The Spyware Warrior List of  

Anti-Spyware Family Resemblances

 
One surprising and depressing aspect of the anti-spyware scene is the sheer number of applications that are either knockoffs or rip-offs of Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy (two of the most recognized and trusted anti-spyware apps on the Net) or are simply re-branded clones of other applications released under different names and by different companies. In many cases, the "family resemblances" among these applications are all too easy to detect.

 This page is part of the Spyware Warrior List of
 Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites

Family # 1: Too close for comfort...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning finished Detected components
Ad-aware 5.83

aaw5-1.jpg (94625 bytes)

aaw5-3.jpg (73539 bytes)

aaw5-4.jpg (63807 bytes)

BPS Spyware & Adware Remover 
(old version) *

bps-1b.jpg (110277 bytes)

bps-3b.jpg (83745 bytes)

bps-4b.jpg (129969 bytes)

BPS Spyware & Adware Remover / Adware Cops
(new version) *

adw-cops-2.jpg (86072 bytes)

adw-cops-6.jpg (84055 bytes)

adw-cops-8.jpg (114247 bytes)

BPS Spyware & Adware Remover / Adware Striker
(new version) *

adstriker-1.jpg (113832 bytes)

adstriker-6.jpg (117142 bytes)

adstriker-8.jpg (143606 bytes)

BPS Spyware & Adware Remover / Spy Striker
(new version) *

sstriker-1.jpg (82651 bytes)

sstriker-5.jpg (82229 bytes)

sstriker-7.jpg (106813 bytes)

BPS Spyware & Adware Remover / Spyware Cops 
(new version) *

sw-cops-1.jpg (101038 bytes)

sw-cops-5.jpg (102360 bytes)

sw-cops-7.jpg (141262 bytes)

MalwareScanner +

Real AdWareRemoverGold 

real-arg-1.jpg (121687 bytes)

real-arg-2.jpg (115123 bytes)

real-arg-4.jpg (181156 bytes)

SpywareNuker **

swnuker-1.jpg (83008 bytes)

swnuker-4.jpg (76003 bytes)

swnuker-5.jpg (113967 bytes)

TZ Spyware Adware Remover 

tz-2.jpg (135128 bytes)

tz-3.jpg (115630 bytes)

tz-4.jpg (179593 bytes)

Comments: On top of their strong resemblances to Ad-aware 5.83, all of the Ad-aware rip-offs in this family group use the same spyware reference database file (update.ref). Moreover, their scan logs are identical to those produced by Ad-aware 5.83.

* Note on BPS Spyware & Adware Remover: Sometime in early 2005 Bulletproofsoft released a new version of BPS Spyware & Adware Remover (version 9). This new version sports a fresh interface as well as a firewall. It also carries the alternate names Adware Cops (downloadable from adwarecops.com), Adware Striker (downloadable from adwarestriker.com),Spyware Cops (downloadable from spywarecops.com), or Spy Striker (downloadable from spystriker.com). Although the Adware Cops, Adware Striker, Spyware Cops, and Spy Striker applications might initially appear to be separate applications, in fact they are just the latest version of BPS Spyware & Adware Remover, only re-skinned. The Adware Cops, Adware Striker, Spyware Cops, and Spy Striker installers even download and install the full BPS applications from Bulletproofsoft. 

+ Note on MalwareScanner: this application appears to be the first instance of a 3rd generation of BPS-based anti-spyware applications.

** Note: the version of SpywareNuker represented here is an older version that is no longer available. It is included here for archival/documentation purposes only. The new version (SpywareNuker 2004, see below) has no discernible relationship to any of the apps in this "family." Read this note about SpywareNuker.

 

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Family # 2: Kissing cousins...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning finished Detected components
Ad-aware 5.83

aaw5-1.jpg (94625 bytes)

aaw5-3.jpg (73539 bytes)

aaw5-4.jpg (63807 bytes)

#1 Spyware Killer

1-sw-killer-3.jpg (154716 bytes)

1-sw-killer-5.jpg (134788 bytes)

1-sw-killer-6.jpg (135520 bytes)

iSpyKiller *

ispyk-2.jpg (96167 bytes)

ispyk-4.jpg (96497 bytes)

ispyk-9.jpg (102864 bytes)

Max Privacy Protector

mpp-1.jpg (82076 bytes)

mpp-3.jpg (76489 bytes)

mpp-4.jpg (80964 bytes)

MySpyFreePC *

msfpc-2.jpg (100005 bytes)

msfpc-6.jpg (100904 bytes)

msfpc-7.jpg (88272 bytes)

Privacy Defender *

n/a

privdef-3.jpg (128155 bytes)

privdef-5b.jpg (137156 bytes)

SamuraiSpy *

samspy-2.jpg (102443 bytes)

samspy-4.jpg (111985 bytes)

samspy-6a.jpg (87677 bytes)

