System Protection Description
System Protection is a bogus security application that may often surprise its victims by entering a computer system without the computer user's authorization. Claiming to provide advanced protection for your computer system, in reality System Protection is part of a well-known scam. Criminals attempt to trick gullible computer users into purchasing fake security software like System Protection with the help of Trojans and malicious scripts. System Protection belongs to a family of fake security scanners which includes bogus security software like Security Shield, Windows Pro Scanner or Virus Doctor. This family of rogue security programs is known as the Rogue.VirusDoctor family, although it can be detected with various aliases. System Protection and its clones all employ the same basic strategy to carry out their attack, infecting a computer system without authorization, displaying constant error messages and false positives, and then claiming that a paid version of System Protection is required to remove these nonexistent problems. ESG security analysts strongly advise against purchasing System Protection; instead, System Protection should be removed with the aid of a reliable anti-malware application from a reputed source.
How Criminals Infect a Computer System with System Protection
System Protection enters a computer system with the help of a dropper or downloader Trojan. Examples of Trojans that have been linked to the System Protection rogue security program include the the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert and the Zlob Trojan. Trojans associated with System Protection can be acquired from all kinds of sources. For example, criminals can spread System Protection-related Trojans by disguising them as video codecs on pornographic video websites. When trying to open a video, the computer user will receive a message claiming that a certain codec is needed to play the video and providing a link. Clicking on this link actually downloads and installs a Trojan that may then install System Protection and other malware on the victim's computer system. System Protection in particular has also been linked to malicious advertisements which promote fake security software and offer to scan the victim's computer in search for spyware or malware. The result of these fake scans will always be a message claiming that there are problems with the victim's computer and prompting the victim to download System Protection. Some variants of these fake online scanners do not wait for the victim's authorization and will simply attempt to inject a Trojan related to System Protection by exploiting known application, browser or operating system vulnerabilities.
Type: Rogue AntiSpyware Programs
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