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Windows 7: Over 13 Million PCs Infected with Fake Antivirus.......

27 Apr 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Over 13 Million PCs Infected with Fake Antivirus.......

Over 13 Million PCs Infected with Fake Antivirus Cleaned in 2009.

Microsoft security solutions have helped clean over 13 million computers worldwide infected with rogue antivirus software in 2009. However, according to volume eight of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv8), fake antivirus is a growing problem, with the number of compromised computers having grown in the second half of 2009 compared to the first half of the past year. In SIRv8, Microsoft reveals that its security products detected and cleaned rogue security software, as well as malware variations of fake AV, from no less than 7.8 million computers in the second half of the past year.

Microsoft security products identified 2.5 million more face AV infections in 2H 2009 over the first half of the previous year. Between January and June 2009, only 5.3 million instances of rogue security software were cleaned from compromised computers worldwide. The Redmond company concludes that attackers are choosing to focus increasingly on spreading rogue AV, precisely because they can monetize the malicious code better than other malware.
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Over 13 Million PCs Infected with Fake Antivirus Cleaned in 2009 - By Microsoft security solutions - Softpedia

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27 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7

oh dear thats bad O.o, although im one to talk i accidently installed a rogue AV, i got rid of it though.. turned out it infected me with a TDSS Rootkit or something like it, but still, bad stuff, pretty bad figures O_O
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27 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1

I'll stick to my Kaspersky!!
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27 Apr 2010   #4

7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64, 7 Pro x64, XP Pro x86, Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon

That's why I always scan everything I download from the 'Net...I've said it once, and I'll say it again: user habits and awareness are the best anti-virus solution.
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27 Apr 2010   #5

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi Matt

I like your Pic -- "Smith and Wesson always beats four aces".

See you are from Raleigh NC (Tarheel State). -- Had a great time over at UNC in Chapel Hill while on a computer course -- mind you those poor guys from North Carolina hadn't a clue when a load of us from various European Countries descended into some of those great Bars and showed those students REALLY how to drink Beer. I think N. Carolina's Beers consumption went up by about 30% during the time we were there.

We managed to get one of the Bars to show some footie from the UK -- the Mexican staff loved it as we did too -- was a Man Utd game. Most of the "Locals" looked on with quiet amusement -- they hadn't got a clue what was going on -- especially at all the screams when Man Utd scored a goal.

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27 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

these fake av viruses are popping up alot recently. my friend just had one on his pc i helped him remove it 2 days ago. safe mode with networking>run rkill>scan and remove with malware bytes>restart pc. that fixed the issue. also note that those programs run a ****ed proxy u wont be able to download anti virus it will block those sites we i used a cd with rkill on it to get it on the pc and he aleady had malware bytes so that was fine. these rogue avs also block processes within windows they block malware bytes and any other anti virus thats why rkill is very important it stops the rogue virus process so u can then proceed with malware bytes
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29 Apr 2010   #7

7 Pro 64 Bit

I literally had a two month stretch where I fixed the rouge anti virus programs. All different flavors, same issue.
Literally I spent 4-5 hours a night after my day job fixing friends, customer, etc....outside of work.

Some were so badly slowed down and infected I just saved data, wiped 'em and started over.
A couple of them got infected again....and paid the bill again.
I have yet to see a third time offender.

A lot of my customers said they went to Facebook just before they got infected...that was the only common point I've found.
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