SpyBlocs 2.0 
(old version) **

sblocs-1.jpg (110966 bytes)

sblocs-3.jpg (97315 bytes)

sblocs-4.jpg (92963 bytes)

SpyBlocs 3.0 
(old version) **

spyblocs3-1.jpg (89765 bytes)

spyblocs3-6.jpg (100182 bytes)

spyblocs3-7.jpg (110943 bytes)

SpyBlocs 6.0 
(new version) **

spyblocs6-1.jpg (114280 bytes)

spyblocs6-3.jpg (119223 bytes)

spyblocs6-5a.jpg (113831 bytes)

Spy Crusher *

spycrusher-3.jpg (86450 bytes)

spycrusher-5.jpg (92994 bytes)

spycrusher-6a.jpg (66766 bytes)

SpyDoctor +

spydoctor-2.jpg (112532 bytes)

spydoctor-4.jpg (94406 bytes)

spydoctor-5.jpg (105928 bytes)

SpyFirewall

sfw-2.jpg (53353 bytes)

sfw-5.jpg (116169 bytes)

sfw-6.jpg (111863 bytes)

Spyinator

spyin-2.jpg (122907 bytes)

spyin-4.jpg (104281 bytes)

spyin-5.jpg (125578 bytes)

SpyKiller 2005

sk2005-3.jpg (161964 bytes)

sk2005-5.jpg (147667 bytes)

sk2005-7.jpg (224461 bytes)

SpyLax +

spylax-3.jpg (67459 bytes)

spylax-6.jpg (69214 bytes)

spylax-7.jpg (87186 bytes)

SpyPry ++

spypry-1.jpg (105169 bytes)

spypry-3.jpg (105444 bytes)

spypry-4.jpg (133580 bytes)

SpySpotter
(old version) +++

spot-4.jpg (153463 bytes)

spot-6.jpg (153217 bytes)

spot-7.jpg (169529 bytes)

SpySpotter
(new version) +++

Spyware Protection Pro 

swprot-3.jpg (111598 bytes)

swprot-7.jpg (96203 bytes)

swprot-8.jpg (96300 bytes)

SpywareThis 

sw-this-1.jpg (67671 bytes)

sw-this-3.jpg (87158 bytes)

sw-this-4.jpg (73195 bytes)

Ultimate Spyware-Adware Remover

usar-2.jpg (90627 bytes)

usar-3.jpg (78849 bytes)

usar-4.jpg (88664 bytes)

Comments: On top of their strong resemblances to Ad-aware 5.83, all of the Ad-aware knockoffs in this family group use the same spyware reference database files (Spylist & RegistrySpylist). Like the apps in Family # 1 above, their scan logs are identical to those produced by Ad-aware 5.83.

* Note on Privacy Defender, iSpyKiller, MySpyFreePC, SamuraiSpy, & Spy Crusher: Close inspection of Privacy Defender, iSpyKiller, and MySpyFreePC reveals them to be related to Spyblocs 3.0, though not necessarily the earlier version of Spyblocs or the other applications in this family.

** Note on Spyblocs/eBlocs: Sometime during late October or early November 2004, Spyblocs version 3.0 was released. This version appeared to be a significantly revamped piece of software with very little connection to the earlier versions of Spyblocs or the other applications in this "family." In early February 2005, Spyblocs 6.0 was released. This version appears to be a further development of version 3.0, which itself had little connection with the version 2.0 that had clear connections with the other similar re-branded clones at the heart of this family.

+ Note on SpyDoctor & SpyLax:  SpyLax is the successor to SpyDoctor, an application which should not be confused with Spyware Doctor, a completely different application from a different company.

++ Note on SpyPry: SpyPry appears to be the very latest variant in this family of application.

+++ Note on SpySpotter: Sometime during August 2005, Oemtec released a new version of SpySpotter, which appears to be related to several of the other newer versions of applications within this family..

The older versions are included here primarily for archival and comparison purposes.

 

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Family # 3: Terrible twins...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning finished Detected components
Ad-aware 5.83

aaw5-1.jpg (94625 bytes)

aaw5-3.jpg (73539 bytes)

aaw5-4.jpg (63807 bytes)

2004 Adware/Spyware  Remover & Blocker

2004-awsw-rem.jpg (71411 bytes)

n/a

n/a

AdDriller

ad-driller-2.jpg (117608 bytes)

ad-driller-5.jpg (114397 bytes)

ad-driller-6.jpg (135670 bytes)

ADS Adware Remover
(old) *

ads-1.jpg (98715 bytes)

ads-3.jpg (98909 bytes)

ads-4a.jpg (123381 bytes)

ADS Adware Remover 
(old) *

adsar-1.jpg (116109 bytes)

adsar-4.jpg (115147 bytes)

adsar-5.jpg (118847 bytes)

