Fake Security Programs

April 1, 2009

We’ve mentioned them before, but they just keep getting worse and worse. The most common type of infection we see these days are these fake security programs. They pretend to be a security program when in fact, they are an infection. Never download any security software, or any software for that matter, from a web page if you aren’t sure it’s legitimate.


The people who create these fake security programs are very tricky. You may get a pop-up message from a website or see a banner on a website that says your computer is infected and you should click here for a free scan. Don’t do it! There are a large number of these types of infections out there. The most common ones we see include DriveCleaner, Antivirus XP, SpySheriff, Antivirus 2009, SpyAxe, and Antivirus 360, just to name a small fraction of them that we have seen lately.


If one of these programs gets on your computer, it will pretend to scan your computer and then tell you there are infections. Then it will tell you that you have to purchase the program in order to clean off the supposed infections. Don’t do it!


Some of these programs put icons or messages on your screen that look like official messages from Windows or from Microsoft. But they are fake. You can try to uninstall it, but that usually doesn’t work. They usually need to be removed by a professional.


Be careful what you click on and what you download.

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