The cyber criminals who develop and release “rogue security software” are still at it, and continue to flood the Internet with their parasitic applications.
According to the Sunbelt Blog, from Sunbelt Software, the developers of one of the best anti-malware tools available, CounterSpy antispyware software, Rapid Antivirus “is a new rogue security product from the “SpywareNo” family”.
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Just like all rogue security applications, Rapid Antivirus is an application that uses malware, or malicious tools, to advertise or install itself. Unless you have had the bad experience of installing this type of malicious software, you may not be aware that such a class of software even exists. But it does, and it has now reached virtual epidemic proportions on the Internet.
Like most parasitic applications, this particular rogue security software’s installer is often found on adult websites, or it can be installed manually from rogue security software websites like RapidAntivirus.com.
Quick Tip: If you had installed WOT (Web of Trust), an Internet Explorer/FireFox add-on, which provides protection against questionable or unsafe websites, you would have seen the following dropdown transparent warning curtain, triggered on visiting RapidAntivirus.com.
After the installation of Rapid Antivirus be prepared for false positives; fake or false malware detection warnings. As with all rogue security applications, Rapid Antivirus was developed to mislead uninformed computer users’ into downloading and paying for the “full” version of this bogus software, based on the false malware positives generated by the application.
Rogue security software can write itself into multiple parts of the operating system, and in many cases it can hide its files, registry entries, running process and services, making the infection virtually impossible to find and remove.
As well, the installation of such malware can lead to a critically disabled PC, or in the worst case scenario, allows hackers access to important personal and financial information.
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Generally, reputable anti-spyware software is capable of detecting rogue software if it attempts to install, or on a malware scan. But this is not always the case. Anti-malware programs that rely on a definition database can be behind the curve in recognizing the newest threats. Nevertheless, it is critically important that your Anti-malware programs definition database is always kept current.
An additional safeguard is, ensure you have installed, and are running, an anti-malware application such as ThreatFire 3, free from PC Tools. This type of program operates using heuristics, or behavioral analysis, to identify newer threats.
If you are a victim of Rapid Antivirus, the following removal solutions will be invaluable. The individuals/companies, who wrote and developed these free tools, are to be congratulated for giving back, so freely, to the Internet community.
Without their generous efforts, those infected by rogue applications, would be faced with the unenviable task of performing a complete system reinstall, with a strong probability of losing irreplaceable Hard Drive data.
Rogue application removal solutions are freely available at:
Bleeping Computer is a web site where help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of this rogue software.
SmitFraudFix, available for download at Geekstogo is a free tool that is continuously updated to assist victims of rogue security applications.
Malwarebytes, a reliable anti-malware company has created a free application to help keep you safe and secure. RogueRemover will safely remove a number of rogue security applications. As well, you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware application, a superior anti-malware program.
Rogue Fix at Internet Inspiration.