Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus
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|Threat Level:||100 % (High)|
|First Seen:||May 11, 2010|
|Last Seen:||August 17, 2022|
Do not be misled by its name, the Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus has absolutely no relation with Microsoft or their flagship security product, Microsoft Security Essentials. In fact, criminals have been producing malware that takes advantage of the real Microsoft Security Essentials in order to carry out common online scams. For examples, the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Trojan is a common malware infection used to convince computer users to install rogue security software. In this case, we are referring to a ransomware infection which claims to be an alert from Microsoft Security Essentials and blocks access to your computer until you pay a fine. If you cannot access your computer because it is blocked by a message supposedly displayed by Microsoft Security Essentials, it is a clear indication that your machine has become infected with the Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus.
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The Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus Scam
Like most ransomware infections, the Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus will block access to the victim's files, desktop, Windows services and applications, essentially holding the victim's computer hostage. The Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus will refuse to return control of the infected computer unless a fine is paid. Like most ransomware threats, the Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus' preferred methods of payment are money transfer services like Ukash or PaySafeCard. However, the Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus goes through the motions of displaying and then whiting out options like 'Money Order' and 'Credit Card Payment', claiming that these are blocked because of 'security reasons.' Basically, the Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus claims that the infected computer visited websites containing illegal content, such as pirated software and child pornography, and that the victim must now pay for a 'patch' for their copy of Microsoft Security Essentials in order to regain control of their computer. Of course, this is all a lie designed to steal your money.
Most legitimate security programs, including Microsoft Security Essentials itself, can remove the Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Virus from an infected computer. However, the main difficulty when dealing with this threat is actually gaining access to any security programs installed on the infected computer. ESG malware analysts advise using an alternative boot method to gain access to Windows and bypass this malicious fake alert.
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