Vista Security Cleaner Pro DescriptionType: Possibly Unwanted Program
Vista Security Cleaner Pro is part of a family of bogus anti-virus programs called FakeRean that typically attack a particular operating system. Vista Security Cleaner Pro is the variant in this family that targets computers with Windows Vista. There are variants corresponding to other Windows versions (for example, a computer running Windows 7 will be infected by Win 7 Security Cleaner Pro instead). It is evident that these are all essentially the same rogue security application with minor cosmetic changes. Vista Security Cleaner Pro is typically distributed using malicious email messages containing disguised file attachments that actually install a backdoor on the victim's computer. Using this backdoor, criminals can then install Vista Security Cleaner Pro or a variety of other malware used to monetize these kinds of malware attacks. Other common ways of distributing Vista Security Cleaner Pro and its variants include:
- Instant message spam links.
- Attack websites containing exploit kits.
- Malicious advertisements for fake security software and scans.
How Vista Security Cleaner Pro is Used to Steal Your Money
Vista Security Cleaner Pro is designed to lure computer users making them believe that their machine is infested with viruses and Trojans. Vista Security Cleaner Pro is disguised as a legitimate security program, but Vista Security Cleaner Pro has no way of removing or detecting viruses and Trojans. Instead, Vista Security Cleaner Pro will merely display error messages and fake security scans designed to alarm inexperienced computer users. Trying to use Vista Security Cleaner Pro to fix these supposed problems will never work. Vista Security Cleaner Pro will claim to fix part of the problem but will always indicate that it is impossible to remove this supposed infection unless the computer user 'upgrades' Vista Security Cleaner Pro to an expensive 'full version.' Since Vista Security Cleaner Pro is actually part of a malware attack, ESG security researchers strongly advise against paying for its 'full version.' Instead, Vista Security Cleaner Pro should be removed immediately with a real anti-virus program.
Preventing a Vista Security Cleaner Pro Infection
To prevent a Vista Security Cleaner Pro infection, ESG security researchers strongly advise computer users to follow online safety guidelines. Never download unknown files or click on unknown links. As you can see, it is a safety measure to avoid malicious online content (for example torrent networks) and use a reliable, fully updated anti-malware program to protect your computer. There are many clones of Vista Security Cleaner Pro. Among these clones 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.
This article is provided "as is" and to be used for educational information purposes only. By following any instructions on this article, you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. We make no guarantees that this article will help you completely remove the malware threats on your computer. Spyware changes regularly; therefore, it is difficult to fully clean an infected machine through manual means.