Products of big security companies flagged as deceptors by Appesteem

Appesteem maintains the Deceptor list, a list of programs who do not respect their requirements.

The deceptor list contains most of the time emergent products who want to make $$$ very fast by using some gray-area techniques.

I personally have never seen a product of any established company in this list.


To my surprize, while working on the VB Conference paper described in the previous post , I saw two products:

  • Avast Driver Updater since August 5 :


There is a bunch of AV companies already blocking the installer/app from running:

  • Dr.Web
  • ESET
  • K7
  • Malwarebytes
  • Panda
  • Sophos
  • Trend Micro
  • VirIT
  • Webroot
  • Microsoft



There is a bunch of AV companies already blocking the installer/app from running:

  • AegisLab
  • BitDefender
  • Emsisoft
  • GData
  • Ikarus
  • Symantec
  • Microsoft


They are both violating the ACR-004.

ACR-004:App offers an ongoing subscription service, but does not offer free fixes for the free scan results shown. For Driver Update utility, it can ask for one time fix payment, but not the term based service payment.


If we see the submission date, it is clear that these are no mistakes: they are business models and the companies are not in a hurry changing probably a very lucrative business.

I am happy that Appesteem is looking objectively at these things and is not whitelisting anybody just because they are big or well-known.

Good job Appesteem!


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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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