ADS Adware Remover 
(new) *

ads3-1.jpg (153129 bytes)

ads3-7a.jpg (147085 bytes)

ads3-7b.jpg (161759 bytes)

AdwareSpy

aspy-1.jpg (113930 bytes)

aspy-5.jpg (112669 bytes)

aspy-6a.jpg (137789 bytes)

AdWare SpyWare Blocker & Removal
(old) **

awsw-rem-2.jpg (110174 bytes)

awsw-rem-5.jpg (106496 bytes)

awsw-rem-6.jpg (128595 bytes)

AdWare SpyWare Blocker & Removal
(new) **

adwsprem-2.jpg (95281 bytes)

adwsprem-4.jpg (86288 bytes)

adwsprem-5.jpg (122108 bytes)

AdwareX Eliminator
(old) *

adx-elim-1.jpg (94288 bytes)

adx-elim-4.jpg (92626 bytes)

adx-elim-5.jpg (106939 bytes)

AdwareX Eliminator
(new) *

awx-elim-1.jpg (113796 bytes)

awx-elim-4.jpg (111337 bytes)

awx-elim-5.jpg (124827 bytes)

Ad-Where 2005

adwhere-1.jpg (156856 bytes)

adwhere-4.jpg (148703 bytes)

adwhere-6.jpg (184528 bytes)

Easy Erase Spyware Remover +

ee-swr-1.jpg (70336 bytes)

ee-swr-3.jpg (43445 bytes)

ee-swr-4.jpg (30449 bytes)

ETD Security Scanner

etdss-2.jpg (99374 bytes)

etdss-5.jpg (101502 bytes)

etdss-6.jpg (132838 bytes)

Privacy Tools 2004
(old) ++

pt2004-1.jpg (121379 bytes)

pt2004-4a.jpg (103068 bytes)

pt2004-4b.jpg (137929 bytes)

Privacy Tools 2004
(new) ++

CENSORED

CENSORED

CENSORED

SpyBeware

spybeware-1.jpg (101810 bytes)

spybeware-4.jpg (102476 bytes)

spybeware-5.jpg (123006 bytes)

Spy-Kill

spy-kill-1.jpg (100924 bytes)

spy-kill-3.jpg (100785 bytes)

spy-kill-4.jpg (113044 bytes)

The Web Shield

webshield-1.jpg (47695 bytes)

n/a

webshield-3.jpg (65810 bytes)

Ad-aware 6.0

aaw6-0.jpg (87006 bytes)

aaw6-1.jpg (90756 bytes)

aaw6-2.jpg (113908 bytes)

Comments: The nine applications at the heart of this family are uncomfortably close to Ad-aware, though they lean more towards Ad-aware 6.0 than Ad-aware 5.83 (both of which are reproduced here for comparison purposes). Eight of these nine apps use the same spyware reference database file (Reference.dat), and none of the trial versions produce scan logs. Most of these family members also share the dubious distinction of generating the most false positives on a "spyware free" system -- flagging hundreds of items as "spyware," including completely legitimate programs like Nero, Adobe Acrobat, and AdShield, among others.

* Note on ADS Adware Remover & AdwareX Eliminator: A few days or so after ADS Adware Remover and AdwareX Eliminator were added to these pages, new versions of both were released. Still later, in mid-August of 2004, ADS Adware Remover underwent yet another GUI overhaul. While these new versions do sport some cosmetic changes to the interface (see above), they appear to be the same application underneath (they even use the same Reference.dat database file and produce the same ridiculous false positives). Apparently the folks at AdwareX Eliminator are attempting to deny the obvious, even though the licenses for these applications all point to Athivision as the creator of the software.

** Note on Adware Spyware Removal: In the fall of 2004 a new version of Adware Spyware Removal was released. Although this new version does sport some changes to the graphical user interface (GUI), it still exhibits the same propensity for ridiculous false positives as earlier versions.

+ Note on Easy Erase Spyware Remover: Easy Erase Spyware Remover would appear to be built on the same codebase as the other apps in this family, however, it seems to be broken. The scan results report only 1 item scanned. Moreover, the spyware reference database file (REFERENCE_DATA.dat) is a plain text file containing a list of executable file names and such to search for, quite unlike the Reference.dat file used by the other family members, which is a binary def file and much larger in size.

++ Note on Privacy Tools 2004: On August 27, 2004 a new version of Privacy Tools 2004 was released. Included in the license for this new version are three clauses that prevent me from reporting on the performance of this new version of Privacy Tools 2004 or displaying images of it:

3. COPYRIGHT.
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. The software product is protected by
copyright laws and international treaty provisions. Therefore, you must treat the software
product like any other copyrighted material except that you may install the software product
on a single computer provided you keep the original solely for backup or archival purposes.

