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Windows 7: Fake MSE-alert

29 Sep 2010   #11
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
If these infections appear out of thin air (as opposed to clicking on something or opening a downloaded file of any kind), people should consider (at the earliest possible date) saving their data & settings with Easy Transfer Wizard, deleting all partitions, repartitioning the disk and reinstalling Windows. More and more rootkits (deep infections) try to monetize their control over your system by downloading and installing ransom schemes like these. However, even if you remove these adiitional malware infestations, the rootkit is still in control of your system and you can consider none of your passwords and presonal details safe any more.
Nope, these are a result of social engineering. It fools the user into thinking they must click on something. In the case of the rogue MSE, even savvy users might be tempted to click on the "x" to close it out. But that will also install the virus or malware.
Well, as I said.. Only if 'out of thin air'. If it's not too much trouble, even in cases like these.

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29 Sep 2010   #12
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

[QUOTE=Lemur;985577]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
Nope, these are a result of social engineering. It fools the user into thinking they must click on something. In the case of the rogue MSE, even savvy users might be tempted to click on the "x" to close it out. But that will also install the virus or malware.
Nice point. That's why it's also equally important not to just arbitrarily click "OK" on things, even if you think it's safe, it doesn't hurt to have a second look before that final click.

I tend to scan stuff I download before installing, even though it has been scanned during the download process. You never know. And as pointed out, even savvy users can get got.
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29 Sep 2010   #13
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I saw something similar to this. I was browsing Google Images for *Nix desktops and one of the pages was a re-direct. It ran an animated gif that looked exactly like MSE and threw up a pop-up prompting me to download a scanner for my computer. I have delt with these in the past so I knew it was a scam. I force-closed all windows and scanned with Malware-Bytes and MSE and found nothing. I am glad I didn't click on it.

All from just browsing google images.....

Be careful out there friends!

And good luck to you mdcyclist and Richy1204.

I always have two programs hotkeyed and ready for use. They are not for removal of malware, but can free up resources quickly or stop programs from running while trying to get rid of the threat.

Autoruns (for list of all programs and files running at startup):
Autoruns for Windows


Process Explorer (for list of all programs and files currently running in realtime):
Process Explorer
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29 Sep 2010   #14
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

The instructions at Bleeping Computer work for the Fake MSE. See Remove the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Trojan and AntiSpySafeguard.
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