Do you know what AMMYY is?
AMMYY is a remote control application. With appropriate logins and passwords, AMMYY allows you to access another computer on the network even if you are away from it. The application can be downloaded at ammyy.com, and the program is promoted as a tool that helps you easily establish a remote desktop connection. It is a legitimate tool, but our main security concern is that AMMYY can be exploited by cyber criminals to access your computers and steal your data. This possibility labels AMMYY as potentially unwanted program and it would be in your best interest to remove the application from your computer.
Removing AMMYY is very easy, because this program does not add any entry to the list of installed programs. Thus, it cannot be removed through Control Panel, but in order to get rid of AMMYY, you simply need to delete the .exe file you have downloaded from the official website. It may be possible that in some cases AMMYY gets distributed bundled with freeware, although nothing of the sort has been detected officially as of yet.
In order to ensure safe service AMMYY should definitely implement greater security measures, because currently anyone who manages to guess your AMMYY ID could take control of your computer. The creators of this application are aware of the cyber scams and exploitations related to this program, and they warn users about potential scam calls they might receive. The official warning is issued at the main homepage. It reads as follows:
!!! If you receive a phone call claiming to be from ‘Microsoft’ or someone claiming to work on their behalf, telling you that you have a virus on your computer or some errors which they will help you fix via Ammyy Admin, it is definitely a scam.
There also might be phone calls from people presenting themselves as internet service provider technicians or any other tech supports specialists.
Neither Microsoft nor AMMYY Inc. calls their customers directly to inform them about potential virus infections or internet/computer fixes. If a scammer asks you to install AMMYY remote desktop software and then give away your ID and password – something is definitely not right. Were you to give away such information, the cyber criminals behind this scam would be able to access your computer and steal all of your private data.
It is also very likely that cyber criminals may infect you with a rogue by using AMMYY, and then you will be forced to pay them money to “fix” the problems they are responsible for. Do not reveal your passwords and login data to ANYONE. If you do not need the application simply remove AMMYY by deleting the .exe file you have downloaded and then invest in a licensed antispyware tool that would protect your system from any potential cyber threats.
In non-techie terms:
AMMYY is a licensed program that is used to establish remote desktop access between two computers. However, it may also be used for malicious cyber scams, so if you are asked to reveal your AMMYY ID, do not do that. Delete AMMYY from your computer and ensure you have powerful computer security tool protecting your system.