E-Set Antivirus 2011 DescriptionType: Rogue Anti-Virus Program
If you have something calling itself E-Set Antivirus 2011 holding your computer hostage and warning you of dire security threats, don't panic. E-Set Antivirus 2011 is fake security software, and E-Set Antivirus 2011 is part of a scam that tries to scare people into paying money for a program that can't actually provide any security.
What E-Set Antivirus 2011 is, and Where the Infection Comes From
One important thing that needs to be pointed out right away is that E-Set Antivirus 2011 is not at all associated with the legitimate software company ESET. ESET produces a security program called ESET Nod32 Antivirus 4, which is a real, functional anti-malware application. The people behind E-Set Antivirus 2011 apparently hope to fool people into thinking that their malware is the real deal by using the name of a real company. Interestingly, E-Set Antivirus 2011 seems to try to mimic some aspects of the appearance of AVG's anti-virus software, including the AVG logo. This makes sense if you consider that E-Set Antivirus 2011 is essentially a clone of the rogue security application AVG Antivirus 2011 – which is not an AVG product.
E-Set Antivirus 2011 is reportedly heavily promoted by fake online scan advertisements and sites, which will claim to do a scan of your computer, and then claim to find some serious threats that can only be removed by E-Set Antivirus 2011. However, these phony online scans don't actually scan your computer; they just run a little animation, and then tell you the same thing they tell literally everyone else. If you fall for it and download E-Set Antivirus 2011, you are downloading malicious software in order to remove a bunch of threats that don't actually exist. Alternatively, E-Set Antivirus 2011 may use a Trojan to force its entry, and that Trojan tends to be hidden in fake video codec downloads and flash updates. In that case, the Trojan downloads without your knowledge, and it sets up E-Set Antivirus 2011, which then begins its campaign of scare tactics the next time you start Windows.
Symptoms of an Infection with E-Set Antivirus 2011
The most common symptoms of an infection with E-Set Antivirus 2011 are fake scans and fake security alerts. Because E-Set Antivirus 2011 will alter the registry so that E-Set Antivirus 2011 runs every time Windows starts, you will see the bogus user interface for E-Set Antivirus 2011 every time you start Windows in its normal mode. The interface exists for the sole purpose of pretending to run scans of your computer, so that E-Set Antivirus 2011 can report that E-Set Antivirus 2011 has found numerous infections, which E-Set Antivirus 2011 can only remove if you pay for its licensed or full version. Don't be frightened by the lists of threats that E-Set Antivirus 2011 turns up, because none of them is actually present. Also, some of the files that E-Set Antivirus 2011 labels as malicious or infected may be important Windows system files, which are not only harmless, but crucial for the basic functioning of your computer.
Once the scanner interface has cleared, E-Set Antivirus 2011 will generate an almost constant stream of pop-up security alerts. These alerts will claim that your computer is under attack, that some virus or other threats have been found on your computer, or that your security is otherwise in jeopardy. Some of the alerts use the names of real viruses in order to be more convincing, but that doesn't make the alerts any more accurate or real, since E-Set Antivirus 2011 can't actually detect computer viruses. Just like the phony system scans, these security alerts are there to convince you that you have no choice but to go online and pay for a license for E-Set Antivirus 2011. If you do decide to pony up the dough, be warned that you are giving your credit card number to criminals and that you will not get anything in return for your payment.
In order to protect itself and prevent you from removing it, E-Set Antivirus 2011 will disable certain applications and functions, including any real anti-virus software you have, as well as Task Manager and command prompt. Furthermore, E-Set Antivirus 2011 will take over your web browser, preventing certain websites from loading and filling the browser window with completely bogus security warnings about blocked malicious sites. E-Set Antivirus 2011 will try to feed you a whole line of garbage about Internet Explorer “Emergency Mode” as an explanation of why so many websites are unavailable. In reality, E-Set Antivirus 2011 is just trying to make sure that you don't research E-Set Antivirus 2011 as malware and that you don't access any resources that would allow you to remove E-Set Antivirus 2011.
Origins of the E-Set Antivirus 2011 Scam
E-Set Antivirus 2011 has been traced back to Russia. Some of the known malicious websites that distributed E-Set Antivirus 2011 are defunct already, including gogl20.com, new-win-driver.com, supersoftstore.com, and zsecuritymall.com. E-Set Antivirus 2011 tends to be promoted through websites that are hosted in Lithuania. In order to protect yourself from E-Set Antivirus 2011, it is important to be very careful about clicking on advertisements or allowing online scans of your computer, if you are not absolutely sure of the trustworthiness of the source.
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