Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Free Microsoft Security Tool Kills Microsoft Security Essentials Alert


15 Nov 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Free Microsoft Security Tool Kills Microsoft Security Essentials Alert

Quote:

Microsoft is fighting Microsoft Security Essentials Alert on multiple fronts, and has even started distributing automatically to Windows users a free security tool designed to tackle the threat.

Since August 2010, the Redmond company has warned customers of the danger posed by Microsoft Security Essentials Alert, a rogue antivirus which masquerades itself as Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0.

Now, the software giant has released an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, a free security solution set up to kill a specific list of malware, including Win32/FakePAV, which is being spread as Microsoft Security Essentials Alert.

It is important to underline that Microsoft Security Essentials Alert has nothing to do with the genuine Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 from the Redmond company.

Microsoft Security Essentials Alert only copies MSE in order to appear as a legitimate security solution to end users. In fact, it’s anything but.

Microsoft Security Essentials Alert has stolen not only the MSE brand, but also elements of the graphical user interface in order to create a feeling of authenticity.

However, Microsoft Security Essentials Alert is nothing more than a rogue AV, a fake antivirus, also known as scareware because it scares victims into thinking their machines are infected to convince them to pay for a license to remove inexistent threats.

“When FakePAV sees an attempt to run certain programs, it displays a fake Security Essentials alert dialog,” revealed Hamish O'Dea, from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center.
Free Microsoft Security Tool Kills Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Rogue - Softpedia

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

15 Nov 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Thanks for the heads up on that one. So these clowns stay up nights just to come up with ideas and virus' like this?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Nov 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Bleeping Computer also has some pretty good info about what the fake alerts look like as well as recommending Malwarebytes for removal:

Remove the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Trojan and AntiSpySafeguard
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


16 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Thanks for the heads up on that one. So these clowns stay up nights just to come up with ideas and virus' like this?
Yup. In fact, they've already moved on to 2011: Remove Security Essentials 2011.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Just one of the reasons that its great that you are one of the Good Guys, Corrine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Free Microsoft Security Tool Kills Microsoft Security Essentials Alert




Thread Tools




Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:03 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33