Facebook and Bad Ads

Just to show how easy it is to deceive in the computer ad market I took this ad that showed up on Facebook feeds and dissected it a little bit. The sad truth is that deceitful ads like this generate millions in revenue.

This is a link to the Bad/Scam Facebook Ad 

This particular ad is for a purported fix for slow PC problems and describes itself as an "astonishing PC Optimization breakthrough". The ad (in other online Web versions;http://www.supertechconsult.com/date/2016/01/) references Software Engineers, John Gruchy and Attila Payman (of the New York State International Technology Foundation) which, after an exhaustive search, proved to be non-existent; this particular facebook ad version only references John Gruchy. When it comes to being a bit liberal with the truth the same is true with their listed testimonials. Look at the testimoninals they use on their ad at the bottom of the ad page and then look at what I found below.

 The pictures are snatched from various news reports:

This one from a lady in a murder trail-

This is the link to the news report

This one from a man accused of infecting people with aids

This is the link to the news report

 Even the top picture is tweaked as it was originally a Dell factory picture.


The original picure

Doing research on the product itself you soon discover that, at best, it is described as scam ware and even worse by some prominent software reviewers. The deceitful ad practice itself should be telling as to the legitimacy of the software. There are also several auto-download traps on the ad page.

A cursory look shows a breadcrumb trail of SUPERTECHCONSULT.COM->justdevelop.it-> and then it just gets kind of murky as the trail travels across the pond.

Facebook should do a better job of screening deceptive ad practices. It may keep the revenue train going but eventually the end user, the one being deceived, is the one that ends up paying the cost. This is just one that I pulled out of a number of ads that invade my Facebook feeds daily. I really don't mind ads, but how about some legit ones Facebook? I get enough spreading of false stories on my feeds as it is without you compounding the problem.

by Jim Atkins 'thedosmann'

Memphis Web Programming