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Windows 7: Fake Spyware Blockers Are the New Internet Threat.


17 Jan 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Fake Spyware Blockers Are the New Internet Threat.

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Many computer hackers setup fake companies on the internet to produce and market fake spyware blockers. These fake companies may offer the spyware blocker program for free or some even boldly charge the user, as “Malware Defense” has been identified to do. These programs are still fakes and may even install spyware programs of their own, specifically to spy on the computer user’s activities. It’s recommended that when users are in the market for spyware blockers they install or purchase the spyware blocker program from a reputable source.

SpywareBlockers.us.com has found that two fake spyware blockers are currently circulating on the internet, Malware Defense and Rapidantivirus. Both of these pieces of software are loaded on the user’s computer through holes that can be easily exploited. Once loaded they will falsely scan and falsely report that the computer is infected. Malware Defense, as previously mentioned, goes so far as to charge the user for a “full version”. Both programs are likely to contain more hidden spyware buried deep inside their executables but further research will have to be ongoing.
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Fake Spyware Blockers Are the New Internet Threat In 2010

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17 Jan 2010   #2
7mm

Windows 7 Pro. 64 Bit + Back|Track 5 (Both Updated)
 
 

Also, the old ghost of 2000 series of Anti Virus / Spyware is still operational & very easy to fall with (AntiVirus 2009/10 & AntiSpyware 2009/10) . It enters the system with very minimal footprint and grows with available bandwidth in no time. Then, it pops up some smart / pro looking windows to fool the user saying your system got infected other than it self. Be very careful of clicking those banners & pop-ups saying Download Now. Easiest way to keep away from these things is to know the AV vendor in the market. It's not that easy for the casual user OR a newbie to judge which one to trust. Though, user can GOOGLE the name of the vendor & see if there's a review available in other than it's own site as well.

For basic knowledge & trusted downloads I'd suggest go to the well reputed places like CNET.com, ZDNet.com, Softpedia.com, Majorgeeks etc.
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17 Jan 2010   #3

 

I've already seen over a dozen computers which were infected with some version of the fake AV or fake anti spyware scam. It's really nasty. The only advice I can give is if you see something on the internet that says your computer is infected, close your browser immediately. DON'T click on anything on that page... and don't go back to that page.
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17 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

No offense, JMH, but that article sounds like "paid programming" for PCTools Spyware Doctor. As 7MM said, use trusted sites for downloads. If you aren't familiar with the vendor, in addition to researching the name, these two sites are great resources for information on the latest rogues:

Rogue Antispyware (by Sunbelt)
S!Ri.URZ (About Malwares, Rogues, Scarewares, SmitfraudFix)
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17 Jan 2010   #5
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
No offense, JMH, but that article sounds like "paid programming" for PCTools Spyware Doctor. As 7MM said, use trusted sites for downloads. If you aren't familiar with the vendor, in addition to researching the name, these two sites are great resources for information on the latest rogues:

Rogue Antispyware (by Sunbelt)
S!Ri.URZ (About Malwares, Rogues, Scarewares, SmitfraudFix)
No offence taken.
The articles are posted to invite opinion & comment.
Must admit I agree with you that many of these posts have an agenda.
Ultimately the reader should be aware of bias in everything he / she reads.
I never post with any thought of endorsement.
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23 Jan 2011   #6

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

u can call ur PC manufacturer for help & they can help u fix the problem by using free software available on the net. try this for a list of free software used Free virus spyware removal
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23 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you get one of these fake AV threats just rename your taskmgr and banish that file back to computer hell. That works almost every time if you catch it early.
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08 Mar 2011   #8

Windows XP Professional
 
 

Just be extra cautious next time, if something like that happens again, read the pop-up thoroughly and don't click anything!! Close everything. Install a good scanning software, mine's the SuperAntispyware program. It's great, you can check out their fanpage on facebook too Login | Facebook That's all!
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08 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

My advice has worked a couple of times when a client says that their screen said that they were infected.
I tell them. pull the power plug on the computer or hold down the power button. Most computers will recover
without a lot of aggrivation.
One problem some people have with those popups is that clicking anywhere even the red X will allow the nasties
to be installed.

Of course a good anti-virus web filter will help you like vipre or a few others.

Ain't computers wonderful and exciting?

Rich
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