An email from Uniblue to a colleague offering payment for placing a Uniblue link on his site has prompted me to come out of lurk mode and resurrect the Uniblue discussion.
This has been discussed before . . . if you do a search on “Uniblue” here on WOT, you’ll get 8 hits.
Uniblue has a yellow rating, but it is, and has been, a controversial item. Some swear by it, and yet others (myself included) think it’s nothing but a scam. (And I’ll detail why I have that opinion in a bit).
It is a particularly devious scam, IMO, because Uniblue leverages their “process library”, a legit product, to appear as a legit site . . . while at the same time promoting their rogue products.
I evaluated “RegistryBooster“, a Uniblue product, and a prime example, IMO, of the rogues they offer.
“RegistryBooster” is a registry cleaner.
First of all, when you click on the Uniblue “Products” tab, you get redirected to “liutilities.com”, another yellow rated site and this is actually a Uniblue site:
Now here’s the rogue part. Running RegistryBooster, I got 556 errors and a progress bar that indicates these errors as a “high Damage level”. Without getting into the virtues, or lack thereof, of registry cleaners, the “high Damage level” warning implies that these things are NOT trivial (“trivial” being things like orphaned DLL’s and missing help files . . . which is pretty common but not a show stopper):
When a user who is green sees something like “high Damage level”, they’re inclined to think this is disastrous (never mind that if your registry actually had that many serious errors, the machine probably wouldn’t even boot) and purchase the retail version of RegistryBooster to remove those (dubious) errors:
Hence my opinion that “RegistryBooster” is scareware and a rogue. (And RegistryBooster is “from Uniblue”, as the above screenshot shows).
I’ve not dug into the pedigree of Uniblue (such as blacklists, whois info, and robtex . . . and my suspicion is that all of that would be “clean”), but rather just run “RegistryBooster” (in my Windows VM within Ubuntu) to satisfy myself that Uniblue does indeed promote scams/rogues. I might not have such a poor opinion of Uniblue if it weren’t for that “high Damage level” indication in “RegistryBooster”. But then how else are they going to convince you that you should pay for removal instead of using a free registry cleaner like CCleaner?