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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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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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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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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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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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Total Security 2009 (System Security) Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

This scareware uses the season’s template “My Computer Online Scan” to install itself. This template uses a combination of gif images and JavaScript to simulate an online scan and fake warning messages about non-existent malware on the victims’ system. While the popups and warning messages are infrequent compared to other rogue security software, this one […]

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Antivirus Plus Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

The current version of Antivirus Plus rogue security software uses the Fake Windows Security Center to push the victim to register the software. The interface of Antivirus Plus is well designed and the spurious popup and other warning notifications are very frequent. The fake windows security center interface also is a good copy of the […]

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Windows Protection Suite Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Windows Protection Suite is a rogue security software. On visiting an infected Website, this rogue security application triggers a popup dialogue box with the text: “Warning! Your PC is at risk of virus and malware attack. Your system requires immediate check! System Security will perform a quick and free scan of your PC for viruses […]

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SaveKeeper Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

The Savekeeper is one among the latest of the family of rogue security applications. I have observed this scareware being downloaded and prompted to install by the Fake Windows Security Center rogue. This needs to be manually installed. This also installs a bunch of random named exe, dll, bin, cpl and ocx files in the […]

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Fake Windows Security Center Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

On visiting a infected Website, this rogue uses a variety of animated images to simulate an online scan that fraudulently claims to find many non-existent malware on the victims system. The purported scan runs even if the user clicks the cancel button. The scareware starts downloading in the background irrespective of where you click on […]

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Safety Center Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Safety Center…a rogue security software, mimics Windows Security Center and tries to passes itself as a legitimate security suite. In addition to the various popups it also uses fake voice alerts and desktop hijack to scare the user to buy the bogus application. It uses a combination of animated images which gives the impression of […]

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Spyware Protect 2009 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Though Spyware Protect 2009, a rogue security software made its appearance early this year, recently it’s in the news due to the fact that the notorious Conficker botnet gang chose to push it to the infected systems. Spyware Protect 2009 is your typical scareware with slight variations. Incessant, hard-to-get-away popups warn about hundred’s of imaginary […]

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System Security 2009 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

System Security 2009 is one of the newest entrants into the family of rogue antisecurity software. Once installed it surreptiously downloads and installs a malicious backdoor trojan that runs in the background and allows remote access to the compromised system.

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VirusTrigger Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

VirusTrigger is a new entrant to the ever growing family of rogue security software products. A clone of the rouge Antivirus Lab, the software and their Website is very professional in design and uses a variety of aggressive scare messages about non-existent malware infections.

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WinDefender 2009 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

WinDefender 2009 is one of the recent rogue security software. A variant of the rogue IE Defender and Total Secure it deceptively looks similar to Windows Defender, a legitimate Microsoft anti-malware program. A rogue security software belongs to a family of software products that call themselves as antivirus, antispyware or registry cleaners and often use […]

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Spyware Guard 2008 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Spyware Guard 2008 is a new entrant to the family of rogue security software. It is not to be confused with SpywareGuard a fine freeware from Javacool 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 […]

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Antispyware Pro XP Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Antispyware Pro XP or Anti spyware Pro XP is one of the many variants belonging to the family of rogue security software. The following is an account of my experience with this rogue.

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XP/Vista Antivirus 2008 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

This rogue anti-malware application mostly installs via encoded re-directs from hacked web pages. When you happen to visit a hacked web page on a otherwise legitimate website your browser is automatically redirected to a rogue ware hosting website which shows a popup with a the text “Your computer is running slower than normal, maybe it […]

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Celebrity Malicious Spam Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Recently my inbox was filled with spam containing subject lines "Re: Offical Update 2008" and number of catchy celebrity themed storm worm lines… I opened one of the spam mail with the paris hilton subject line and clicked on the single link which promised to let me view a previously unseen video of the celebrity.

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