Please read this! I return to you again to warn you of the fake antivirus programs. The imminent danger your computer is up against will cost you money and may possibly destroy or steal your data. The fake antivirus program has become commonplace on PC’s around the world, fooling everyone and their mother. These programs look real, act real and usually come bundled with infections and file-corrupting software. They also have many different names and they look very professional.
Many fake AV’s look just like some well-known antivirus programs with similar interfaces, names and features. There is not any one way to acquire this type of infection because we’ve heard many stories and they’re all different. I will provide some examples after this segment of what could happen when an attempted attack is made. These criminals (call them what they are) are very tricky and deceptive. You must be extremely careful while surfing the Internet today and you must not accept anything you see pop up at you as the truth. Once these fake antivirus programs are installed, they will become very persistant in telling you that your computer is infected in an attempt to scare you into buying the program. Do not buy it! It will not clean your computer or leave you alone! As I stated in an article last year, “It has been reported that rogue (fake) anti-virus sales are earning criminals $34 million a month!” That money figure is astounding and is sure to be on the rise.
These particular infections are becoming increasingly difficult to clean, which leaves most computer users at a loss. The techs at Esh Computer Center can guarantee a clean machine and also give you tools to assist you in the battle against these infections. I hope you heed my advice and do not get infected but, if you do, we have several techs ready and willing to get you back on your feet.
Examples of Fake Anti-Virus attack attempts:
(Please note: these attacks may occur on well-known sites that have been randomly hit by hackers)
- A fake webpage of your computer and its drives may appear, showing infections on your Local Disk (C:), your DVD drive, etc. It may also prompt you to run or save something. Hit Alt-F4 to close out of these Windows and do not go back to that webpage.
- A drop-down menu or information bar may appear, stating that your computer is infected and you need to click on the bar in order to clean your computer. Do not click on the bar. Close the browser or hit Alt-F4.
- An e-mail may arrive with a “.exe” file attached. This e-mail may be a fake greeting card, fake UPS tracking, etc. Delete the e-mail and do not open the attachment.
You may click on a link to a video from a possibly unknown source. This link may take you to a place that states the need to upgrade your flash player. Do not continue. This is also an attack. Close out and go to Adobe.com to upgrade your flash player. Then you will know for sure if your flash player is up to date.
- Some people have run into these attacks by searching page after page after page in a Google search or other search engine query. You never know what you are going to come up against when you are searching through thousands of web sites. Use search tools such as McAfee Site Advisor (SiteAdvisor.com) or F-Secure Browser Protection.
These attacks come in many shapes and sizes and the list could go on forever. I will say this again and I cannot say it enough. Be aware, think twice, and use security software! If you are getting warnings, make sure they’re coming from the security software you have installed.
We are here to help you and we do not want you to get infected. If you would like to be sure your PC is in good shape, leave it with the professionals at Esh Computer Center. We will take great care of your machine, keep your data secure and provide you with tools to assist you in the war against Malware
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