[...]

12. 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.

13. By using this software you agree that you are not the owner of, affiliated with, or a 
member of spywarewarrior.com

The last version that I tested (a beta version) still generated horrendous, inexcusable false positives just like its predecessor (1). Whether the final release also does so I cannot say, as I have been unable to test the software. 

Clearly the vendor for Privacy Tools 2004 wants to shut up critics and prevent critical information about his software from being disseminated. Moreover, the vendor for Privacy Tools 2004 has threatened to distribute malware himself (1), making him a completely irresponsible source for anti-spyware protection. Thus, my recommendation to users is to stay away, as the software and the vendor cannot be considered trustworthy or reliable in my opinion.

 

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Family # 4: Bosom buddies...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning finished Detected components
Ad-aware 5.83

aaw5-1.jpg (94625 bytes)

aaw5-3.jpg (73539 bytes)

aaw5-4.jpg (63807 bytes)

SpyBurn 
(defunct) *

spyburn-1.jpg (86557 bytes)

n/a

spyburn-3b.jpg (109004 bytes)

XoftSpy
(old) *

xos-1.jpg (66890 bytes)

n/a

xos-2.jpg (112308 bytes)

XoftSpy
(new) *

xos4-0.jpg (112124 bytes)

n/a

xos4-3.jpg (106749 bytes)

Ad-aware 6.0

aaw6-0.jpg (87006 bytes)

aaw6-1.jpg (90756 bytes)

aaw6-2.jpg (113908 bytes)

Comments: Although the relationship between these two apps (SpyBurn and the "old" XoftSpy) and Ad-aware is less straightforward, it certainly looks that they were, at the very least, "inspired" by one or another version of Ad-aware (both of which are reproduced here for comparison purposes) -- esp. the old version of XoftSpy, which was uncomfortably close to Ad-aware 6.0 in many respects. SpyBurn and the old version of XoftSpy were re-branded clones of each other, sharing both spyware reference database files (named database.db) and scan logs. 

* Note: SpyBurn is no longer available. In December of 2004 Paretologic released a new version of XoftSpy (version 4.0) which subtantially addressed all of our major concerns with the application. Thus, the new version of XoftSpy is not considered "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware. Screenshots are included here for reference and comparison purposes only. For more information on the new version of XoftSpy, see this note.

 

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Family # 5: Swinging sisters...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning finished Detected components
Ad-aware 5.83

aaw5-1.jpg (94625 bytes)

aaw5-3.jpg (73539 bytes)

aaw5-4.jpg (63807 bytes)

NoSpyX 

nsx-1.jpg (62378 bytes)

nsx-4.jpg (64284 bytes)

nsx-6a.jpg (81344 bytes)

Scan & Repair Utilities 2006

SpyVest

spyvest-1a.jpg (78431 bytes)

spyvest-5a.jpg (78893 bytes)

spyvest-5d.jpg (77079 bytes)

Spyware Cleaner

sw-clnr-2.jpg (107065 bytes)

sw-clnr-3.jpg (109270 bytes)

sw-clnr-4.jpg (129641 bytes)

Spyware Slayer

slayer-1.jpg (96031 bytes)

n/a

slayer-4.jpg (105902 bytes)

Spyware Stormer

stormer-1a.jpg (69628 bytes)

n/a

stormer-3.jpg (71011 bytes)

Spyware Wizard

sw-wizard-1.jpg (54432 bytes)

sw-wizard-2.jpg (58398 bytes)

sw-wizard-3.jpg (70814 bytes)

Xspyware
(xspyware.net)

xspyw-2.jpg (99273 bytes)

xspyw-3.jpg (86091 bytes)

xspyw-4.jpg (106971 bytes)

Ad-aware 6.0

aaw6-0.jpg (87006 bytes)

aaw6-1.jpg (90756 bytes)

aaw6-2.jpg (113908 bytes)

Comments: As with the applications in Family # 3 (above), these apps (NoSpyX, Scan & Repair Utilities 2006, SpyVest, Spyware Cleaner, Spyware Slayer, Spyware Stormer, Spyware Wizard, and X-Spyware) at the heart of this family are uncomfortably close to Ad-aware, though they lean more towards Ad-aware 6.0 than Ad-aware 5.83 (both of which are reproduced here for comparison purposes). These six apps are variants rather than re-branded clones of each other according to the programmer responsible for them, Mladen Bajic. Most share the same file names for both the spyware reference database file (named DataBase.ref) and scan log (named SpyLog.txt), however, the ref database files are not interchangeable among the applications (apparently there are enough differences "under the hood" to prevent that). The programmer for this family of applications, Mladen Bajic, reports that NetSpyProtector (netspyprotector.com) is also a variant on these three applications (no screenshots are available for NetSpyProtector).
 

