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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:15 pm    Post subject: SPAMfighter/Chicalogic scam Reply with quote

I'm guessing that many people here have heard of SPAMfighter. It is an excellent anti-spam program and work really well at identifying spam emails.

Sadly and surprisingly however, SPAMfighter appear to be a very untrustworthy company. Amongst the several products they publish is a registry cleaner called SLOW-PCfighter. As is the case with many registry cleaners the means by which it is sold, give good cause for it to be called a scam. It works like this - firstly, the benefits of cleaning the registry are highly exaggerated with claims of restoring a slow PC's performance. Secondly, they product a highly crippled free trial which will scan for registry errors (and will often find over a thousand errors), but will only fix 25 of these errors unless you purchase the product.

It is important to note that despite what SPAMfighter and other publishers of registry cleaner claim - cleaning the registry will usually lead to absolutely no noticeable increase in PC performance or make a PC crash less. The problem of course is that users don't get to find this out until they purchase the product. to make matters worse, there is a perceived benefit from removing registry errors - so that even is cleaning the registry have no noticeable benefit they are is a belief that it is important to have removed the errors. The fact is however, is that almost all of these "errors" are completely harmless and there is no need to remove them!

This is not the sort of behavior one would expect from the makers of the excellent SPAMfighter. Another issues I have with them too is that they are associated with scam review site Top 10 Reviews. For those who don't know this is a scam site with which does not provide honest reviews, it just a money making site - they are an affiliate of the all software they give good reviews too, and they always give free software (from which they make no money obviously) bad reviews. Again, why would a company like SPAMfighter want to be associated with such a website?

Chicalogic sell a renamed SLOW-PCfighter called ChicaPC-Fix. In this case, they use a lot more misleading claims to sell it.

There is some discussion about what was at the time the thread was active another renamed SLOW-PCfighter here:

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=217876

Slow-PCfighter is
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, thanks for the post roger_m. It's unfortunate that naive PC users fall for this sort of thing.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's interesting that that SPAMfighter claimed in an email to me that "Regarding ChicaLogic they bought a White Label Version from us, thatís no secret"

Yet, ChicaLogic appears to actually be owned by SPAMfighter. In this interview the CEO of ChicaLogic is discussing Slow-PCfighter.

What reason has a legitimate business got to be so deceitful?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

roger_m wrote:
It's interesting that that SPAMfighter claimed in an email to me that "Regarding ChicaLogic they bought a White Label Version from us, thatís no secret"

Yet, ChicaLogic appears to actually be owned by SPAMfighter. In this interview the CEO of ChicaLogic is discussing Slow-PCfighter.

What reason has a legitimate business got to be so deceitful?


There is no legitimate reason - it's all about money no doubt. In situations like this, they don't want to be associated with what they know is shady, so they try to hide it. In turn, that makes them look even worse than if they were truthful about it in the first place. Same old scenario, different day, different company. You and I have both seen plenty of examples of this very thing in the past.

Edit... look at the domain registration info.
Quote:
http://whois.domaintools.com/chicalogic.com
ChicaLogic
433 Plaza Real
Suite 275
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
United States

Domain Name: CHICALOGIC.COM
Created on: 23-Jul-06
Expires on: 23-Jul-14
Last Updated on: 01-Jul-11

Administrative Contact:
Park, Eugene
28 2nd Street Suite 3
San Francisco, California 94115
United States

The email address is eugene @ spamfighter.com

But the spamfighter.com domain info is different.
http://whois.domaintools.com/spamfighter.com
The two are definitely connected but it's hard to tell just how from the domain info.
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