Learn about phony virus popup alerts and protect your computer's security from being compromised.
“Your Windows is corrupted with Spyware Virus”
This annoying pop-up message has become more and more common these days and there are a few different things you should know about this.
First of all, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS PART:
Win Antivirus Vista/XP is phony antispyware software made to look like a legitimate security software for Microsoft Vista and XP. Win Antivirus Vista/XP is a scam and should be avoided.
WinAntivirus Vista/XP makes it’s way onto computer systems via installations that automatically start after visiting infected websites. When this parasite enters the system, it performs quick system scan and reports bogus results about security problems, privacy issues and other errors. All those infections are made fake, designed to frighten people into thinking they need to buy this corrupt software to fix their PC infections. The reality is WinAntivirs Vista/XP is the real infection.
My Personal Experience with this Bastard
On Friday, a co-worker called me over to show me a similar message to this. Upon inspection of her computer, she had already installed a few different Trojans into her machine. She already had protection from AVG so my first instinct was to run a full hard drive scan. Unfortunately, AVG didn’t pick up on any virus infections but after inspecting her current running services and start up programs in MSCONFIG, I saw the virus instances with my own eyes. Why AVG couldn’t pick up on it, I do not know, but it seems that this has become way too common of a problem because not an hour passes and my sister called me up to tell me her boss got the same message on her computer.
I ran around my office making sure that all the computers were protected. Most of them were, but in my mind, I’m not sure that even mattered since this one co-workers machine got infected anyway. Over the weekend, my girlfriend called me over to her computer and tells me that a warning popped up and asked her to install an anti-virus and malware removal tool in order to get rid of the infection. Not knowing any better, she went ahead and installed it. What many people don’t realize is that when you install these pop-up “Malware removal tools” you are currently installing viruses on your machine. This is how these bastards get you, they trick you into believing they found a virus on your computer, then ask you to install a tool to get rid of it.
I made sure to inform everyone in my office, as well as my sister and girlfriend, that if you are downloading a file that has the extension of *.exe, be sure not to click on it and delete it immediately. The only reason why you wouldn’t do this, is if you are intentionally downloading software of some sort to install on your machine. For example, I saw that my GF had downloaded the new Britney Spears record, and inside the folder with all of the MP3’s there was a bonus track with the extension .exe. She must have ran the file believing that it was indeed an audio track, but songs will never really end in “.exe”. That’s what she gets for downloading a Britney Spears record. I guess I get the shitty end of that stick though, because I’m the one who ends up having to fix it. The next morning, I hear that her mom also got a pop-up, and her computer is infected as well. There must be a crazy viral outbreak this month and it’s really beginning to annoy me.
Another thing you should know about this subject is the meaning of a false positive. Sometimes you will download a file that you know is legit and your anti-virus program will notify you that it’s a virus. There are instances where you will run into a false positive where the file is not actually infected but the software picks something up in there which tricks it into thinking it’s an infection.
In my opinion, the best way around this is for you to be highly aware of what you are doing when you are browsing the web and downloading files. If you ever encounter this tricky pop-up, be sure to read it thoroughly because there are times where it’ll specifically state: “To install the software, click cancel – If you would like to Cancel, Click OK”. Most of the people I know who have infected their machines didn’t take the time to read what was on the pop-up and instinctively clicked on the cancel button to get rid of this window.
I believe that there should definitely be a law against these types of programs and viruses and people who create them should be held accountable for the damage they cause to the victims computers. Many people have lost important files and valuable time having to reformat their machines only to be sure they have rid their machines of whatever bullshit is still lurking around. If there already is such a law, be sure to let me in on what can be done, because I’m sick of having to spend my time reversing the damage they have done.
(Edit: Sept 22, 2009)
After making this post, so many people contacted me to let me know they have come accross the same viral infections recently. I can’t believe how many people have been fooled by this crap. It seems the company who created this malware is called Innovagest 2000 & Innogavest 2000 S.L.. I don’t know how they are allowed to operate and take people’s money but after doing a bit of research on them it seems they are the rogue spyware developers. They claim to provide you with ‘the ultimate PC protection software’ which is obviously far from the truth. It seems many people who have had these infections were able to remove them with a Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Some other programs that detect rootkits(?) are SUPERAntiSpyware, IObit Security 360, and even AVG will but you must have the Paid Version (Pro or Internet Security) to activate the Anti-Rootkit protection.
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