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Family # 6: Peas in a pod...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning finished Detected components
Ad-aware 5.83

aaw5-1.jpg (94625 bytes)

aaw5-3.jpg (73539 bytes)

aaw5-4.jpg (63807 bytes)

SpyCleaner Gold

sc-gold-2.jpg (111585 bytes)

sc-gold-3.jpg (115007 bytes)

sc-gold-4.jpg (111461 bytes)

SpyCleaner Platinum

scleaner-plat-7.jpg (95011 bytes)

scleaner-plat-8.jpg (99225 bytes)

scleaner-plat-9.jpg (107441 bytes)

SpyRemover 

spyrem-1.jpg (102328 bytes)

spyrem-3.jpg (102006 bytes)

n/a

Comments: Again, the relationship between these apps and Ad-aware is less straightforward, however, they do look to have been "inspired" at the very least by Ad-aware 5.83 (which is included here for comparison purposes). Spyware reference database files appear to be similar.  

Note: The vendor for SpyCleaner maintains that SpyRemover is no longer in distribution. Moreover, SpyCleaner itself was de-listed from the main "rogue/suspect" list only to be re-listed in May 2006 -- see this note about SpyCleaner.

 

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Family # 7: New lines...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning finished Detected components
Ad-aware 5.83

aaw5-1.jpg (94625 bytes)

aaw5-3.jpg (73539 bytes)

aaw5-4.jpg (63807 bytes)

Ad-Eliminator 

ad-elim-3.jpg (71284 bytes)

ad-elim-8.jpg (70996 bytes)

ad-elim-9.jpg (75054 bytes)

Ad-Protect *

ad-protect-1.jpg (105131 bytes)

ad-protect-4.jpg (77131 bytes)

ad-protect-6.jpg (81949 bytes)

Spy-Control 

scontrol-1.jpg (72221 bytes)

scontrol-4.jpg (71113 bytes)

scontrol-5.jpg (72196 bytes)

Spy-Out *

spy-out-0.jpg (102190 bytes)

spy-out-2.jpg (75627 bytes)

spy-out-4.jpg (83723 bytes)

Ad-aware 6.0

aaw6-0.jpg (87006 bytes)

aaw6-1.jpg (90756 bytes)

aaw6-2.jpg (113908 bytes)

Comments: Again, the relationship between these apps and Ad-aware is less straightforward, however, they do look to have been "inspired" at the very least by either Ad-aware 5.83 or 6.0 (both of which are included here for comparison purposes). Spyware reference database files (*.db) and scan logs (*.log) among these apps are very similar.

* Note on Ad-Protect & Spy-Out: although Ad-Protect and Spy-Out are clones of Ad-Eliminator and Spy-Control, they are not considered "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware. They are listed here primarily for archival purposes. For more information on Ad-Protect and Spy-Out, please read this note.

 

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Family # 8: Distant relations?    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning finished Detected components
Ad-aware 5.83

aaw5-1.jpg (94625 bytes)

aaw5-3.jpg (73539 bytes)

aaw5-4.jpg (63807 bytes)

Adware Hitman *

awhitman-1.jpg (55808 bytes)

n/a

awhitman-2.jpg (63826 bytes)

Consumer Identity 

cid-1.jpg (81138 bytes)

n/a

cid-4.jpg (66465 bytes)

NoAdware 
(old version) **

noadware-1.jpg (54720 bytes)

n/a

noadware-2c.jpg (60116 bytes)

Protect Your Identity

pyi-1.jpg (79751 bytes)

n/a

pyi-5.jpg (85327 bytes)

SpyBan

spyban-1.jpg (65954 bytes)

n/a

spyban-2b.jpg (50728 bytes)

SpywareAssassin *

swa-2.jpg (91105 bytes)

n/a

swa-4.jpg (97865 bytes)

Spyware C.O.P.

scop-1.jpg (82146 bytes)

n/a

scop-2.jpg (57106 bytes)

SpywareKilla 

skilla-1.jpg (78874 bytes)

n/a

skilla-2.jpg (60153 bytes)

The Adware Hunter

the-awh-2.jpg (104720 bytes)

n/a

the-awh-6a.jpg (103021 bytes)

TheSpywareKiller *

the-swk-2.jpg (107310 bytes)

n/a

the-swk-3b.jpg (101250 bytes)

Comments: While these apps bear little resemblance to Ad-aware 5.83, all of the programs in this family group (excepting Ad-aware 5.83, which is listed for comparison purposes only) use the same spyware reference database file (file name varies, but they are interchangeable between apps). Strangely, none of the trial versions in this family (excepting Ad-aware) seem to produce a scan log, even when the option or preference is selected/checked. Programmer for this family of applications is Bilal Ahmed, a well-known rent-a-coder. It should be noted that Ahmed may not have been directly involved in the release of every application in this family.

