Can PestPatrol site online scan be trusted?

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by Jeff, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    Is anyone familiar with ? They are offering a free
    online scan, and I'm not going to try it until I hear some comments from
    others here who have experience/knowledge of this site/product.

    Jeff, Sep 24, 2004
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  2. Jeff

    Ma No Guest

    Jeff, FWIW, I'm familiar with it, have used it, and I use PestPatrol along
    with other programs. is a perfectly legitimate site.
    If there is any criticism of the program, it's been that it tends to find
    too many false positives. I kind of used to agree with that view, but I
    think they are improving the product, and there are fewer false positives
    than there were just a few monts ago.

    Good luck,

    Ma No
    Ma No, Sep 24, 2004
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  3. Jeff

    D Guest

    Apparently eTrust are so impressed they bought the company (or product).

    From an email I recived from them :-

    Studies show that 9 out of 10 Internet-connected PCs are infected by spyware.
    As a valued CA consumer, you are receiving this important FREE spyware scan
    courtesy of eTrust™ PestPatrol® – the newest member of our eTrust™ family of
    security solutions and the most sophisticated defense you can have against
    What is Spyware?
    These digital spies crawl into your PC without your knowledge when you receive
    email, visit websites or download a file. Once they’re in, they can:
    Steal your passwords and credit card numbers
    Slow down or crash your PC
    Overload your computer with pop-up ads
    Hack into your computer files
    Record your every keystroke

    Spyware protection complements your antivirus and firewall to detect and remove
    non-virus threats.
    Take advantage of this FREE spyware Scan and uncover any hidden spyware you have
    on your PC.
    Then purchase eTrust™ PestPatrol® to safely remove what was found and protect
    yourself from future invasions.
    Thank you for being a valued customer.
    The Computer Associates Team
    Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA). One Computer Associates Plaza.
    Islandia, NY 11749
    This message is a solicitation from CA. You have received it because you have
    indicated an interest in receiving this type of information from CA. To stop
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    D, Sep 24, 2004
  4. Jeff

    optikl Guest

    Well Computer Associates, at least recently, has had a few problems and
    isn't tracking well in decision making. Of course, all the biggies in
    the software "security" market want to have a full suite of applications
    so they can keep up with competition. PestPatrol was bound to be
    acquired by someone.
    optikl, Sep 24, 2004
  5. Jeff


    Jan 3, 2012
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    Purchased by Computer Associates, the ammount of false positives makes the scannetr completely useless at this point in time. I would recommend trying the eset online scanner instead
    abscomm, Jan 3, 2012
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