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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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Rogue antivirus lurks behind Google Doodle searches

by Shanmuga

"It’s the latest example of just how good scammers have become at manipulating Google search results. For months now, they’ve followed Google’s Trending Topics section and then used search engine optimization techniques to push hacked Web pages up to the top of Google’s search results, security experts say. They do this by flooding hacked pages […]

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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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Fake antivirus malware gets hoax Microsoft endorsement

by Shanmuga

"A new scareware package tries to sell bogus antivirus software to its victims using an apparent endorsement of the software by Microsoft. A variant of the infection that urges users to buy DefenceLab antivirus software now also directs them to a Microsoft support page where a display describes a new threat and recommends using DefenceLab […]

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Rogue antivirus scammers have made $150M

by Shanmuga

"They’re the scourge of the Internet right now and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says they’ve also raked in more than $150 million for scammers. Security experts call them rogue antivirus programs. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a warning over this fake antivirus software Friday, saying that Web surfers should be wary […]

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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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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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Malware messes up India’s online test for business schools

by Shanmuga

"The move by India’s top business schools to take their CAT entrance test online turned embarrassing after malware-infected computers left a number of students unable to take the test. Prometric, a Baltimore, Maryland, testing company hired to conduct the CAT (Common Admission Test), said this week that the testing labs faced technical difficulties mainly due […]

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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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Ad-Aware maker showcases Rogue Gallery

by Shanmuga

Lavasoft Malware Labs, the maker of the popular Ad-aware anti-spyware product, have announced setting up of a gallery of rogue security software. A rogue security software belongs to a family of software products that call themselves as antivirus, antispyware or registry cleaners and often use deceptive or high pressure sales tactics and deliberate false positives […]

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Tiger Woods malware

by Shanmuga

"Symantec reported that search engine results are redirecting to malicious domains that go through the usual fake scanning activity, before pointing out a whole host of ‘serious errors’ and ‘threats’ that need to be cleaned from your computer. Files on offer on this occasion may be setup_build6_195.exe (Download.MisleadApp) or install [RANDOM NUMBER].exe (Detected as Downloader […]

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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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Panda Burning Incense worm due for a comeback

by Shanmuga

"A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee. The original Panda worm, also known as Fujacks, caused widespread damage at a time when public knowledge about online security was low, […]

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Dumb code could stop computer viruses in their tracks

by Shanmuga

"ON THE day a new computer virus hits the internet there is little that antivirus software can do to stop it until security firms get round to writing and distributing a patch that recognises and kills the virus. Now engineers Simon Wiseman and Richard Oak at the defence technology company Qinetiq’s security lab in Malvern, […]

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Rogue antivirus: a growing problem

by Shanmuga

"Rogue antivirus programs pretend to detect malicious programs on a user’s computer and then offer to “treat” them for a fee. Needless to say, the money ends up in a cybercriminal’s pocket. The chances of being infected by this type of malware have increased dramatically over the last few years. The article examines how rogue […]

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Internet Antivirus Pro Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Belonging to the family of Personal Antivirus, General Antivirus etc., this scareware first appeared on the scene in the later half of the year 2008 and is still going strong. It is identified by various antivirus engines as Adware.InternetAntivirusPro, RogueAntiSpyware.InternetAntivirus, Win32.InternetAntivirusPro.m, Win32.Banker and Win-Trojan/Fakealert. As a typical scareware it displays misleading alerts about non-existent infections […]

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New Research Shows How To Block Stealthy Malware Attacks

by Shanmuga

"The spread of malicious software, also known as malware or computer viruses, is a growing problem that can lead to crashed computer systems, stolen personal information, and billions of dollars in lost productivity every year. One of the most insidious types of malware is a "rootkit," which can effectively hide the presence of other spyware […]

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Malware Defensive Techniques Will Evolve as Security Arms Race Continues

by Shanmuga

"While the majority of malware attacks stick to tried and true methods, malware authors are getting better at being stealthy and finding ways to fight back against the security pros trying to thwart them. A well-known example of this is the Conficker worm disabling anti-virus updates by blocking infected computers from accessing the Web sites […]

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