Scareware Popup Marketing
First ZA sends out a scareware popup as a marketing ploy and now they're deleting or closing any posts on the forum mentioning it. I'm sure this post will be gone soon too.
There is absolutely no question that ZA doesn't care about their users opinions - if they did they'd allow this discussion.
I'm very disappointed in ZA for this fraudulent marketing tactic and their refusal to acknowledge their customer's opinions on the subject.
- A former ZA user.
Can't tell the difference between ZA averts and malware
Just as a point of information. The pop-ups that we are seing as adverts with ZA are EXACTLY what we try to teach people are very bad. Now with this "Global Virus Alert" popup, you can't tell the difference between good stuff and bad stuff. You can't educate people about what to watch out for when the security software acts exactly the same as malware popups. ZA doesn't sell "just" a firewall anymore. If you did I would buy it, but comes bundles with other stuff. Sorry, but this really isn't a very good marketing method.:confused:
Re: zbot.zeus Notice / Thanks jerk-offs!
Good job ZoneAlarm / Check Point.
My phone is ringing off the wall from people calling about a "virus" they have on their PCs or rather don't have on their PCs.
You see, I don't get paid for telling people that they don't need to worry about it, because it is simply scare marketing.
On the other hand, I PAY (with my reputation) for recommending a software to them that starts scaring them with evil looking pop-ups.
Now, we both look bad.
You guys have really dropped the ball with this BS nonsense.
Yes, I think it's time to look for a new personal firewall solution. Even Microsoft's joke of a firewall doesn't resort to being crapware.
Re: zeus.zbot.aoaq Notice
How to handle user questions about ZoneAlarm's new popup for the Zeus Trojan:
First, train all your users, "When you get a nasty warning that you might have a virus with a "HIGH" risk on your PC, just click the little X in the top-right corner. Gotta go, the phones are ringing off the hook. Have a nice day."
Or, better yet, "Even if you've never seen anything like this before, just click any of the boxes, fill in all your credit card information and your name and address, then go back to work and forget all about it. It's probably not a phishing scam, but I agree with you, it sure looks like one. And if you've already got an anti-virus package installed, yes, this action will really screw up your PC. No, I don't know why ZoneAlarm isn't smart enough to figure out if you already have an anti-virus app installed, but it's not that difficult. Maybe all the smart employees don't work there any more." :(
I like, "Yes, this trojan has been around since 2007, but ZoneAlarm just found out about it, and they want you to know about it, too. I don't think they'll annoy you with 3-year old updates on the 2 million other trojans out there. I really hope not, anyway." :confused:
How about, "That popup is a feature, not a bug. It's a new class of corporate lunacy/suicide called 'scareware.' Just like that fake email with the Subject: 'Overdue Notice' in your inbox that turns out to be a marketing scam, you can ignore it. Please, just ignore it . . . No, everything's OK, settle down, just ignore it . . . Like I said, you can just ignore it. And don't worry, the next time I recommend a product to you, I'll do a much better job of checking it out first. Yes, you can just uninstall ZoneAlarm if you like, turn on Windows Firewall, and the scary messages will be gone forever." :)
If your users wonder how ZA could make a mistake of this magnitude, ask them if they're old enough to remember the day in the mid-80's when Coca-Cola stopped making Coca-Cola because they thought it would improve sales. (Now THAT was a bonehead stunt.) When they finally pulled their heads out of their @$$e$ a few months later, we all just chalked it up to a . . .
GIGANTIC MARKETING FAIL !! :eek:
but since it happened before the Internet was popular, we didn't get to spread the word about how stupid it was.
Ain't computers grand?