PC Killed by Fake Anti-Virus? Get Help.

Cory Blog, Security, Windows

In these times, I’m glad to have a Mac.

There’s a certain virus going around and it’s really good. It gets the best of people- and you usually don’t have to do anything to get it. You just have to be on the internet. Trust me- I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it in the last few months. Handfuls of people claiming an antivirus program on their PC yelling at them that their computer is infected. “But wait, pay $69.99 and all will be well,” it says. Just soon after you’ll realized that somethings amiss, and that maybe this program is a fraud.

Well, hopefully you stop here first and read about it before it happens to you.

The gist is that there’s a nasty virus going around that acts as an Anti-Virus program, which “scans” your PC and then shows you that you have x number of viruses or infections on your computer. It prompts you to pay money to get it fixed. In the end, you lose- even if you don’t pay. Why? Because this virus is extremely difficult to remove. When I’ve seen it, the quickest way is to remove said pc from the web, back up what you want to keep, and reformat your computer. Honestly, it’s a bear cat.

It goes by many names (ex: XP Antispyware) but knowing the name of what anti-virus you DO have will help to defend yourself from it’s grasp. It’s been reported that at first sight of this malware, if you straight away power off your computer and then back on, you can stop it dead in its tracks. Other articles suggest editing the registry (making sure to back it up first and foremost) and also running a TRUSTED malware tool such as Malwarebytes. You can read more in these articles by Lifehacker: How to Remove XP AntiSpyware and McAfee Stinger Removes Hard-to-Tackle Malware and Pesky Fake-Alert Program and this one: How to remove XP AntiSpyware 2010, XP Antivirus Pro 2010.

Read up and be ready. You will not want to be caught with this awful ruiner. For daily PC usage, I recommend these programs:

Avira Antivirus
Malwarebytes’ AntiMalware

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Firefox Browser

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