Intego: Beware bogus ‘MacGuard’ security software scam

“There’s a new trend out there designed to scam computer users: web sites that sell bogus software. Not only does the software not do what it claims to do, but the companies that sell this ‘software’ get a hold of your credit card and can do even more damage to your bank account,” Intego, a company specializing ine Macintosh security, reports via the company’s blog.

Intego has spotted one such company, claiming to sell Macintosh antivirus software. MacGuard claims the following:

Macguard’s high-tech system scanner will search your hard drive for malicious objects such as Adware, Spyware and Trojans, cleaning your files, eliminating the threats, and securing your privacy in just a matter of minutes. Its Real Time smart protection will also ensure new threats will not even reach your desktop.

Intego reports, “But what’s interesting is that Winiguard claims exactly the same thing. Not only is that claim the same, but every word on the two websites is identical.”

“One way you can spot a fake is that when you click what is supposedly the product’s download link, nothing downloads. So you can see that there’s no software behind the web site. (On the Winiguard site, something does indeed download.) If you are gullible enough to purchase this software from a company you have never heard of, who has no references, and whose web site is vague and imprecise, it is likely that you will find additional charges on your credit card,” Intego reports. “ArsTechnica reports that more than 30 million people have been scammed by such software.”

Intego advises, “We all know that security is a serious risk when using a computer, and especially the Internet, but one should not blindly trust a web site just because it claims that its software will do something.”

Full article here.

[Attribution: TUAW. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]

41 Comments

  1. I went to macguard’s website and a log-in screen appeared. With no option to register or create an account and only a prompt to contact them via email, I entered bogus log-in info and received a 404.

    For more information regarding our services please email us at info@macguard.com

    MacGuard Security Consulting, Inc.
    Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035

  2. “ArsTechnica reports that more than 30 million people have been scammed by such software.”

    Any takers on how many of those 30 million peeps were PC/Winblows users? 99.999999999999%?

  3. Unless you’re trying to protect corporate Mac computers, AV is still unnecessary even as the Mac market share is approaching 10%. If you must have it, you can get iAntivirus for free from a multimillion dollar reputable company whose products I used on my PC.

  4. A quality product would have quality advertising. Here’s theirs:
    <I>
    >RescueScan Technology – With Ultra-high speed scan rescueing yours MAC from Viruses for few seconds!
    >Macguard finds out and removes more than 100000 Trojan horses, Spyware, Viruses, Hackers, Adware, Keyloggers and another harmware;
    >Macguard allows scan files quickly and access other features Killspyware directly from Finder<.I.

    I’ve seen better English in most Nigerian spam messages!

  5. @ G4Dualie

    The offender in this case is MacGuard.net, not MacGuard.com

    You attempted to go to the wrong site. Other than possibly bad web pages, MacGuard.com seems to be an innocent party.

  6. Don’t sweat it guys. Go to MacGuard’s international website. The download is free. All they ask for is your Passport Number. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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