has to be installed into the system. Installation process is very simple and is less time consuming. For Windows XP users, the need to reboot the system after installation is absolutely not needed. By running the .exe file placed on the desktop, the program will be launched without delay.

  2. Here is interesting video called “Registry Cleaners – Avoid Scams ”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtdvY2jIDFY

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