It’s so smart that it often recreates its own component parts, even if it has been deleted. How smart is that?
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.
Experienced computer users’ have come to realize that the Internet is alive with predators intent on installing damaging programs, (Rogue Security Software, spyware, adware, viruses and Trojans), on vulnerable computer systems.
However, the sad reality is, the majority of computer users are undereducated when it comes to recognizing the dangers and threats that the Internet poses to their computers, and to their personal privacy.
The installation of Rogue Security Software can often cost the unfortunate victim loads of money in an attempt to get rid of it; invariable leads to a critically disabled PC, or in the worst case scenario, the possibility exists for hackers to gain access to important personal and financial information.
There seems to be no end to the release of new Rogue Security threats, and once again we are forced to deal with a new variant of an older rogue application. Virus Response Lab 2009, a clone of Antivirus Lab 2009, is now circulating on the Internet seeking out unaware users in order to steal their money.
The objective of Virus Response Lab 2009, which is the objective of all Rogue Security Software, is to convince the victim to pay for the “full” version of the application in order to remove what are, in fact, false positives that this program is designed to display on the infected computer in various ways, including fake scan results, pop-ups and system tray notifications.
This rogue application is designed to load on boot up and will then generate its fake or false malware detection warnings. Even if the victim is tricked into paying for the “full” version, Virus Response Lab 2009 continues to run as a background process incessantly reporting those fake or false malware detection warnings. Over time, this type of software will essentially destroy the victim’s computer operating system, making the machine unusable.
In the last year, or so, I have heard some horrendous stories from readers where the common thread has been the debiting of their credit cards, multiple times, by the cyber-criminals responsible for the distribution of Rogue Security Software.
If you are a victim of this or other Rogue Security Software, 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 this and other 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.
Bleeping Computer is a web site where help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of rogue software.
Rogue Fix at Internet Inspiration
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.
What you can do to reduce the chances of infecting your system with rogue security software.
Be careful in downloading freeware or shareware programs. Spyware is occasionally concealed in these programs. Download this type of program only through reputable web sites such as Download.com, or sites that you know to be safe.
Consider carefully the inherent risks attached to peer-to-peer (P2P), or file sharing applications where exposure to rogue security applications is widespread.
Install an Internet Browser add-on that provides protection against questionable or unsafe websites. My personal favorite is Web of Trust, an Internet Explorer/FireFox add-on that offers substantial protection against questionable or unsafe websites.