Registry Cleaning Scams – Stay Away
As registry cleaners become more and more popular, scammers and con artists are now picking up on the trend, and utilising it for their own personal gain. How do they do this? Well really it's quite simple.
Have you ever been enticed by a piece of free software, only to find out that it is not actually what you expected it to be? You probably downloaded it, in the hope that you would get something special and useful, only to find that it was a hoax or a simple prank designed to siphon advertising onto your desktop.
If this has indeed happened, consider yourself lucky. These days, hackers are finding far more creative ways than simply showing new advertising and putting icons as shortcuts to Internet products on your desktop.
One of the targets of this latest round of scamming has been registry cleaning programs, as they appear to be particularly useful and in some cases free, hence people are willing to download them for use on their computer.
Recognizing A Scam
One of the best ways of identifying whether or not a registry cleaning program as a scam, is to take a look at the website it is being promoted on. For example, is the website genuinely built to support that specific piece of software? Or, does it look a little bit dodgy or suspicious, and could this just be a makeshift attempt at concealing the true reason why the software is being offered?
Ultimately, it is up to you to make this decision. However, there are a number of websites out there which list the currently known scam products – so it would be wise to take a look at one of these before making a decision and downloading a piece of software.
One thing we can be certain of is that almost all of the registry cleaning programs that you have to pay for are trustworthy. Assuming that you follow the usual Internet protocols, such as checking for secure certificates in the checkout area, and so on - you should be absolutely fine.
Certainly don't let the risk of scams put you off buying a premium product. Remember, there are only a few hackers and scammers out there who are trying to steal your details.
At the very least, give people the benefit of the doubt before you rule them out entirely.