Proantivirusscanv3.com

Proantivirusscanv3.com is a browser hijacker promoting the rogue anti-spyware application known as Personal Antivirus. Due to trojans infiltrating a computer system via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are continously redirected to the Proantivirusscanv3.com domain. Here the system is subject to a fake online scan, which results in either fictitious or greatly exaggerated infection results, all used in order to trick the user into purchasing the Personal Antivirus fake spyware remover software.

Posted on May 11, 2009 in Rogue Websites

Banker.Fox.A

Banker.Fox.A is the name of a fake computer threat often used by the rogueware called Spyware Protect 2009. Banker.Fox.A is listed as a Trojan infection on a victim's computer in order to scare the victim into thinking that his/her computer is infested with malware. Following the fake malware detection the victim will be coerced into purchasing the "full" version of Spyware Protect 2009. Users should avoid purchasing security software that detects Banker.Fox.A as a security threat.

Posted on May 11, 2009 in Trojans

I-Worm.Trojan.b

I-Worm.Trojan.b is a fake infection displayed on a Windows Security Center pop-up, exploited by the rogue anti-spyware application called System Security 2009 in order to get people to purchase this malicious software. Typically, the pop-up is displayed on a webpage you are redirected to due to a hijacker modifying your browser settings, causing unwanted diverts to malicious domains. It is on such insecure websites that you may receive this misleading alert message, which reads: "Windows Security Center - Virus (I-Worm.Trojan.b) was found on your computer! Click OK to install System Security Antivirus." You are then prompted to download and install System Security 2009, which will be executed and run each and every time your computer starts up. This will lead to further fake notifications flooding your system, along with fraudulent...

Posted on May 8, 2009 in Fake Error Messages

Win32/Nuquel.E

Win32/Nuquel.E is a trojan involved in the propagation of the rogue anti-spyware application Spyware Protect 2009. Win32/Nuquel.E is often mentioned in fake pop-up warnings displayed by Spyware Protect 2009 in order to make people believe they are being attacked from the outside. It is worth mentioning that, along with Win32/Nuquel.E trojan, Spyware Protect 2009 often issues false security alerts stating you have the parasite called BankerFox.A. You need to remember that receiving pop-up messages about Win32/Nuquel.E and BankerFox.A trojans are reason enough for you to check your computer for infections using a trusted remover. The most likely malware you will detect is Spyware Protect 2009, which is probably hiding in the background.

Posted on May 7, 2009 in Trojans

Antivirus System Pro

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Antivirus System PRO is a rogue anti-spyware program. Antivirus System PRO is a clone of a previous rogue anti-spyware application called, Antivir System Pro. Antivirus System PRO is known to be automatically installed onto a system that has a Trojan infection such as Zlob. Once Antivirus System PRO is installed, it starts to perform a system scan in search for spyware and other computer parasites. The scan is conductive of persuading computer users into purchasing a licensed or full version of the Antivirus System PRO application. Antivirus System PRO, in trial form and in a full purchase version, is not able to remove spyware parasites from the computer that it is installed onto....

Posted on May 7, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Winpc-antivirus2009.com

Winpc-antivirus2009.com is a browser hijacker promoting the rogue anti-spyware application known as WinPC Antivirus. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are continuously interrupted and redirected to the Winpc-antivirus2009.com domain. Here you are subject to impressive web page layout, an aggressive advertising scheme and a fake online scanner that reports fraudulent or exaggerated infection results. These are all used to intimidate you into purchasing the fake spyware remover WinPC Antivirus.

Posted on May 6, 2009 in Rogue Websites

How to Safely Install Programs

When surfing the Internet, you are constantly downloading files, whether in the form of emails or web pages. These are typically scanned by your anti-virus program and email provider to discover any malicious programs hiding amongst them. However, it is also likely you are downloading other items, such as music or video files, updates to your software and even entire programs like game demos and freeware applications. These bigger files aren't automatically scanned by your anti-virus software like web pages and emails are, and thus may pose a threat to your computer. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself against the risks inherent in installing software on your computer. Do not install unknown software. Before downloading any program, make certain you know what it does and how it will affect your computer. Use spyware...

