Fake Error Messages

Fake warning messages (sometimes referred to as fake error messages or fake security alerts), are deceptive notifications that usually appear in the form of pop-ups and/or a web page. These fake error messages are known to be associated with fraudulent security software such as rogue anti-spyware and rogue anti-virus applications.

Fake warning messages often pose as legitimate Windows alerts, stating that your computer is infected with malware, in order to intimidate you into performing a hasty download of a rogue anti-spyware program. Even attempting to close these fake warning messages may result in numerous others taking its place, or end up redirecting you to a rogue website, where a fake anti-spyware application may be automatically downloaded.

Fake error messages are used by many malware creators in an attempt to trick you into downloading potentially harmful programs.

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There are currently 280 articles listed on fake error messages.

Name Date
'Newnext.me nengine.dll' Pop-Up Error Message April 16, 2014
'[filename].exe contained a virus and was deleted.' Fake Message May 28, 2013
'888-391-6168' Scam Message January 30, 2015
'9 Spyware Found' Pop-up June 7, 2009
'A Player is Available and It's Recommended to View Content' Pop-Up Alert February 21, 2014
'An Install Of Viddyhd Is Recommended' Pop-Up February 28, 2014
'ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF POLICE OFFICERS' Fake Pop-up Message December 12, 2011
'Attention - Considerable System productivity decline is observed' Fake Message December 10, 2010
'Attention – Your Software May Be Out of Date!' Pop-Up March 4, 2014
'Attention! Spyware Alert - Vulnerabilities found' Fake Message July 30, 2010
'Attention! Threats found' May 4, 2011
'Attention! Your PC is blocked due to one of the reasons' Virus April 2, 2013
'Attention! Your PC is Infected' Fake Pop-up Message December 8, 2011
'Browser Update Available' Fake Alert September 23, 2013
'Call for Great Tech Support' Pop-Up Alert February 18, 2014
'CNN.com Daily Top 10' Alert August 6, 2008
'Computer Health Alert' Pop-Up December 1, 2014
'Critical Error. Drive sector not found error' Fake Alert November 16, 2012
'Critical Hard Disk Drive Error' Message April 11, 2011
'Data Error Reading Drive C:\' Fake Pop-Up Alert November 28, 2012
'Device initialization failed' Fake Alert October 31, 2012
'Die offizielle Mitteilung des Bundeskriminalamtes' Fake Message May 25, 2011
'Disk Drive C is being deleted' Fake Message April 27, 2013
'Download Plugin for Windows' Pop-Up Message February 17, 2014
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