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
Fake 'Privacy Violation Alert!' Popup March 24, 2009
Fake 'Windows license locked!' Error Message March 16, 2011
Fake Critical Error Alert November 15, 2010
Fake Federal German Police (BKA) Notice Variante May 9, 2011
Fake Firefox Security Alert June 1, 2011
Fake Google Antivirus Alert March 22, 2012
Fake Google Chrome Update November 6, 2013
Fake Microsoft Antivirus Alert June 22, 2013
Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert August 24, 2010
Fake Microsoft Windows Warning November 15, 2010
Fake Tumblr 'Unlimited Posts Extension' January 8, 2014
Fatal Error! November 4, 2010
Google has detected... October 23, 2007
HalfLemon Infiltration Alert August 5, 2009
Hard Drive Failure alert July 14, 2011
Hot Deals Pop-Up 22/10 0 March 27, 2014
I-Worm.Trojan.b May 8, 2009
I-Worm.Trojan.b Fake Alert June 15, 2009
Infiltration Alert May 18, 2010
Internet Explorer alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system! April 21, 2010
Internet Protection Firewall Alert April 11, 2011
Jqs.exe July 9, 2009
Keylogger.iSnake.PRO 88/10 24 August 26, 2010
License expiration error October 11, 2010
Live Security Suite Firewall Alert September 6, 2010

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