Posted on May 5, 2009 in Tutorials

Viruses and other Threats: How to Deal with Them

A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without the permission or knowledge of the owner. The term "virus" is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, adware, and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability. A true virus can only spread from one computer to another (in some form of executable code) when its host is taken to the target computer; for instance because a user sent it over a network or the Internet, or carried it on a removable medium such as a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB drive. Viruses can increase their chances of spreading to other computers by infecting files on a network file system or a file system that is accessed by another computer. The term "computer virus" is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase to include all types of...

Posted on May 5, 2009 in Computer Security

Quickscanpcv1.com

Quickscanpcv1.com is a browser hijacker promoting the rogue anti-spyware application known as Personal Antivirus. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the system via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activies are redirected to the Quickscanpcv1.com domain. Here your computer is subject to a fake online scan that reports fictitious and grossly exaggerated infection results, in order to scare you into purchasing the fake spyware remover Personal Antivirus.

Posted on May 4, 2009 in Rogue Websites

Savemypcnowv1.com

Savemypcnowv1.com is a browser hijacker promoting the rogue anti-spyware application Personal Antivirus. Due to trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying browser settings, web-surfing activities become interrupted and redirected to the Savemypcnowv1.com domain. Here the computer is made subject to a fake online scan that reports fictitious or grossly exaggerated infection results in order to intimidate the user into purchasing the fake spyware remover Personal Antivirus.

Posted on May 3, 2009 in Rogue Websites

MultiDropper-SK

MultiDropper-SK is a trojan downloader designed to download and install multiple types of additional malware on a victims computer. MultiDropper-SK will use an icon similar to Java SDK installer with filename avg.exe to deceive computer users about its identity.

Posted on May 1, 2009 in Rogue Websites

Essential Safety Tips to Remember When Surfing Online

There are many dangers to look out for when surfing the web. Identity theft, harassment and hazardous computer parasites are all just a few examples of what you might have to face during your casual web-surfing activities, so here are a few simple tips to remember when surfing online. Choose a long and memorable password Your password is one of the most important lines of defence when working online. You need to protect it well, and make certain nobody else knows what it is. Try to create a password that uses a mix of numbers, letters and symbols, something that is easy for you to remember but near to impossible for someone else to guess. Do not give out information simply because it is requested Countless websites ask you to give them your full name, date of birth, address, phone number and email address, when all you may want to do...

Posted on April 30, 2009 in Computer Security

'New email address added to your account!' Phishing Email

'New email address added to your account!' is a classic phishing email scam. The scam email asks you to confirm/update/verify your PayPal account. This is accomplished by visiting the link in the 'New email address added to your account!' email. The text of the email reads: "You have added bivolaru@pacbell.net as a new email address for your PayPal account. If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with your account, please contact PayPal customer service at: https://XXX.paypal.com/us/f=ap_email Thank you for using PayPal! The PayPal Team Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and choose the 'Help' link in the header of any page." Do not click on any links in an email. Be very wary of suspicious emails. If you have already...

Posted on April 29, 2009 in Phishing

CoreGuard Antivirus 2009

Core Guard Antivirus 2009 (also known as CoreGuard or CoreGuard Antivirus 2009) is a rogue anti-virus program that belongs to the family. Typically, Core Guard Antivirus 2009 may either penetrate the host computer through security exploits, or it is known to be downloadable on its website, which you may be diverted to due to browser hijacking. However, this fake anti-virus becomes installed on your machine, Core Guard Antivirus 2009 will begin to issue false system scans that detect various fictitious parasite threats, all in order to frighten you into purchasing the licensed version of Core Guard Antivirus 2009. It is important to note, however, that this version will be just as harmful to your system as the first one was. There are various clones of CoreGuard Antivirus 2009. Its various clones include

Posted on April 28, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Trojan.win32.agent.azsy

According to ESG security researchers, the Russian Federation and Ukraine are hotspots for malware activity, being a common point of origin for various malware threats as well as hosting some of the world's largest botnets. Trojan.win32.agent.azsy, first detected in late 2008 and having its highest number of reported attacks in 2009, is thought to have been designed by online scammers in the Russian Federation. Trojan.win32.agent.azsy has a particular characteristic that ESG malware analysts have observed in other similar malware threats: the fact that Trojan.win32.agent.azsy will not work on Windows operating systems in Russian. ESG security analysts speculate that this may also help these hackers stay under the radar since this characteristic means that Russian authorities will not consider Trojan.win32.agent.azsy as a local threat,...

Posted on April 27, 2009 in Trojans