Posted by: admin on Sep 17, 2010
What is a Rogue Security Infection?
They are virus delivery programs masquerading as legitimate anti-virus tools. Rogue security software uses malicious software to advertise install itself on to your PC usually by presenting a popup that looks like a legitimate warning of a virus alert. When the user clicks on these warnings instead of removing any infections, the release a payload of viruses onto your machine. Once this tool is installed it usually tries to force PC users to pay for removal of nonexistent malware.
Sometime these fake anti-virus applications slows users PC down and convince the user that they have virus, spyware, bugs, and adware in their computer. The main goal of these types of software makers is to sell their product. Many times fake Windows dialog boxes appears as well.
Of Course, once these fake anti-virus tools are on your machine, there is no easy way to get rid of them. Here is a screenshot of one particular fake anti-virus tool.
Here is another one:
Most of the time, it will display a message such as “WARNING! Your computer is infected with Spyware/bugs/Adware/Viruses! Buy our XYZ s/w to remove it!” then if you press dialog box’s OK button, this will divert the user to a malicious website. In most instances even by clicking the X button to close the dialog box produces the same effect. It is truly a frustrating experience
According to Panda Security, these virus attackers have a 3.9% success rate and are making millions in revenue per month.
The three largest rogue anti-virus programs currently out are Security Tool, System Security, XP Antispyware 2009/2010, VirusResponse Lab 2009 and Antivirus 2009.
If you do have the misfortune to get one of these viruses, Tech-EEZ can help. We remove these types of infections off of our customers computers daily. We can remove them without having to reinstall Windows or put your data at risk.