Windows Basic Antivirus

Windows Basic Antivirus Description

Windows Basic Antivirus is a fake anti-virus program that will often enter a computer system without the computer user's authorization. This fake security tool is a bad copy of Microsoft Security Essentials and uses the name 'Windows Advanced Security Center' in its main window. Despite its claims, Windows Basic Antivirus has absolutely no way of fixing security problems on a computer system and is actually part of an online scam itself. Windows Basic Antivirus is part of a large family of fake security programs which malware analysts classify as the FakeVimes family. Malware like Windows Basic Antivirus will usually enter a computer system through force or deception, claim that the computer system is hosting a severe malware infection that can only be solved with Windows Basic Antivirus, and then refuse to remove this nonexistent threat until the victim purchases a 'full version' of Windows Basic Antivirus. Clearly, this scam's purpose to take advantage of novice computer users that may not be able to differentiate Windows Basic Antivirus from a real anti-virus program.

Some examples of Windows Basic Antivirus' clones include Windows Enterprise Defender, Windows Advanced Toolkit, Windows Accelerator Pro, Additional Guard, Windows Cleaning Toolkit, Windows Anti-Malware Patch, Windows AntiHazard Helper, Keep Center Keeper, Windows Efficiency Console, Activate Ultimate Protection, Windows Care Taker, Windows Guard Tools, Total Anti Malware Protection, Windows Crucial Scanner, Windows Antivirus Release, Windows Antivirus Helper, CleanUp Antivirus, Windows Functionality Checker, My Security Engine, PC Security Guardian, Windows Antivirus Rampart, Smart Internet Protection 2012, Internet Security Suite, Windows Advanced Security Center, Security Master AV, System Smart Security, Windows Active HotSpot, Antivirus Smart Protection, Strong Malware Defender, PC Live Guard, Smart Anti-Malware Protection, Windows Debug Center, Windows Advanced User Patch, Windows AntiBreach Helper, Windows Activity Debugger, Volcano Security Suite, Home Safety Essentials, Enterprise Suite, Personal Security Sentinel, Security Antivirus, Windows Guardian Angel, Windows Custom Safety, Windows Antivirus Patrol, Virus Melt, Fast Antivirus 2009, Windows Active Guard, Virus Doctor, Home Malware Cleaner, Windows Antivirus Machine, Windows Control Series, Windows AntiBreach Patrol, Windows Guard Solutions, VirusSecurity, Windows Expert Console, Internet Security Essentials, Windows Efficiency Kit, Windows Defence Unit, Windows Efficiency Master, Windows Firewall Constructor, Windows Daily Adviser, Windows Antivirus Suite, Windows Defence Master, Windows Be-on-Guard Edition, Windows Enterprise Suite, Windows Defence Counsel, Windows Antibreach Tool, Windows Antivirus Tool, Windows Antivirus Booster, Windows First-Class Protector, System Protection Tools, Windows Expert Series, Windows Defending Center, Windows Active Defender, Best Malware Protection, Personal Internet Security 2011, Smart Security, Smart Engine, Windows Custodian Utility, Windows Activity Booster, My Security Wall, Windows AntiBreach Suite, Live Enterprise Suite, Smart Internet Protection 2011, Windows Abnormality Checker, Extra Antivirus, Windows Efficiency Accelerator, Best Antivirus Software, Windows AntiHazard Center, Anti-Malware Lab, Windows Antivirus Patch, My Security Shield, Windows Antihazard Solution, Windows Antivirus Care, Windows Custom Management, Smart Virus Eliminator and Live PC Care.

Common Ways of Becoming Infected with Windows Basic Antivirus


Windows Basic Antivirus will usually be associated with a Trojan dropper like Vundo or Zlob. These kinds of Trojans tend to be found bundled along with pirated movies, distributed as fake video codecs, or included as attachments in various spam email messages. However, 2012 has seen a rise of Windows Basic Antivirus infections acquired mainly through attack websites and malicious online malware scans. Basically, criminals attempt to take advantage of known vulnerabilities in various applications, attacking their victim through advertisements claiming to provide a free malware scan. These fake online malware scans will do two things. First of all, they will try to inject a Trojan into the victim's computer while the fake scan is running. Then, after the scan has finished running they will also claim that a malware infection is present and offers to install Windows Basic Antivirus as a way of removing this nonexistent threat. Once installed, Windows Basic Antivirus makes changes to the Windows Registry that allow Windows Basic Antivirus to start up automatically and to prevent its victims from accessing functions like the Task Manager, System Restore or many security applications.

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