Windows Defence Center DescriptionType: Rogue AntiSpyware Programs
Windows Defence Center offers no defense. Although Windows Defence Center tries to look like anti-virus software, Windows Defence Center is a fake and a scam. This is one piece of software that you shouldn't trust.
Why Windows Defence Center isn't Trustworthy
The most obvious indicator that something is wrong is in Windows Defence Center's name. Windows Defence Center uses the non-American spelling "defence," but the American spelling "center". In order to make sense, Windows Defence Center should be called either "Windows Defense Center" or “Windows Defence Centre,” but mixing two different regional spellings of the words is not something that any native speaker of English would do – or at least, no real company that released software would make that error.
You will see this oddly-spelled "Windows Defence Center" name on the interface that Windows Defence Center loads when Windows starts. This fake user interface always loads before the desktop or taskbar, and there is no way to click past it without letting Windows Defence Center run one of its fake system scans. When Windows Defence Center claims that it is running a "scan," Windows Defence Center will show a little progress animation, and then give you a list of results. The list is meant to scare you; none of the things on it is actually on your computer, even if it uses the names of real viruses. Windows Defence Center will then ask you if you want to activate the Windows Defence Center software, in order to remove the threats. Agreeing to the activation will take you to a payment site, where you can use your credit card to pay a big chunk of money for this fake anti-virus software. For the scam artists behind Windows Defence Center, that is the aim, and it is the reason they bother making this fake anti-virus software with Windows Defence Center's fake websites.
It is usually possible to wait through the fake scan, close the Windows Defence Center interface, and get to the desktop. However, this is no time to get your hopes up, because Windows Defence Center does a few other things to try to lure you into paying the money Windows Defence Center demands. Like all of the other malware in its family, which Windows Defence Center is essentially identical to, Windows Defence Center will show the same three alerts on every infected computer. In particular, Windows Defence Center's alerts will say that lsass.exe caused a problem when the system started, that someone is trying to tamper with your computer's registry and that the Firefox web browser is secretly a keylogger virus. Windows Defence Center will also give you an error message whenever you try to run any other program, and will prevent the program from running.
If you think that you can solve the problem by going online and researching Windows Defence Center or downloading software to delete Windows Defence Center, think again. Windows Defence Center will redirect you to Windows Defence Center's own malicious websites, and Windows Defence Center may even prevent you from accessing the Internet at all. This is how Windows Defence Center holds your computer hostage, but paying the money that Windows Defence Center demands will not solve the problem.
How Windows Defence Center Gets into a Computer
Windows Defence Center does not infect computers directly; rather, Windows Defence Center relies on the fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Malware, which is a Trojan. The way you download the Trojan is that it is hidden in something else, like a program download on a third-party site, or a fake video codec, or a file from a file sharing service. Once the Trojan is on your computer, Windows Defence Center begins to generate alerts that make you believe they are coming from Microsoft Security Essentials. These alerts will say that Windows has detected a Trojan, and give you the opportunity to download software that is supposed to repair this issue. Not only is there no Trojan (other than the fake alerts Trojan), but if you click "OK" in the window recommending the download, what you are actually downloading is Windows Defence Center.
Windows Defence Center's Clones, History, and Variations
Windows Defence Center is just another name for a single piece of malware that has taken on dozens of different names in order to avoid detection. Windows Defence Center is the same malware as Windows Optimal Settings, Windows Troubles Analyzer ,Windows Error Correction, and countless other pieces of malware that all claim to be Windows products. In reality, Windows Defence Center and its family of malware clones are all part of a Russian scam. Make no mistake about Windows Defence Center -- it was not created by Microsoft and Windows Defence Center is not a Windows component.
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