Lavasoft Malware Labs, the maker of the popular Ad-aware anti-spyware product, have announced setting up of a gallery of rogue security software. A rogue security software belongs to a family of software products that call themselves as antivirus, antispyware or registry cleaners and often use deceptive or high pressure sales tactics and deliberate false positives to convince users into buying a license/subscription. They are often repackaged and renamed. They do not actually remove malware instead many of them add more malware of their own.
In their blog post they say that “you can find almost all rogues added to Ad-Aware’s threat database throughout Lavasoft’s history. The Rogue Gallery currently houses a total of over 500 rogue applications, and we’ll be updating the gallery each time we uncover a new rogue program. Using this resource, you can search for rogues in alphabetical order or choose to display the latest threats. As you’ll also see, we’ve included a link to “Submit a Rogue”, so you can quickly and easily send the team here at Malware Labs any suspicious programs that you come across in order for them to be analyzed.” The rogue gallery can be accessed from the following URL: