Windows Attacks Preventor Description
Do not trust Windows Attacks Preventor; this fake security program has no way of preventing attacks against your computer system. In fact, Windows Attacks Preventor is one of the components of a dangerous Trojan attack that invades your computer in an attempt to convince you to purchase useless bogus security programs like Windows Attacks Preventor itself. According to ESG security analysts, Windows Attacks Preventor is part of a large family of malware called WinWeb Security that was noted since at least 2009. A large batch of clones of this fake security program (which includes such gems as Virus Doctor and Windows Attacks Defender) has been released in January and February of 2012, reminding PC security analysts that the criminals behind these fake security programs are still at large and producing malicious software in order to scam their victims.
Windows Attacks Preventor and its clones all carry out the same basic scam which is associated with a kind of malware infection commonly known as a rogue security program. These fake security applications enter the victim's computer without authorization and pass themselves off as legitimate anti-virus or anti-spyware scanners. Then, they display a fake infection report that claims that the victim's computer is hopelessly infected with malware. Inexperienced computer users, who panic at the prospect of losing their data and expensive investment, will often fall for the Windows Attacks Preventor and convince themselves to purchase a useless version of this fake security program in order to remove the nonexistent threats from their computer.
Windows Attacks Preventor Often Spreads Using Fake Online Malware Scans
An online version of the same scam serves to distribute Windows Attacks Preventor, installing Windows Attacks Preventor onto the victim's computer, often with the victim's own cooperation. Basically, criminals use advertisements promising a fake malware scan that evaluates the health of a computer system. Inexperienced computer users may click on this advertisement, unable to resist the promise of a free diagnostic. However, the results of this fake scan are always alarming, and proceed to urge the victim to download and install Windows Attacks Preventor, a 'free anti-malware solution to fix these problems. It is not until the victim has installed Windows Attacks Preventor that Windows Attacks Preventor claims that the problems can only be fixed by purchasing a 'full version of Windows Attacks Preventor. Do not fall for this scam. Your anti-virus services should always be provided by competent, reputable anti-malware programs; never by advertisements for 'free malware scans on the Internet.
Other fake security programs that belong to tje WinWebSec family and are clones of Windows Attacks Preventor include System Security, Total Security, Antivirus Security, Total Security 2009, Security Tool, Trojan.RogueAV.a.gen, System Adware Scanner 2010, FakeAlert-KW.e, Advanced Security Tool 2010, System Tool 2011, Security Shield, MS Removal Tool, Antivirus Center, Antivirus Center, Essential Cleaner, Security Shield Pro 2011, Personal Shield Pro, Security Shield 2011, Advanced PC Shield 2012, Security Sphere 2012.
Screenshots & Other Imagery
Windows Attacks Preventor Video
File System Details
|4||%Desktop%\Windows Attacks Preventor.lnk|
|5||%CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Windows Attacks Preventor.lnk|
More Details on Windows Attacks Preventor
Software without a digital signature detected.
Your system files are at risk. We strongly advise you to activate your protection.
Keylogger activity detected. System information security is at risk.
It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan.
|Warning! Virus Detected|
Threat detected: FTP Server
Infected file: C:WindowsSystem32dllcachewmpshell.dll
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.