Windows 7 Defender 2013
Windows 7 Defender 2013 is a rogue anti-malware program that belongs to an extensive family of these kinds of malware threats, the WinPC Defender family. Despite the fact that all of these programs have different names, they are essentially the same fake security program. In fact, they are also identical to versions of Windows 7 Defender 2013 released in previous years, such as Win 7 Antivirus 2013, Vista Defender 2013 and XP Internet Security 2013. As 2013 approaches, ESG security researchers have observed that versions of these well-known rogue security programs are being released with the number '2013' appended to the end of their name. Regardless of each variant's name, all clones of Windows 7 Defender 2013 should be considered malicious and removed with the help of a strong anti-malware application.
Windows 7 Defender 2013 has numerous clones, including rogue security applications such as WinPC Defender, SystemDefender, IE Defender, IE Defender, XPdefender, WinDefender2008, PC Privacy Defender, Malware Defender 2009, Smart Defender Pro, Ultimate Defender, Advanced XP Defender, Security Defender Pro 2015.
One of the defining characteristics of Windows 7 Defender 2013 and its family of malware is that these fake security programs can adapt to different operating systems. Windows 7 Defender 2013 will almost always attack computers running Windows 7 and will rarely, if ever, appear on computers with other operating systems. This is because the Trojan that installs Windows 7 Defender 2013 will first detect the victim's operating system and then will install a variant corresponding to the victim's operating system. While Windows 7 Defender 2013, Vista Defender 2013, and XP Defender 2013 are all the same fake security program, they are installed on different operating systems, in this case Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP respectively.
Almost all fake security applications carry out the same basic scam. This scam consists in scaring inexperienced computer users into thinking that their computer has become infected with a large number of viruses and Trojans. Windows 7 Defender 2013 does this by pretending to be an anti-virus program and displaying numerous fake, alarming error messages. However, trying to use Windows 7 Defender 2013 to solve these nonexistent infections merely results in additional error messages claiming that the victim will have to pay for a premium version of this useless application. Since these error messages can become a nuisance and Windows 7 Defender 2013 can cause other problems on the infected computer system,ESG security researchers strongly advise removing this rogue security program with the help of a reliable anti-malware application.