USAntispy

USAntispy is a rogue anti-spyware application that utilizes fraudulent scare tactics in order to intimidate users into purchasing the malicious software. USAntispy displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, along with false security scan results and fake security alerts, in order to trick users into purchasing and downloading this fake spyware remover.

Posted on July 1, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Tougher Privacy on Social Networks Proposed by the EU

In the European Union, social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, will need to do more to protect their users' privacy, as a panel of European regulators decided when they laid out operating guidelines for social networks. The new online privacy laws, although strict and fairly unclear to some, would ensure relative security for social networking in the European Union. These laws are not entirely new, in fact, they come from the European Union Directive on Data Protection of 1995, says along with other regulations, that the collection and sharing of personal information on users without their permission is prohibited. However, some stipulations apply which is according to some data-privacy lawyers. Basically, the regulations are not exactly clear to everyone and it may take such a lawyer to decipher it for some people. Even so,...

Posted on July 1, 2009 in Computer Security

JS/Downloader.Agent

JS/Downloader.Agent is a detection for JavaScript files that may lead to the download and installation of additional malicious software onto the compromised computer. Affecting Windows, JS/Downloader.Agent typically invades a system due to affiliated trojans, modifying the browser settings to cause web-surfing activities to be diverted to a malicious domain.

Posted on July 1, 2009 in Viruses

WinPC Antivirus

WinPC Antivirus screenshot

Through the use of dangerous malware that displays fake security alerts and pop-ups on your computer, WinPC Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware application from the same family as WinPC Defender. The fraudulent alerts sent to you via this malware states that your computer is infected and suggests downloading and installing WinPC Antivirus in order to clean and protect your system. Once downloaded and installed, WinPC Antivirus will be configured to start automatically, scanning your computer and displaying a variety of infections on your PC. These infected files are nothing more than a hoax used to intimidate you into purchasing the "full version" of WinPC Antivirus, which will do...

Posted on June 30, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Winonlinescanner.com

Winonlinescanner.com is a browser hijacker promoting the rogue anti-spyware application known as Personal Antivirus. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are redirected to the Winonlinescanner.com domain. Once here, the computer is subject to a fake online scan that displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, all in order to intimidate the user into purchasing and downloading the fake spyware remover Personal Antivirus.

Posted on June 30, 2009 in Rogue Websites

Folderantispywarescanner.com

Folderantispywarescanner.com is a browser hijacker promoting the rogue anti-spyware application known as Personal Antivirus. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are redirected to the Folderantispywarescanner.com domain. Once here, the computer is subject to a fake online scan that displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, all in order to intimidate the user into purchasing and downloading the fake spyware remover Personal Antivirus.

Posted on June 30, 2009 in Rogue Websites

"Spyware Activity Alert" Popup

"Spyware Activity Alert" popup is a fake warning message created by the rogue anti-spyware application known as AntivirusBEST, in an effort to intimidate users into purchasing the fake spyware remover. The "Spyware Activity Alert" popup reads as follows: "Spyware activity alert! Spyware.IMonster activity detected! It is spyware that attempts to steal passwords from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook and other programs, including logins and passwords from online banking sessions, eBay, PayPal." The "Spyware Activity Alert" popup is nothing more than a fake security notification used to deceive the user into believing their computer is infected, and prompting them to purchase and install the rogue anti-spyware program AntivirusBEST.

Posted on June 30, 2009 in Fake Error Messages

PC Confidential

PC Confidential is a fake anti-virus program. PC Confidential is able to mislead computer users into thinking that their system is infected with several viruses. In addition, PC Confidential may popup up several false messages and automatically scan the system returning false positives in hopes that the user will purchase a full version of PC Confidential. If clicked upon, the popup messages may redirect computer users to a website that distributes and sells the full PC Confidential application. PC Confidential is not effectively able to detect or remove viruses or other types of malware infections.

Posted on June 30, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Virus Program

Virut

Virut is a virus that infects any executable files and screensavers that the user is capableof accessing. Virut may also initiate backdoor programs that allow an outside party to gain unauthorized remote access to the compromised computer, allowing them access to personal and financial information, which may lead to identity theft. This may also allow attackers to upload and run capricious files or malicious software.

Posted on June 30, 2009 in Spyware

Active Antivir

Active Antivir is a rogue anti-spyware application (also known as ActiveAntivir or Active Antivirus) and has been known to promote itself through trojans or browser hijacking techniques. Affiliated trojans typically penetrate security via exploits in the software, allowing Active Antivir to be installed onto a system without user knowledge or permission. Once active, Active Antivir displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection reports and pop-up advertisements, stating that the computer is infected. The user is then prompted to purchase and download the fake spyware remover Active Antivir to combat these threats. Do not be fooled. Remove Active Antivir as soon as possible.

Posted on June 29, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

AntivirusBEST

AntivirusBEST screenshot

AntivirusBEST (also known as Antivirus BEST or Antivirus-BEST) is a rogue anti-spyware program that cames from the family. Typically, AntivirusBEST may either penetrate the host computer through security exploits, or it is known to be downloadable on its website (Antivirus-Best.com), which you may be diverted to due to browser hijacking. The distributers of AntivirusBEST use a BHO that infects a user's computer to display fake warning messages which can be easily confused as warning messages delivered by the Windows system. The following bogus warning messages are issued to lead you to buy the AntivirusBEST program: "Internet Explorer has found an unregistered version of AntivirusBEST. To...

Posted on June 29, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Restricteddomainhelp.com

Restricteddomainhelp.com is a browser hijacker promoting the rogue anti-spyware application known as Personal Antivirus. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are redirected to the Restricteddomainhelp.com domain. Once here, the computer is subject to a fake online scan that displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, all in order to intimidate the user into purchasing and installing the fake spyware remover Personal Antivirus.

Posted on June 29, 2009 in Rogue Websites

Invitation Card.zip

Invitation Card.zip is a counterfeit email that arrives on a system with a worm attached to it. Invitation Card.zip masquerades as an invite to the social networking site Twitter.com. The Invitation Card.zip reads as follows: "From: invitations@twitter.com Subject: Your friend invited you to twitter!" Once this email attachment is opening, the worm will be launched and begin copying itself to every removable drive and shared folder on the computer, in order to spread to other machines. This worm may also download a Trojan onto the compromised computer, typically a Trojan Vundo.

Posted on June 29, 2009 in Worms

Secret Service

Secret Service screenshot

Secret Service is a rogue anti-spyware application emanating from the same developers of another rogue spyware remover called Crusader Antivirus. Secret Service is typically promoted through browser hijacking techniques or through affiliated trojans infiltrating the system via security exploits, all without informed consent from the user. Once active, Secret Service displays fictitious and often grossly exaggerated infection results, along with pop-up advertisements prompting the user to purchase and download the fake spyware remover Secret Service in order to combat these imaginary threats.

Posted on June 29, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Fastfolderscanner.com

Fastfolderscanner.com is a browser hijacker promoting the rogue anti-spyware application known as Personal Antivirus. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are redirected to the Fastfolderscanner.com domain. Once here, the computer is subject to a fake online scan that displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, all in order to intimidate the user into purchasing and installing the fake spyware remover Personal Antivirus.

Posted on June 29, 2009 in Rogue Websites