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Thursday, 6 August 2009

Lies, Damned Lies, and SPYzooka

Lies, Damned Lies, and SPYzooka

A friend of mine from the respected Indian antivirus company Quick Heal Technologies recently brought two posts on the web to my attention. is an article written by someone who does not wish to disclose who they are. The article is pure fiction. Remember, does not validate content so I would assume everything there is wrong unless I independently verified the facts elsewhere.

The second link, and in my opinion the likely source of the fictitious article is

The author of the “blog”, Carl Haugen, claims:

“Like other rogues, it claims to be beneficial but in actuality it is malevolent. Instead of helping remove threats, it will download spyware, Trojan horse apps, adware, and other malware.”

I’m not a lawyer, but I have advised my friend that if Quick Heal chooses to sue BluePenguin Software for libel, I would be happy to testify on behalf of Quick Heal. It sure looks like a slam-dunk libel case to me.

It is possible that the folks at BluePenguin downloaded a pirated, cracked version of the program, but if they had downloaded the program from the developer’s web site they would have a legitimate antivirus product.

If you do your research on Quick Heal, you will find that they are tested by Virus Bulletin, have 27 VB 100 awards, 10 failures, and 28 no entries. Spyzooka does not participate in VB testing.

Quick Heal is certified by Westcoast labs Checkmark certification for both antivirus and spyware. Spyzooka is not certified.

Quick Heal is a corporate member of AVAR, the Association of Asia Antivirus Researchers, where I sit on the board of directors with my friend Sanjay Katkar of Quick Heal.

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Note: Both BluePenguin and ArticlesBase have removed the articles, but they can still be found in the Google cache at;

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