Clicking on a “Your computer is infected, click this to scan your computer for threats” pop-up window when surfing the internet is the source of most of the virus removal jobs I get. This source of infections has been around for years – they use scare tactics to get you to click a window – and clicking that window downloads malicious software to your computer.
A Partial List of the “Rogue AntiVirus Programs”:
Antispyware Soldier-AntiVermeans-AntiVermins-AntiVerminser-AntiVirGear-Antivirus 2009-Antivirus Lab 2009-Antivirus Master-Antivirus XP 2008-AntivirusGolden-AVGold-BraveSentry-IE Defender-Internet Antivirus-MalwareCrush-MalwareWipe-MalwareWiped-MalwareWipePro-MalwareWiper-Micro Antivirus 2009-MS Antivirus-PestCapture-PestTrap-Power Antivirus 2009-Power Antivirus-PSGuard-Smart Antivirus 2009-SpyAxe-SpyCrush-SpyDown-SpyFalcon-SpyGuard-SpyHeal-XP AntiVirus…and the list goes on and on.
These malicious programs will hijack your computer, redirect your internet searches, prevent your programs from running (including the anti virus program you have installed) – and blame it all on the imaginary “threats” they pretend to have found while “scanning” your PC. The object of all of this is simple – to blackmail you into paying them money for their fake anti-virus program..to remove the problems these infections create.
Even worse, I had a customer who actually paid $49.95 for a “year subscription” to one of these fake “Anti-virus” programs believing they were doing the right thing.to protect their computer. 30 days later they received another bill for $49.95, and when they did not pay it, their computer became impossible to use at all – only the desktop picture was visible.
I don’t know about you, but the last people in the world I want to have my credit card information are people trying to scam me out of money.
The first line of defense is to not click anything unfamiliar, install a WELL KNOWN anti virus program by a reputable company and scan regularly. Know what that program looks like and don’t allow “mystery programs” past your anti-virus program..If your anti virus detects a threat – believe it.
Another safeguard is to use Firefox as a web browser and to use the “NoScript” add-on for Firefox to prevent the Java script exploits that are one method of infecting your PC. Not clicking on pop-up Windows is another good line of defense – even clicking “No” can infect your computer. When I run into one of these pop-up windows when surfing the web, I click nothing – instead I simply re-start my computer using the Windows “Start” button.
If you already are infected, give me a call. These infections can be removed and the functionality of your computer restored to normal.