* Note: The GUIs for SpywareAssassin, TheSpywareKiller, and Adware Hitman appear to set these apps apart from the rest of the family, but they are the same applications underneath, even to the point that spyware reference database files are interchangeable with the other family members.

* Note on NoAdware: Earlier versions of NoAdware were related to apps in the family -- this page includes a screenshot of an earlier version of NoAdware that clearly demonstrates the family resemblance. The vendor for NoAdware has been revamping the application so that more recent versions share almost no commonalities with the rest of this family of cloneware. The latest version (NoAdware 3.0) is not pictured here. The previous version (NoAdware 2.0) is included primarily for archival and comparison purposes. For more information on NoAdware, which we no longer classify as "rogue/suspect anti-spyware," read this note.

 

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Family # 9: A family of their own...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Scan Complete
Easy Spyware Killer

esk-1.jpg (56275 bytes)

esk-4.jpg (43642 bytes)

esk-3.jpg (39535 bytes)

JC Spyware Remover
& Adware Killer 

jc-1.jpg (52181 bytes)

jc-3.jpg (44230 bytes)

jc-5.jpg (66344 bytes)

PAL Spyware Remover

pal-1.jpg (56611 bytes)

pal-3.jpg (38405 bytes)

pal-5.jpg (43193 bytes)

Comments: These apps have no apparent relation whatsoever to Ad-aware, however, it's quite clear that they are in fact re-branded versions of the same application -- probably from PAL Solutions. No scan logs appear to be produced by the trial versions of these apps.
 

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Family # 10: Blood brothers...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning Detected Spyware
Adware Filter *
(old version)

awfilter-1.jpg (68041 bytes)

awfilter-3.jpg (54315 bytes)

awfilter-4.jpg (52207 bytes)

Adware Filter *
(PCSafe Security Center)
(new version) 

adwfilt-1.jpg (80419 bytes)

adwfilt-3.jpg (45418 bytes)

adwfilt-4.jpg (54128 bytes)

AdwareSafe

awsafe-1.jpg (75808 bytes)

awsafe-3.jpg (44546 bytes)

awsafe-4.jpg (44263 bytes)

AdwareX

adx-1.jpg (63934 bytes)

adx-3.jpg (54751 bytes)

adx-4.jpg (53085 bytes)

SpyAssassin 

assassin-3.jpg (69023 bytes)

assassin-4b.jpg (53428 bytes)

assassin-5.jpg (46244 bytes)

Comments: Like those in Families # 8 & # 9 above, these apps also have no relation to Ad-aware, however, it's quite clear that they are in fact re-branded versions of the same application. They use the same ref database files, and the scan logs produced by these apps are almost worthless information-wise. In early 2005, Adware Filter got a GUI overhaul, but it remains substantially the same app. This new version of Adware Filter is advertised online as "PCSafe Security Center," but it installs as Adware Filter.

Note on Adware Filter: this program has been de-listed from the Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware page and is included here for the sake of  historical interest and completeness only. See this note for more details.

 

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Family # 11: New kids on the block...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning...Completed Select what to clean...
pcOrion *

pco-2.jpg (58788 bytes)

pco-5.jpg (57529 bytes)

pco-6a.jpg (75637 bytes)

SpywareNuker 2004 *

swn2k4-6.jpg (73045 bytes)

swn2k4-8.jpg (69106 bytes)

swn2k4-9a.jpg (89345 bytes)

Comments: Like those in Families # 8, # 9, & # 10 above, these apps also have no relation to Ad-aware, however, it's quite clear that they are in fact re-branded versions of the same application. They use the same ref database files, and the scan logs produced by the trial versions of these apps are well nigh worthless information-wise. 

* Note on SpywareNuker 2004 & pcOrion: SpywareNuker and pcOrion are no longer considered "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware. Screenshots are included here for reference and comparison purposes only. SpywareNuker 2004 is a completely new application and is not built upon the original version of SpywareNuker, which was a BPS Spyware & Adware Remover clone. Read this note about SpywareNuker and pcOrion.

 

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Family # 12: Twisted sisters...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Select what to clean...
Adware-Nuker 

adw-nuker-2.jpg (99103 bytes)

adw-nuker-4.jpg (88105 bytes)

adw-nuker-5.jpg (95939 bytes)

AGuardDog Adware/Spyware Remover 

agd-1.jpg (90113 bytes)

agd-2.jpg (83490 bytes)

agd-3.jpg (106350 bytes)

PC AdWare SpyWare Removal

pc-adw-1.jpg (89259 bytes)

n/a

pc-adw-4.jpg (81397 bytes)

SafeWebSurfer

sws-1.jpg (69967 bytes)

n/a

sws-3.jpg (74519 bytes)

