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Windows 7: Don't be fooled by fake MSE

28 Aug 2010   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
Don't be fooled by fake MSE

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There is a new fake Microsoft Security Essentials doing the rounds! This Microsoft Security Essentials Alert is basically a Trojan which tries to trick you into buying one of the 5 rogue anti-virus programs that it is pushing.

When the fake alert pops-up, it says that a malware has detected on your computer. It will list this Trojan as Unknown Win32/Trojan and will then prompt you to clean your computer using any one of the security software program.
These five rogue programs are:
  • Red Cross Antivirus
  • Peak Protection 2010
  • Pest Detector 4.1
  • Major Defense Kit
  • AntiSpySafeguard or AntiSpy Safeguard
During this fake online scan only the 5 fake anti-virus programs listed above will state that this supposed Trojan is an infection. It does this to scare you into clicking the Free Install button next to them that will install the rogue program onto your computer and then reboot your computer.
Pictured is the fake MSE Alert screen

Read more here:

Beware of fake new Microsoft Security Essentials rogue software | The Windows Club

And here:

Remove the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Trojan and AntiSpySafeguard


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28 Aug 2010   #2
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

You're going to have to start subscribing to SecurityGarden or I need to remember to cross-post here. I wrote about this on August 22.

Beware: Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Rogue
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28 Aug 2010   #3
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Oh geez...sorry about that Corrine. I've been in & out since school started...
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28 Aug 2010   #4
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

No need to be sorry! I was teasing you. I actually thought I had posted about the fake MSE rogue here but when I looked couldn't find it.
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29 Aug 2010   #5
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Oh OK ...Thought I double posted.....been getting behind on E mails & such...
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22 Sep 2010   #6
AnubisZX5

XP Pro
 
 

I got fooled by this - now my PC is stuck in an endless reboot cycle. Is there any hope?
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22 Sep 2010   #7
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Hey AnubisZX5,

The first thing you could try is to boot into safe mode and do a sys restore to a point before you installed it. Some malware/viruses like to nest in restore points, so you may want to go back one or 2 places past the point that you installed it.

If that fails to remedy the situation, Corrine posted some good info on her site (link on her post above) with a link to help remove it.

Remove the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Trojan and AntiSpySafeguard

I hope this helps
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22 Sep 2010   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AnubisZX5 View Post
I got fooled by this - now my PC is stuck in an endless reboot cycle. Is there any hope?
You will need to do a "repair" install to stop the reboot loop. Repair Install
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22 Sep 2010   #9
AnubisZX5

XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AnubisZX5 View Post
I got fooled by this - now my PC is stuck in an endless reboot cycle. Is there any hope?
You will need to do a "repair" install to stop the reboot loop. Repair Install
Is that available in XP?
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22 Sep 2010   #10
Legaia

Windows 7 Professional (64x)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AnubisZX5 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AnubisZX5 View Post
I got fooled by this - now my PC is stuck in an endless reboot cycle. Is there any hope?
You will need to do a "repair" install to stop the reboot loop. Repair Install
Is that available in XP?
No it is not, As far as im concerned it was introduced into Windows 7 (never played with Windows Vista so im not sure about that.)
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