Three more recently released Rogue Security applications that can cause havoc on your computer.
WinAntivirus Vista/XP, VirusMelt, and Malware Doc, are just three of the latest Rogue Security applications.
Delivery methods used by all of these parasites include Trojans, infected websites, misleading advertisements, and Internet Browser security holes.
They can also be downloaded voluntarily, from rogue security software websites and from “adult” websites.
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 these program are designed to display on the infected computer in various ways; including fake scan results, pop-ups and system tray notifications.
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.
A good partial solution to this problem is to ensure you have installed, and are running, an anti-malware application such as ThreatFire, free from PC Tools. This type of program operates using heuristics, or behavioral analysis to identify newer threats.
Rogue Security Software unfortunately, is generally very sophisticated and 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 difficult to find, and extremely difficult to remove should it infect your system.
If you are a victim of Rogue Security Software, the following removal solutions will be invaluable.
Bleeping Computer is a web site where help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of rogue software.
Malwarebytes, a very 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.
You will also have the option of downloading the free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, (I recommend that you do so), a highly rated anti-malware application which is capable of removing many newer rogue applications.
411-Spyware.com is an invaluable asset in the battle against rogue software. This site contains tools and instructions for removing most rogue software. If you have an interest in Internet related security issues, I recommend that you bookmark this site.
SmitFraudFix, available for download at Geekstogo is a free tool that is continuously updated to assist victims of rogue security applications including the removal of Antispyware 3000.
Please note: A high degree of computer operating system knowledge is a prerequisite to the successful removal of Rogue Security Software. If you lack this experience, it would be preferable that you enlist the aid of a computer savvy friend, or a professional.
Despite using any, or all, of the recommended tools, you may find that Rogue software is still resident on your system. This is possible due to the number of variations involved with this type of malware. In such a case, reformatting of the Hard Drive and a clean installation of the operating system may be the only alternative.
What can you do to ensure you are protected, or to reduce the chances you will become a victim?
The following are actions (familiar to regular readers of this site), that you can take to protect your computer system:
- When surfing the web – Stop. Think. Click
- Don’t open unknown email attachments
- Don’t run programs of unknown origin
- Disable hidden filename extensions
- Keep all applications (including your operating system) patched
- Turn off your computer or disconnect from the network when not in use
- Disable scripting features in email programs
- Make regular backups of critical data
- Make a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised
- Turn off file and printer sharing on your computer.
- Install a personal firewall on your computer.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software and ensure it is configured to automatically update when you are connected to the Internet
- Ensure the anti-virus software scans all email attachments
- Be proactive when it comes to your computer’s security; make sure you have adequate software based protection to reduce the chances that your machine will become infected.
I recommend that you ensure that the current anti- malware applications, which you depend on to protect your system, are up to the task by reading “The 35 Best Free Applications” on this site.
If you missed “Rogue Security Software on the Rise – What You Need to Know Now!” you can read it on this site.