SpyToaster

spytoast-1.jpg (114533 bytes)

spytoast-3.jpg (104023 bytes)

spytoast-4.jpg (138999 bytes)

SpywareHospital

Super Spyware Remover

super-1.jpg (93579 bytes)

super-5.jpg (82764 bytes)

super-6.jpg (83185 bytes)

The Spyware Detective

the-swd-1.jpg (95848 bytes)

the-swd-3.jpg (94154 bytes)

the-swd-4.jpg (97498 bytes)

WebSafe Spyware Secure

spysec-1.jpg (86918 bytes)

spysec-3.jpg (82701 bytes)

spysec-4.jpg (88685 bytes)

Comments: Like those in Families # 8 through # 11 above, these apps also have no relation to Ad-aware, however, it's quite clear that they are in fact re-branded versions of the same application. They use the same ref database files, and the scan logs produced by the trial versions of these apps are identical. 
 

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Family # 13: Cain & Abel...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Scan for problems Scanning... Select what to clean...
Spybot Search & Destroy 

spybot-1.jpg (61059 bytes)

n/a

spybot-2.jpg (115325 bytes)

Terminexor

trmx-1.jpg (82869 bytes)

n/a

trmx-2.jpg (86180 bytes)

Comments: Terminexor is the most brazen rip-off of a legitimate anti-spyware program that we know of. Most who have pilfered material from Patrick Kolla (the author of Spybot Search & Destroy) have chosen to lift only the definitions database (which is bad enough). Terminexor, however, swiped the whole program, replacing every reference to "Spybot Search & Destroy" with "Terminexor," including copyright notices. More recent versions of Spybot S&D detect Terminexor and offer to remove it (see screenshots above).
 

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Family # 14: Separated at birth...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Scan for problems Scanning... Select what to clean...
AdwareDeluxe

adw-deluxe-1.jpg (37036 bytes)

n/a

adw-deluxe-2.jpg (166359 bytes)

AdwarePatrol 

adwarepatrol-1.JPG (36920 bytes)

n/a

adwarepatrol-3.JPG (88398 bytes)

AdwareRemover

adw-remover-1.jpg (37054 bytes)

n/a

adw-remover-2.jpg (165309 bytes)

AdwareSafety

alspy-1.jpg (41255 bytes)

n/a

alspy-2.jpg (167334 bytes)

AdwareTools

alspy-1.jpg (41255 bytes)

n/a

alspy-2.jpg (167334 bytes)

AlertSpy

alspy-1.jpg (41255 bytes)

n/a

alspy-2.jpg (167334 bytes)

AntiSpy Advanced

Doctor Adware

dradw-1.jpg (38945 bytes)

n/a

dradw-2.jpg (166563 bytes)

Doctor Adware Pro

dr-adw-1.jpg (59545 bytes)

dr-adw-2.jpg (96955 bytes)

dr-adw-4.jpg (104896 bytes)

PestBot

pestbot-1.jpg (36281 bytes)

n/a

pestbot-2.jpg (163874 bytes)

PestProtector

alspy-1.jpg (41255 bytes)

n/a

alspy-2.jpg (167334 bytes)

SpyAdvanced

n/a

SpyDestroy Pro

spydestroy-1.jpg (36875 bytes)

n/a

spydestroy-2.jpg (167071 bytes)

SpywareRemoval

swremover-1.jpg (36996 bytes)

n/a

swremover-2.jpg (170486 bytes)

SpywareRemover

swremover-1.jpg (36996 bytes)

n/a

swremover-2.jpg (170486 bytes)

SpywareXP

Comments: These applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with very similar interfaces and almost identical ref databases (which are comprised of multiple .HTML & .TXT files). In fact, the majority of these apps are simply thinly rebranded versions of AlertSpy. In a few cases (AdwareSafety, AdwareTools, Pest Protector), the vendor (Mandel Enterprises) hasn't even bothered to to rebrand the application -- the installer provided is simply AlertSpy. And SpywareRemoval is simply SpywareRemover, though SpywareRemover itself appears to be available under its own name only from CNET's Download.com.
 

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Family # 15: Joined at the hip...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
Brave Sentry

n/a

DIARemover

n/a

diar-1.jpg (78677 bytes)

diar-2.jpg (95886 bytes)

MalwareAlarm

Malware Stopper

n/a

Mr.AntiSpy

PestCapture

n/a

pestcap-1.jpg (74111 bytes)

pestcap-3.jpg (97953 bytes)

PestTrap

n/a

PestWiper

n/a

SpyDemolisher

n/a

spydemolish-1.jpg (83162 bytes)

n/a

SpyMarshal

SpySheriff

n/a

spysheriff-1.jpg (108543 bytes)

n/a

SpyTrooper

n/a

n/a

SpywareNo!

n/a

sw-no-1.jpg (114010 bytes)

n/a

Spyware-Stop

n/a

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with identical interfaces (for the most part) and identical ref databases.
 

