IOBit sucks at ethics
IOBit is a Chinese software company that produces system optimization and security applications for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Yesterday Techdows ran a story claiming that IObit’s Advanced SystemCare 6 beta was installing browser extensions/spyware without consent. This was hardly news, as IOBit have a long history of bundling malicious spyware with their apps. IOBit have also been linked to other companies (usually listed as “partners” on the IOBit website) which are known to distribute malware. There is significant evidence suggesting they also own Evensoft; known for rogue disk cleaning software.
Sadly this isn’t the first time IOBit has violated their users rights or displayed questionable ethics. Previous versions of their website had pages claiming that Advanced SystemCare could improve your pornography viewing experience. (The links; http://www.iobit.com/porn-games.html and http://www.iobit.com/naruto-hentai.html have since been removed by IOBit, however they can still be found on various internet archives.) In 2009 IOBit displayed fake reviews on their website, falsely claiming that their security product had been recommended by Forbes and CNN. In addition; positive reviews for IOBit products were posted before those products had even been released.
In late 2009; IOBit was caught stealing the database definitions of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and incorporating them into their own security product. When confronted by this claim; rather than apologize and amend the situation – they instead chose to blame their users. They eventually removed all of Malwarebytes’ definitions from their database (~70% of the entire database), however they never issued a formal apology for their misconduct.
IOBit have a bit of a PR problem too. In this forum thread; an IOBit staff member specifically linked to negative reviews of IOBit software and claimed that they were being made with “evil intentions.” A CNET user claimed that IOBit’s Advanced SystemCare crashed his/her system. IOBit’s management literally described this review as “rude and total racism.” Furthermore, they incited their users to reply to the review on CNET. Many comments went as far as calling the user a “moron” and claiming he was incapable of operating the software.
Websites and individuals that promote IOBit’s software should be ashamed that they are contributing towards such unethical practices. They distribute spyware, push rogue software, publish fake reviews, steal intellectual property, intimidate users and promote pornography. Why hasn’t anybody shut them down yet?
I've been using IObit's Smart Defrag utility in my computers for years. It has an unobtrusive advertisement at the bottom of the utility that can be hidden. No trouble or spam from their website.
Smart Defrag is the 11th-most popular Windows utility [downloaded from] CNet.
McAfee's siteadvisor.com says "We tested this site and didn't find any significant problems."
There appears to be an old story about Malwarebytes vs IObit. Maybe it's true. For me, I rate IObit's website "All-Green."
Ignore most comments below as for most users who rated did not think AT ALL before commenting. Iobit is a software making company that makes useful PC software for PC optimization, PC cleaning and Anti-Malare etc. Iobit and Malwarebytes are leading companies and i think about 4 years(+) ago, Malwarebytes claimed Iobit stole from them and showed a "screenshot" of "proof". During those years... No one EVER went to analyze the so-called "proof" and check Iobit and Malwarebytes' software. Both Iobit and Malwarebytes make useful software and none have EVER been reported as dangerous or malicious with true proof. This may have been a tactic from Malwarebytes to bring Iobit from being a leading company. We will not know unless someone does find out.
Their external downloader for Iobit Uninstaller today has destroyed my system,hijacked my Google chrome and sneaky installed extensions for him.It also droped many malicious exe files,and adwares in my pc!!! I was forced to reformat hdd! Avoid their scareware programs with viruses!!! YOU ARE WARNED
Never had a problem with Iobit. Use ASC and it works well and keeps computer running at top performance.
Never had spam from iobit.
As for copyright infringement, I don't know about that. There are many people who have left bad reviews but do they actually know for themselves or are they just repeating something they have read somewhere on the net? If it is the latter then the net is so trustworthy for information isn't it?
These people may very well be the same type of people who bully others on facebook etc.
Some of the comments are full of anger and venom showing that the commentor has issues.
If the alleged copyright breach has taken place then let the lawyers sort it out.
As for Malwarebytes software: I have had the unfortunate need to clean a computer which was infected with a nasty malicious program. I tried MB and it didn't detect anything, nor did anything else before the computer completely crashed and wouldn't boot again.
The only way to clean the computer was to boot with a linux boot cd and then use avast, bit defender and panda(after doing a live update to an area of ram created as a disk) included on the cd which cleaned the computer which then booted cleanly the first time.
The infection was allowed onto the computer by my 10 year old son who knew no better than to download questionable software.
I have never had another infection on any computer I have owned for over 20 years.
People who get alot of infections are obviously downloading questionable content to their computers and therefore have the need for software like MB to help clean something they didn't have to have in the first place.
I believe that no-one should logon to a computer for general use with administrator privileges. That is asking for trouble.
The other thing I believe is that people who visit and download the sort of rubbish which is the major source of malicious software probably deserve what they get.
The exception is those who download it in ignorance of the threat.
This Company and it's Software Engineers are in the "Highest Eschelons" of their respected fields of "Computer maintenace" and "Performance" to it's 'Finite" Settings.
I have "Personally" used all 3 softwares of 'Advanced system care" 4, 5, and now the "6-Pro", and it is "Flawless" in Cleaning and maintaining my computer-to 'Perfection".
The Company is "On the Ball" and is highly Trusted to "maintain" my personal computer....nothing but the best!
I use their system care products and uninstalling software and to be honest they keep my system functioning at its best. I like their products and feel sad about the allegations made. I do not know if they have stolen others work. But what I do know is that I have never received spamming emails or had phishing issues from them. I am no way condoning their alleged actions but I do find their products to be of exceptional quality and if they have stolen from another company, then shame on them.
Warnung! Software von IOBit enthält ggf. proprietäre Datenbanken von Drittherstellern.
Firma ist bereits als Urheberrechtsverletzer bekannt.
Softwareanbieter aus Deutschland, den USA, der EU, Japan und anderen Nationen, in denen das Urheberrecht nicht verletzt werden darf, sollten sicherheitshalber keinerlei Software von IOBit mehr anbieten.
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