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
"Enter Windows registration key to unblock" Tech Support Scam May 10, 2019
"HalfLemon Pop-up Alert" September 25, 2009
"Harmful software detected" Pop-up June 23, 2009
"Home Antivirus 33 Unwanted Files" pop-up July 22, 2009
"INFILTRATION ALERT" Win32/Nuqel.E April 2, 2010
"Internet attack attempt detected" July 28, 2009
"McAfee Has Blocked Your Windows" Support Scam April 5, 2019
"Presto Tuneup System Alert" May 26, 2009
"Protection System Security" Alert June 17, 2009
"Remote Attack Alert" July 27, 2009
"Spyware Activity Alert" Popup June 30, 2009
"svchost.exe has encountered a problem" July 28, 2009
"System is vulnerable to attacks" August 31, 2009
"System Security Firewall" Alert June 15, 2009
"Testversion" popup June 3, 2009
"This is a VIRUS. Your computer is blocked" Tech Support Scam May 10, 2019
"Tip of the Day" Popup March 8, 2009
"Virus Support Alert" Scam May 10, 2019
"Warning! Running trial version!" Popup August 3, 2009
"WinPC Antivirus Firewall Warning" May 27, 2009
"Your system is infected!" popup July 27, 2009
$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner Fake Pop-Up January 24, 2012
Ad.adserverplus.com Pop-Up May 7, 2013
Advanced Virus Remover System Warning June 3, 2009
Adware.Component.Toolbars 22/10 81 July 9, 2009

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