For many years online attackers have used many different forms of rogue software, also known as “Fake Antivirus Programs” or “Scareware” to lure unsuspecting computer users into divulging personal information and install malware. The rogue software programs almost always have the look and feel of legitimate and well known security programs by reputable companies. They display bogus scan results with exaggerated detections of malicious software that they have detected on your system, while constantly trying to pressure you into purchasing the full version of the rogue software to remove the detected and totally bogus threats. Fake antivirus programs may be installed by the use of many different and creative techniques. Some may be installed during visits to infected websites by drive-by installations, while others may be installed by tricking less experienced computer users into clicking on pop-ups that display legitimate looking warning messages related to needed software or browser updates. After they are installed on your computer, they make various registry changes and also install hidden components in hiddens locations. Mostly with the intention of hindering any attempts to uninstalling them and also to display annoying pop-ups. In addition to the pop-ups, you may also be redirected to malicious websites, during an online search, that may actually install additional security threats on your system. Keyloggers may also be installed on your system as a part of some of these malicious programs, which could steal personal and online account information.
Some of the rogue software programs may be removed thru standard techniques, such as thru the “Programs and Features” section of the control panel. While more stubborn forms of the fake antivirus programs may require professional assistance from a computer support company.
The first step that you should take before you pick up an infection is to install a reputable antivirus and also firewall program with “Application Process Control” features. Nothing is foolproff though, but with the proper operating system and software updates, plus some added caution on your part while you browse online, you can minimize your risk of a virus infection.