Posted by: David Harley | June 7, 2010

Pro-Protemac Comment Spam

I recently noted a comment to one of these blogs from someone who stated that antivirus for Mac was necessary and that they used a product called Protemac.

As this appeared to be a genuine company, I approved the comment (and another comment that commented adversely on its capability). After all, although ESET has a Mac scanner in beta, this site is supposed to be independent, so I won’t give it preferential treatment over other products here.

However, I’ve seen almost identical comments since, from someone with the same apparent email address (of course, that may be fake) but a different “friendly” name, submitted to this site and to others with Mac security-related content. This is clearly comment spam. I don’t know if Protemac is directly responsible for it – it is I suppose possible that the company has an over-enthusiastic fan – but I’ll be trying to find out, and probably having a closer look at the product to see if it’s really kosher.

In the meantime, I will say that I usually associate this sort of comment spam with fake AV rather than reputable security products, and if Protemac were my company, I’d be thinking about remedial action…

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Mac Virus Administrator

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Responses

  1. I know this is a bit late but I wanted to let you know that you are correct about Protemac’s lack of ethics when it comes to advertising. The same thing happened recently on the Apple support forums.

    For the past few weeks a certain user would respond to threads by recommending a Protemac product (complete with a link to the website). This user was smart enough to only respond to occasional threads and not spam hundreds of threads so they remained under the radar for a couple weeks.

    This morning they were caught and reported to the board moderators who then removed all of the user’s posts and apparently banned the user id. A couple hours later a brand new user was responding to threads and recommending Protemac. Fortunately, the moderators were on the ball and quickly killed that user id too.

    So comment spam seems to be a routine method of advertising by Protemac. I, for one, would never recommend a company that has to resort to sleazy methods of advertising.


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