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 Threat Level Detection Count Date
'explorer.exe - Corrupt Disk' Fake Alert February 26, 2013
'Failed to write all the components' Fake Alert September 20, 2011
'File system on local disk C contains critical errors' Fake Message March 1, 2013
'Files indexation process failed' Fake Message October 31, 2011
'Firefox need to update immediately' Fake Alert February 4, 2013
'Firewall Warning' Fake Popup September 19, 2006
'Fixing and Removing Registry Errors' Pop-Up April 1, 2014
'Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content' Virus 88/10 0 May 31, 2013
'Flash Player Update' Pop-Up January 9, 2014
'Flash Player Upgrade Required' Fake Message September 17, 2009
'Flash Video Downloader is Required to Download Online Video' Pop-Up February 28, 2014
'Infected files have corrupted your Flash Player' Pop-Up Alert January 30, 2014
'Infected with SVCHOST.Stealth.Keylogger' Fake Alert July 11, 2013
'Install This Software in a Flash' Pop-Up March 10, 2014
'Install Video Downloader In Order to Watch Videos' Pop-Up Alert February 21, 2014
'Internet Explorer Emergency Mode' May 4, 2011
'Java Required' Pop-Up March 21, 2014
'Java Software Critical Update' Pop-up Alert January 14, 2014
'La policía ESPAÑOLA' Fake Alert September 5, 2011
'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed! June 22, 2011
'Microsoft Windows a détecté des activités suspectes sur cet ordinateur' Technical Support Scam January 2, 2018
'Mystery Shopper Market Research' Scam June 22, 2012
'Name Not Available' Virus March 18, 2014
'No Java Detected' Pop-Up Alert January 27, 2014
'Notice! Please update your FLV Player' Fake Pop-up Alert October 14, 2013

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