When I booted up my husband’s computer, there was a pop-up window that appeared to be running a scan and then super quick (actually, suspiciously quickly). Even to a seasoned veteran, the alert was quite persuasive. The threat of a Trojan and is very frightening and so was the record of XXX.exe viruses.
Then comes the clincher. All I must do is complete a simple registration procedure and that the Personal Antivirus application will eliminate all spyware and save daily. The sales pitch has been a bit too over the top.
This was really a rogue software that disguised itself as a valuable security tool. The information regarding the 25 viruses was a false scare tactic for us to complete the registration form in a panic and hit send. I took a look at the registration page and discovered that along without clearing up any viruses, and in fact probably downloading some, we were going to have to cover this service also.
As much as I hated it, I woke up my husband in the wee hours of the morning to research this further and he explained, “I thought it came through with the Windows update and was just trying to make me buy antivirus software, so I ignored it.” He got the last part right but this wasn’t part of a Windows update.
Personal Antivirus can actually “piggyback” in via a download creep in if you are visiting a web site. The programming is very similar in structure and appearance a Windows XP security feature so that it may be easy to get duped.
This is How You Can Tell the Actual Thing from the Scary Things:
1. If you are running a respectable software program to detect viruses you should not have some program telling you that you have X number of viruses onto your computer. Yes, detection may differ from applications to applications and rely upon your last update, but there should not be that many variations in the number of viruses, spyware or malware on your computer.
2. Normally, if you have already installed an antivirus system on your computer another one cannot function or override the current software. By means of example, if I am using Trend and attempt to install Norton, without uninstalling Trend I will get error messages and the installation won’t finish.
3. Most reputable antivirus programs will not download to your computer with no aid, such as accessing the page and taking you through download steps, not a free program like AVG can only magically appear and scan your computer.
Personal Antivirus uses fear and manipulation in order to run its “scam.” If you feel this program to be authentic, you end up providing your name, address, credit card number, create a username and password. Since lots of individuals utilize the identical user name and password for multiple accounts you have now given away all the information anyone needs to perpetrate credit card fraud, create a new identity and damage your credit in numerous other ways.
If left alone this program does the following:
- Changes your browser preferences directing you to sites that continue to encourage you to Get this so-called security software
- Shows commercial advertisements
- Enables pop-ups ads to sneak through your firewall
- Stays resident in the background, maybe recording keystrokes
This software needs to be removed immediately. Leaving it on your computer and ignoring it might still cause you frustration and damage to your systems. There are many websites offering information about the best way best to remove Personal Antivirus in the computer, I advocate XP Vista.com Spyware Removal and I found 2-Spyware very beneficial.
These websites provide similar information but I chose the XP Vista site since it was a real Windows XP site. Trying to eliminate manually requires quite a great deal of computer knowledge, so you may want to acquire some help, from somebody who knows about locating and removing files in addition to creating restore points and uninstalling apps.
It took me plenty of work and time, nearly 2 and a half hours worth before I was able to go to bed knowing our computer was protected. This is just yet another example of how personal antivirus is just 1 line of security and knowledge is merely another. If I hadn’t been educated about my desktop computer, antivirus programs, and malware scams, I may have ignored it, which may lead to significant issues or worse, been scared into buying this frightening download.