Vista Security 2013

Vista Security 2013 Description

Type: Possibly Unwanted Program

Vista Security 2013 is part of an extensive malware family called FakeRean that is composed of rogue security software. ESG PC security researchers have observed that new variants in these kinds of malware infections have been released since late September and early October of 2012. These newest variants of rogue security software claim to be '2013' versions of these bogus anti-virus programs and are being released in anticipation of the coming New Year. These fake security programs are used to carry out a well known computer scam utilized to capitalize on inexperienced computer users. While fake security programs are among the most common kinds of online scams, Vista Security 2013 and its variants have a unique quality that makes them more effective at fooling their victims.

Vista Security 2013 and Its Variants Adapt to the Operating System on the Victim's Computer

Vista Security 2013 in particular will rarely be found on a computer that is not running the Windows Vista operating system. This is because Vista Security 2013 is installed by a Trojan infection that can detect the victim's operating system and adapt its attack accordingly. If the victim's computer were running Windows 7 or Windows XP, rather than installing Vista Security 2013, this Trojan would install versions for these two operating systems (i.e. XP Security 2013 and Win 7 Security 2013). Regardless of each program's names, these are all the same application with a different name and slight differences in each program's interface to match the targeted operating system.

Even though Vista Security 2013 is disguised as a legitimate security program, Vista Security 2013 provides no security for a computer; Vista Security 2013 simply does not have components that allow Vista Security 2013 to detect or remove virus or Trojan infections on a computer. What Vista Security 2013 is designed to do is force the victim's computer to display irritating error messages indicating the presence of nonexistent malware threats. This is done to convince low-tech computer users that they need to purchase a premium version of Vista Security 2013, which is usually quite expensive and also involves allowing the criminals responsible for Vista Security 2013 to gain access to your credit card information. Rather than paying to 'upgrade' Vista Security 2013, ESG security researchers advise computer users to delete this fake security application with a reliable anti-malware program instead.

Vista Security 2013 has numerous clones. Among them are Windows Antivirus 2008, Vista Antivirus 2008, Antivirus Pro 2009, AntiSpy Safeguard, ThinkPoint, Spyware Protection 2010, Internet Antivirus 2011, Palladium Pro, XP Anti-Virus 2011, CleanThis, PC Clean Pro, XP Home Security 2012, Windows Clear Problems, XP Security 2012, Antivirus PRO 2015.

Technical Information

File System Details

Vista Security 2013 creates the following file(s):
# File Name Detection Count
1 %CommonApplData%\[RANDOM] N/A
2 %LocalAppData%\[RANDOM] N/A
3 Temp%\[RANDOM] N/A
4 %UserProfile%\Templates\[RANDOM] N/A

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