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Security essentials 2010 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Security essentials 2010 a clone of Internet Security 2010 is a fake Windows security program trying to cash in on the name of the legitimate Microsoft Security Essentials. This scareware uses a variety of fake messages that are designed to imitate the Windows system alerts about non-existent malware infections to convince the user to purchase

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Advanced Defender Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Advanced Defender is a fake security program that changes and disables the desktop background and then uses a flurry of false system messages in order to scare the user to purchase the program. This scareware disables the Windows task manager and stops Windows Security Center (wscsvc) to protect itself and blocks the execution of many

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Total PC Defender 2010 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Total PC Defender 2010 is a fraudulent program that uses fake system warning messages to convince the users to purchase a subscription. This rogue security software uses a irritating audio alert in addition to other fake system alerts. Once installed on the system Total PC Defender 2010 initiates a system restart and hijacks the desktop

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Antivirus Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

On being re-directed from a compromised website, this fake online virus scanner mimics windows explorer and simulates a antivirus scan by clever use of animated gif images and javascript. The fake scan will run even if the warning dialogue box is closed or canceled and the fraudulent software will be downloaded and run. Once the

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Antivirus Soft Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Antivirus Soft belongs to the family of Antivirus Live. Once installed it completely takes over the system, aggressively displays a variety of fradulent alerts about non-existent malware and infiltration attempts. This scareware installs the Fake Windows Security Center where all the links lead to the payment page for Antivirus Soft. Hijacks Internet Explorer and automatically

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Internet Security 2010 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Once installed in the system, Internet Security 2010 produces a variety of fraudulent messages about non-existent malware. The scare messages are designed to scam the user to purchase a subscription. These scare messages are very frequent and insistent making the computer unusable. It blocked the execution of internet browsers internet explorer, firefox and google chrome

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Malware Defense Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Malware Defense extensively uses the Windows logo, icons and other design elements in its interface. This rogue software installs the notorious ‘fake windows security center‘ (wscsvc32.exe). The Virus Protection part of the fake windows security center urges the victim to activate Malware Defense license. ‘Fake security center alerts‘ about Windows Firewall detecting unauthorized activity are

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PC Live Guard Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Similar in interface and actions to Windows Protection Suite and Additional Guard scareware, the PC Live Guard rogue security software pretends to be an all-in-one security and optimization suite. This scareware uses fraudulent scans and reports finding non-existent malware infections. The pop-ups, system alert messages including Windows UAC like darkening of the screen are very

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AntiMalware Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

AntiMalware is a rogue antimalware software with a professional looking interface. It uses a variety of scare messages including Windows UAC like darkening of the screen to persuade the unfortunate user to purchase a subscription. This scareware uses fraudulent Windows safety center ‘shield’ icon in its interface and as its task bar icon.

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Cleaning Malware and Safe Mode

by Shanmuga

Safe mode is a Windows troubleshooting option that starts your PC with only the basic files and device drivers necessary to run Windows. Many malware processes are persistent, auto start with Windows and block other legitimate programs from executing. In such situations booting into Windows safe mode is likely to disable the offending processes and

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Privacy Center Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Privacy Center is the name of a rogue security software that advertises itself as a “Simple one-click solution to protect your PC“. It’s a fraud program that finds non-existent files as security and privacy threats to the user’s computer.

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Microsoft Security Essentials – Real-time protection, Alert levels and Actions

by Shanmuga

This is Part Three of our series on Microsoft Security Essentials, earlier parts dealt with How to download, Install and Update MSE in Part one and How to Set-up Microsoft Security Essentials in Part two. This final part explains the real-time protection, various levels of alert and the actions recommended by Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)

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Safety Anti-Spyware Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Once installed this rogue anti-spyware software starts with Windows, runs constantly in the background and uses scare messages about non-existent malicious files to convince the user to pay for activation.

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Project Honey Pot traps its 1 Billionth Spam Message

by Shanmuga

Project Honey Pot – a distributed system for identifying spammers and the spambots they use to scrape email addresses from the Web – received its billionth email spam message on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 06:20 (GMT). It was a United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phishing scam.

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Microsoft Security Essentials – How to Set-up

by Shanmuga

This is Part Two of the series on Microsoft Security Essentials. We have seen How to download, Install and Update Microsoft Security Essentials in Part one. This part explains the options available in the program and how to choose the settings for an optimal scan and Part three deals with Microsoft Security Essentials – Real-time

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Additional Guard Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Additional Guard scareware -a variant of Windows Protection Suite- pretends to be an all-in-one security suite. This rogue security software uses Javascript and animated gif images to simulate a fake scan and fake security alert to trick the user into installation.

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Microsoft Security Essentials – How to download, Install and Update

by Shanmuga

This is part one of the series on Microsoft Security Essentials. How to Set-up Microsoft Security Essentials in Part two and Microsoft Security Essentials – Real-time protection, Alert levels and Actions in Part three. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is a no-cost security software for your PC from Microsoft. It can provide protection against all kinds

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Personal Security Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

On being redirected to a compromised website, this scareware displays a message ” Warning!!! “Your personal computer needs to install antivirus software! Personal Security can perform fast and free virus and malicious software scan of your computer” The fake scan is simulated with the use of javascript and gif animated images irrespective of whether the

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Security Tool Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Security Tool is one of the recent entrants to the family of rogue security software. Once installed the Security Tool scareware makes all the right noises expected from a fraudulent security software. A slew of warning messages in various sizes and colors about non-existent malware constantly bombard the desktop in order to scam the user

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Antivir Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

As soon as the user tricked into visiting the compromised website, the browser is minimized and a dialogue box titled “Message from webpage” pops up with a message “Warning!!! Your personal computer needs to install antivirus software! Antivir can perform fast and free virus and malicious software scan of your compute“. Clicking on Ok or

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Antivirus Uninstallers – Remove security software cleanly

by Shanmuga

Computer security software like anti-virus and firewall programs are notorious for leaving behind file and registry traces when uninstalled. I have found that using the in-built uninstaller via Start > Control Panel > Add\Remove Programs first and then followed by the official clean-up tool released by the respective vendor is quite effective in removing the

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Free Anonymous Web Proxies – What are they?

by Shanmuga

Basically an anonymous proxy hides your IP and protects other personally identifiable information being leaked on to the Web, thus protecting your online privacy. An anonymous web proxy lets you surf the web anonymously in your browser with out needing to install any software locally. You can use the service from any computer as they

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How to check Websites/Blogs/Web pages for Malware

by Shanmuga

The web today is not a benign place. There are many bots (automatic programs) that are constantly scouring the Web looking for a vulnerable computer. Once the bots find one, whether a home computer or a Web-server, they try to compromise the computer by surreptitiously installing its payload. In the case of a Web-server, it

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