Archive for May 1, 2009

Who’s Rogue?

The first Mac rogue software “MacSweeper” appeared last year January – although AngelO (the developer) tried defending its software by replying to different forums and blog post. 

Two months later, “iMunizator” appeared which is a repackage version of MacSweeper. This version has few improvement for example, the nagging pop-ups was removed as the authors tries to prove that their product has been modified for safe use. 

Around January this year, “iMunizator” was spotted again online and serving rogue software. Obviously, they can’t sell it as researchers raised awareness about it. What do you expect? 

February when MacPaw twit “CleanMyMac is Out”   

How did I came across to this site? Oh, I was looking for the PoC Worm “Tored” -> Obviously, it’s not in-the-wild but definitely something to investigate. 

Anyway, MacPaw website offers two software – “CleanMyMac” and “MacHider”.  “CleanMyMac” has exactly similar functionality and features as “MacSweeper” although this time it’s clean. 

scanWhat’s interesting here is this (below screenshot) … Sounds familiar with “iMunizator” lifetime offer. The question now is, what do you pay for lifetime? 



On the other hand, what is meant by lifetime offer/warranty? Here’s good explanation from wiki.

A lifetime warranty is usually a guarantee on the lifetime of the product on the market rather than the lifetime of the consumer (the exact meaning should be defined in the actual warranty documentation). If a product has been discontinued and is no longer available, the warranty may last a limited period longer. For example, the Cisco Limited Lifetime Warranty currently lasts for five years after the product has been discontinued.

Take note, “Lifetime is guarantee on the lifetime of the product on the market” which means if these guys disappear tomorrow then you are tricked to buy it. 

There are good tools and application out there, please make sure that you buy from reliable and trusted source.