Win 8 Antispyware 2013 DescriptionType: Adware
Malware analysts have reported attacks that are using a rogue security program that targets computers with the Windows 8 operating system, even though this operating system still has a very small market presence. Win 8 Antispyware 2013 is one of the many fake security programs that belong to the extensive FakeRean or Braviax family of threats. These bogus security applications are known for using attacks that target specific operating systems, which are usually indicated in each fake security application's name. Win 8 Antispyware 2013 is basically the same fake anti-malware program as other threats in this family which was released in previous years. The Fall months of 2012 have brought with them new rogue security programs that are basically renamed versions of older variants in these families of threats (criminals will simply change the year at the end of each fake security program's name from 2012 to 2013).
Win 8 Antispyware 2013 will Usually Attack PCs that Have Windows 8 Installed
Threats in this family are known for using names that include the victim's operating system. Up until this year, these fake security applications would use the strings 'Win 7', 'XP' or 'Vista' to attack computers running the corresponding operating system (so in the case of Win 8 Antispyware 2013, its variants would be named Win 7 Antispyware 2013, XP Antispyware 2013, and Vista Antispyware 2013 respectively). The appearance of variants like Win 8 Antispyware 2013 have caused security researchers to expect more rogue security applications targeting computers with the Windows 8 operating system, which is relatively rare today.
How Win 8 Antispyware 2013 Attempts to Sell Its Useless Program
Most rogue security applications use the same basic approach to steal your money. Win 8 Antispyware 2013 and its variants will try to prove that your machine is dangerously infected with several threats. However, Win 8 Antispyware 2013 cannot be used to remove these nonexistent threats, mainly because Win 8 Antispyware 2013 is not capable of detecting or removing any kind of threat from a computer. This fake security program will use fake error messages to convince the victim that it is necessary to 'upgrade' to an expensive and equally fake version of Win 8 Antispyware 2013. Apart from the fake error messages, Win 8 Antispyware 2013 may also be the cause of an erratic computer's behavior, causing frequent crashes and hiding the victim's files from view.
Among the numerous members of the FakeRean family of fraudulent security porgrams 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.
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