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Family # 16: Siamese twins...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
Froggie Scan

Privacy Crusader

Spy Reaper

SpyShield

SpyViper

Spyware Scrapper

swscrap-3.jpg (73382 bytes)

swscrap-4.jpg (80606 bytes)

swscrap-5.jpg (86963 bytes)

The Spyware Shield

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with nearly identical interfaces and identical ref databases.
 

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Family # 17: Mirror images...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
AdwareBazooka 

AdwarePunisher

HitVirus

PerfectCleaner *

RemedyAntiSpy

SpyAway *

SpyCut 

n/a

SpyiBlock

Spyware Disinfector 

n/a

SystemStable 
(old version) *

n/a

SystemStable 
(new version) *

The SpyGuard

n/a

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with nearly identical interfaces.components, and ref databases.

* Note: sometime in late 2006 or early 2007, the company behind this family of applications began releasing a new version of its core application under several different names, inlcuding SystemStable, which had seen release as an earlier version.

 

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Family # 18: Doppelgangers...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
KillAndClean 

kac-1.jpg (44247 bytes)

kac-3.jpg (66723 bytes)

kac-4.jpg (71198 bytes)

Safe & Clean (Scan & Clean) 

UnSpyPC

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with nearly identical interfaces and identical ref databases.
 

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Family # 19: Secret twins...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
AdwareDelete 

n/a

adwdel-1.jpg (87129 bytes)

adwdel-2.jpg (135422 bytes)

AntiSpyZone

n/a

AntiVirus Gold

avgold-3.jpg (89208 bytes)

n/a

avgold-5.jpg (144110 bytes)

AntiVirus Golden

av-golden-1.jpg (106040 bytes)

av-golden-2.jpg (75615 bytes)

av-golden-3.jpg (108693 bytes)

MalwareWipe

MalwareWiped

SpyAxe

SpyFalcon

n/a

SpyLocked

Spyware Sheriff

sw-sheriff-2.jpg (94756 bytes)

sw-sheriff-3.jpg (99484 bytes)

sw-sheriff-4.jpg (157039 bytes)

SpywareStrike

n/a

TitanShield AntiSpyware

n/a

titan-2b.jpg (70811 bytes)

titan-3.jpg (141586 bytes)

VirusBlast

vblast-0.jpg (123029 bytes)

vblast-1.jpg (92067 bytes)

vblast-3.jpg (95740 bytes)

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with nearly identical interfaces (ref databases do differ).
 

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Family # 20: Secret sharers...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
1stAntiVirus

KillSpy

SpyContra

SpyDeface

Ultimate Defender

XSRemover

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with similar interfaces and identical ref databases.
 

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Family # 21: Two of them...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
PSGuard

psguard-1.jpg (72302 bytes)

psguard-2.jpg (80082 bytes)

psguard-3.jpg (77167 bytes)

Security iGuard

siguard-3.jpg (65000 bytes)

siguard-4.jpg (74537 bytes)

siguard-5.jpg (71271 bytes)

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with nearly identical interfaces and ref databases.
 

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Family # 22: Two more of them...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
RazeSpyware

raze-1.jpg (232653 bytes)

n/a

raze-4.jpg (210075 bytes)

SmartSecurity

smartsec-2.jpg (133161 bytes)

n/a

smartsec-3.jpg (20434 bytes)

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with nearly identical interfaces and ref databases.
 

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Family # 23: Another four of them...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
SpyCrush

n/a

SpyDawn

n/a

SpyHeal

spyheal-2.jpg (86367 bytes)

spyheal-3.jpg (49139 bytes)

n/a

SpywareQuake

sw-quake-1.jpg (82534 bytes)

sw-quake-2.jpg (46717 bytes)

n/a

VirusBurst

vburst-2.jpg (46657 bytes)

vburst-4.jpg (47653 bytes)

n/a

VirusBursters

vbs-2a.jpg (69539 bytes)

n/a

vbs-3.jpg (77243 bytes)

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with quite similar interfaces and ref databases.
 

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Family # 24: And another two of them...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
SpywareKnight

SpySoldier

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with quite similar interfaces and ref databases.
 

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Family # 25: Still another four of them...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
Ad Armor

Fixer AntiSpy

Spy Analyst

Spy Officer

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with quite similar interfaces and ref databases.
 

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Family # 26: Still another three of them...    (Click on the thumbnails to view the full size images)
Application Main Window Scanning... Detected components
Adware Remover

AntiVirus Protector

Antivirus Solution

Comments: Again, these applications have no resemblance whatsoever to Ad-aware or Spybot Search & Destroy. They're quite clearly related to each other, though, with quite similar interfaces and ref databases. Note that this family of applications is from a company that produced an earlier family as well.
 

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