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Confusion about Malware Defender (2010/03/22 13:30)

Since the last testing of Malware Defender, we have received quite a lot of emails suggesting that Malware Defender should not be recommended security product to use because it is a rogue security software. As an evidence the emails linked various web pages with details about Malware Defender 2009. If we read the above mentioned Wikipedia article about rogue security software carefully we can find out that the list of well known rogue security software contains the following entry: Malware Defender (not to be confused with the HIPS firewall of the same name).

Obviously, the rogue application called Malware Defender 2009 is not the Malware Defender by TorchSoft. Screenshots of both applications are available on the Internet (compare screenshots of TorchSoft's Malware Defender (not available anymore) with a screenshot of Malware Defender 2009). TorchSoft's Malware Defender that was tested in Proactive Security Challenge is a legitimate security software. The list of rogue security software on Wikipedia clearly shows that it is a common strategy of malware authors to name their products with similar names to legitimate software. We should not be confused about that and we should always be able to find out which application is legitimate and which is not. Our list of security products suitable for Proactive Security Challenge testing should always help you find the web site of the original and legitimate software.