Enigma Software Group, owners of the SpyHunter brand, make the claim: "Our suites are built to address the need of privacy protection and computer security. We empower internet users to take control over their computers against Spyware, parasites, SPAM, and others obtaining your personal information online!" Ironic that they claim to take on miscreant advertisers, when their own ad campaign tries to trick users into thinking they are infected. Check it out
. The ad looks like a DOS window, allegedly scanning and finding spyware, then ends with a warning, "Unable to Remove Items" and instructing users to "Click the OK button to Remove Items". When that is done, a fake "Severe Virus Alert!" is presented, warning that "New Software may have been installed in your PC without your consent. This software will do activity such as switch your internet homepage, launch excessive pop up advertisements. It can also monitor your Keystrokes and be used to steal your credit card information and passwords." The fake alert then advises users to install the "free" SpyHunter. Of course, SpyHunter isn't free - if it were to actually detect something, users then have to pay for removal. Tests of the product indicate its spyware detection is extremely limited, capable of detecting only a tiny percent of spyware. Ironically, the parent company of SpyHunter is Enigma Software Group. The definition of engima: "One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable." Indeed.