When I booted up my husband’s computer, there was a pop-up window which seemed to be running a scan and then super fast (in actuality, suspiciously quickly) it reported that we had over 25 spyware, malware and Trojan viruses on the computer. Even to a seasoned veteran, the alert was quite persuasive. The threat of a Trojan and is extremely frightening and so was the listing of XXX.exe viruses.
Then comes the clincher. All I must do is complete a simple registration process and the Personal Antivirus program will remove all spyware and save the day. The sales pitch was a little too over the top.
This was really a rogue software that disguised itself as a beneficial security tool. The information regarding the 25 viruses was a bogus scare tactic for us to complete the enrollment form in a panic and hit send. I took a look at the enrollment page and learned that along with not clearing up any viruses, and in reality probably downloading any, we were going to need to pay for this service also.
As much as I hated it, I woke my husband up at the wee hours of this morning to explore this further and he explained, “I thought it came through with the Windows upgrade and was only trying to make me buy antivirus software, and so I dismissed it.” He got the last part right but this was not part of a Windows upgrade.
Personal Antivirus can actually “piggyback” in through a download creep in when you’re visiting a website. The programming is quite similar in appearance and structure a Windows XP security feature so that it can be simple to get duped.
Here is How You Can Tell the Real Thing in the Scary Things:
1. If you’re currently running a respectable software application to detect viruses you shouldn’t have any program telling you that you’ve got X amount of viruses on your computer. Yes, detection may differ from software to applications and rely on your last update, but there shouldn’t be that many variations in the amount of viruses, malware or spyware on your computer.
2. Typically, if you’ve already installed an antivirus system in your computer another one cannot function or override the present software. By way of instance, if I’m using Trend and try to set up Norton, without uninstalling Trend I’ll get error messages and the installation won’t complete.
3. Most reputable antivirus programs won’t download to your computer without your aid, like accessing the page and taking you via download measures, not a free program like AVG can just magically appear and scan your computer.
Personal Antivirus uses manipulation and fear so as to conduct its “scam.” If you think this program to be authentic, you wind up supplying your name, address, credit card number, create a username and password. Since lots of individuals use the identical user name and password for multiple accounts you’ve now given away all of the information anyone needs to perpetrate credit card fraud, make a new identity and damage your credit in a number of other ways.
If left alone this program does the following:
- Changes your browser preferences directing you to sites that continue to encourage you to Buy this so-called security software
- Shows commercial advertisements
- Allows pop-ups advertisements to sneak through your firewall
- Stays resident in the background, maybe recording keystrokes
This software has to be eliminated immediately. Leaving it on your computer and dismissing it may still cause you frustration and harm to your systems. There are numerous sites offering information on the best way best to eliminate Personal Antivirus from the computer, I urge XP Vista.com Spyware Removal and I discovered 2-Spyware very beneficial.
These sites provide similar information but I picked the XP Vista site because it was a real Windows XP website. Attempting to eliminate manually takes quite a lot of computer knowledge, so you might want to obtain some help, from somebody who knows about finding and removing files in addition to creating restore points and uninstalling apps.
It took me a lot of effort and time, almost 2 and a half hours worth before I managed to go to bed knowing our computer was protected. This is just one more example of how personal antivirus is only 1 line of protection and knowledge is just another. If I had not been educated about my desktop computer, antivirus programs, and malware scams, I might have dismissed it, which can result in important difficulties or worse, been frightened into buying this scary download.