Monday, June 21, 2010

Scams on the internet?

There are many scams on the internet today. One of the worst and most prevalent scams involves internet scammers promoting and selling adware, malware, or viruses disguised as antivirus software. Many of you may see an add like this and think it's safe to click on it, because it's an "Antivirus."

Really how could you possibly get a virus by installing an antivirus? Antivirus 360 is one such malware which could be better classified as a trojan downloader, rootkit, malware, and a virus. I've come across many computers with this malware installed on them in my time. It's appaling how they take advantage of the common user.

Once this program is installed on your system it detects many false threats and tells the user in order to clean out their system they must purchase a registered version. I don't know anyone who has purchased it, so I can't say if paying would remove your computer from it's hostage status.

Untill this virus is removed you will not be able to access task manager and all your internet searches will be redirected. Especially any relevant searches pertaining to removal of the virus. It's a nasty infection indeed and may be one of the most difficult to get rid of. Though I havn't had to remove one recently, so I can't recall all the steps taken to resolve the issue present in systems today. I can tell you how to avoid such things.

When searching for an antivirus to use always search for comments on it before downloading installing or otherwise having anything to do with it. Always download from reputable sources these include for the purpose of this post Norton, Mcafee, AVG, Kaspersky, PCTools, and PCtrend. These are all known antiviruses to me I have used them all and they are effective. Norton however, has some issues with PC performance and will cause your computer to slow down considerably.

one trusted malware removal programs known and trusted is Malwarebytes anti malware. One more thing to note anytime you see a web page pop up that says you have registry errors or virus infections immediately close it do not click on anything inside.