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Windows 7: What is privacy protection? Fake virus program?

05 Nov 2011   #1
ChopperX

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
What is privacy protection? Fake virus program?

Hey guys I have a new application on my PC that just showed up and I have no idea what it is. It called itself privacy protection that just popped up on my desktop with no warning whatsoever. I have been using Windows 7 ultimate since he came out and I've never seen this program ever. In fact I had never even heard of it before. It started scanning my computer and found 20 viruses on it. All of my programs closed I could not reopen them and I even restarted my computer. With my computer turned back on the privacy protection application still popped up and I could not access my programs at all. I am getting really worried since I just reformatted my computer about two weeks ago and everything was working perfectly. Is this some sick new virus that is making its way to my computer? I have attached a screenshot below so you guys can take a look at it.



Any help would be appreciated and currently my computer is going to remain off until we figure this out.


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05 Nov 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

This is RogueWare, designed to fool you into thinking you have malware.

Please scan your system using Microsoft System Sweeper:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...m-sweeper.html

Post back if you need more help.

Regards,
Golden
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06 Nov 2011   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes it is a rogue, fake scan program designed to get money from your. There's a link to MalwareBytes below my sig.
Remove Privacy Protection (Uninstall Guide)
EDIT, or Golden's plan too, we were posting at the same time. You may have to boot into Safe Mode with networking to download anything.
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06 Nov 2011   #4
ChopperX

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Okay following the directions.
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06 Nov 2011   #5
ChopperX

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Okay so I followed the steps in Brittons post and I seem to have removed it for good. However are my files really infected for good? Do I need to have to reformat? How do I prevent this from happening again? I am currently using Microsoft Security Essentials.
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06 Nov 2011   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

MSE is fine, but do occasional scans with Malwarebytes (don't forget to update it before using it).

You probably picked up the rogueware whilst downlaoding something from the web - be careful what you download, all is not what it seems.

Regards,
Golden
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06 Nov 2011   #7
ChopperX

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks guys I really appreciate the help. You guys rock!
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06 Nov 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Likely you are clean, but do the MalwarBytes scan anyway. That type of malware generally isn't dangerous but will disable most of your PC trying to protect itself.
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06 Nov 2011   #9
Francis93

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It is highly recommended to do a post-virus removal scan using Malwarebytes and different scanners (Hitman Pro, SUPERAntiSpyware, your antivirus). There still could be remnants of it lurking in your PC due to extensive infection.

Download CCleaner too, install it and tick everything before clicking the 'Analyze' button to remove infected cookies, temp files and the like.

It's better to do the aforementioned in Safe mode. Kindly reread the removal instructions for Privacy Protection and in the first few steps you should find instructions how to boot.
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07 Nov 2011   #10
klarose1

NY windows 7 home premium
 
 
Already purchased!!!

I already fell for the privacy protection scam and purchased it yesterday!! Now it's in my computer and I can't open the Internet and it's asking me to purchase more!!! What do I do now???
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