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Windows Recovery is a scareware which masquerades as a system performance optimization tool. Belonging to the FakeSysdef trojan family, it comes in many names including HDD Defragmenter, Check Disk, Windows Repair, Windows Restore, Windows SafeMode, Windows Fix Disk and Windows Recovery. It uses a variety of fake warning alerts about non-existent errors in computer hard

Antivirus Protection Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Similar in design and behavior to Antivirus soft and Antivirus Live rogues, this scareware aggressively displays a number of fake security alerts about network infiltration attempts and non-existent malware. Hijacks Internet Explorer by modifying the proxy settings and automatically opens porn websites every now and then. IE is allowed to visit only the sites related

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BitDefender 2011 Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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This scareware uses the name of a legitimate security application to ply its trade upon unwary users. BitDefender 2011 scareware copies the logo and design elements of the well known bitdefender range of security products. Once installed, this rogue software blocks execution of legitimate programs with fake security alerts. These fake warning messages are very

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Antivirus AntiSpyware 2011 Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Antivirus AntiSpyware 2011 is rogue security application, similar to Internet Security 2010, Security essentials 2010, Security essentials 2011 etc., Once installed, this scareware produces frequent fake security warnings about non-existent malware and network intrusions. This rogue software pops up a security alert and blocks execution of legitimate programs. The fake security alerts come in a

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Antivirus Clean 2011 Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Antivirus Clean 2011 is a fraudulent security software that displays fake Windows warning messages about non-existent malware infections to scare the victim to purchase a license. This scareware actually phishes for the credit card data instead of just scamming the user for a subscription. The secure payment page to which the user is taken on

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Malware runs even in safe mode – Cleaning Malware

by Shanmuga
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Yes! malware can even run in safe mode and safe mode with networking. A common devious method is to inject a malware process into legitimate Windows processes like userinit.exe, explorer.exe etc., These processes are loaded as part of the core drivers and services that Windows loads during a safe mode boot.

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MS Removal Tool Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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MS Removal Tool is similar in design and behavior to the System Tool rogue. It uses yellow system alert messages to get itself installed. MS Removal Tool blocks execution of most programs and Windows administrative tasks like Task Manager, Command prompt, Registry editor etc., presumably to protect itself and at the same time to scare

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Find and Remove SpyEye Banking Trojan

by Shanmuga
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SpyEye banking trojan first made its appearance about a year back as a competitor to what is till then known as the king of all bots Zeus/Zbot. Security researchers believe that both bots have now joined hands to prey upon online banking users world-wide.

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CleanThis Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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CleanThis scareware uses the Fake Security Essentials Alert to download itself on to the victim’s computer. Once installed, this rogue software proceeds to restart the system automatically, on restart access to the desktop is completely blocked. Taskbar is hidden, right click is disabled and the fake scan is run identifying non-existent malware. You cannot close

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Anonymity – Common Proxy server Protocols and Types

by Shanmuga
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An anonymous proxy server is nothing but a computer system that acts as an intermediary between your computer and a different computer, thus keeping your computer hidden from the responding computer. Essentially all of your requests are sent to the proxy which acts as a man-in-the-middle between your destination and you. However the requests from

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Fake Security Essentials Alert Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Microsoft Security essentials is the name of the legitimate anti-malware product from Microsoft. The purveyors of scareware are using its name and design elements in their fake security alerts for quite some time now. The fake security essentials alert is a trojan downloader application. It is mostly used as an initial fake warning message which

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E-Set Antivirus 2011 Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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No. This is not a guide for removing the legitimate ESET NOD32 Antivirus software. There is a new scareware that goes by the name E-Set Antivirus 2011. Curiously while it uses the name of ESET, it uses an icon that is very similar to AVG icon. This fraud software uses the Windows UAC like darkening

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Internet Explorer 9 SmartScreen Filter

by Shanmuga
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Microsoft included SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer from version 8. It is a feature that helps in detecting malicious Websites and programs, so that the users can avoid socially engineered malware phishing websites and online fraud. It warns you, when you are about to visit a malicious Website or when you try to download a

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System Tool Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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System Tool is a fake anti-malware program. Once installed on the system, it uses various scare tactics to make the user to part with his money. System Tool scareware hijacks the desktop wallpaper and displays its own with a huge warning text. It pops up frequent yellow system alerts with fake security warnings. This rogue

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Windows Defence Center Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Windows Defense Center uses the fake Microsoft Security Essentials alert to get itself on to victims computers. Once latched on to the system it blocks execution of most applications including system administrative tasks like command prompt, registry editor, task manager etc. It uses the names of legitimate running processes to create fake security alerts. Windows

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Web Browsers File Download Security Warnings

by Shanmuga
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Regular readers of this Website will be aware that before downloading any file they should ask themselves these questions: Did you actually request this file by clicking a link on a Website, or did the alert appear without any action on your part? Do you trust the website providing the file? Do you know what

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How to remove malware using Kaspersky Rescue Disk

by Shanmuga
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We have seen the benefits of an anti-malware rescue disk which is nothing but a CD/DVD disk or an USB stick containing a malware removal software when used as a last resort to clean an excessively infected system. Check our list of FREE Anti-virus rescue disks. Kaspersky Rescue Disk is one of the tool I

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Remove Malware using Anti-Malware Rescue Disk

by Shanmuga
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Have you ever come across malware infections serious enough to make booting into the operating system difficult? Multiple pop-ups and other fake system messages that make your system crawl or imagine a situation where the malware makes it impossible to run any application let alone an anti-virus utility. A perfect setting to burn yourself a

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Sysinternals Antivirus Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Sysinternals Antivirus is a malicious and fraudulent scareware program that uses fake Windows Security Center and fake Windows system alerts to warn the gullible users about non-existent malware infections and try to scam money out of the victims.

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Protection Center Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Protection Center is a new fraudulent, malicious and fake anti-spyware program that attempts to cheat gullible users to purchase a subscription for itself. This program will simulate a scan of your system at every start-up and lists fake malware infections and produces a variety of genuine looking Windows system alerts that makes it difficult to

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Antispyware Soft Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Antispyware Soft is similar in interface and behavior to Antivirus Soft, Antivirus Live and Antivirus soft scareware. This malicious, rogue security software aggressively displays fraudulent system security alerts about non-existent network infiltration attempts and malware. The anti spyware soft rogue when installed: Installs the Fake Windows Security Center where all the links lead to its

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Data Protection Removal and Analysis

by Shanmuga
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Data Protection is a malicious, fraudulent security software that uses a variety of fake system alerts to scare the users into buying a subscription. It initiates a fake system scan at every system start and purportedly finds many non-existent malware infections. This scareware: Installs TDSS rootkit Disables TaskManager Disables Command prompt, Registry editor Prompts to

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AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga
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AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro is a malicious, fraudulent antivirus program that uses fake system alerts about non-existent malware infections and system infiltrations to scam the user’s into purchasing a useless license/subscription. The fake alerts are many and frequent making the computer nearly impossible to use for productive purposes.

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