Antivirusprotection Is No Kind Of Protection
Antivirusprotection is one of many in a relatively new wave of malware called corrupt security tools. These programs simulate various types of security software, from antivirus to antispyware programs in order to con you into infecting your computer and waste your money on malignant software. Even worse, they may take all of your money, and maybe even your identity. Unfortunately, they attack without warning and take over your computer without mercy. Once you see them, you’re already infected.
These programs typically hang out in the back alleys of the Internet waiting to snag some would-be rogue surfer. Pornographic sites, online casinos, and peer to peer (P2P) file sharing communities are their typical forte. You can also get accosted by them from downloading pirated software and media. While I have no interest in being anyone’s moral authority, I will say that there is a real danger, beyond legal ramifications, in doing these things. At one point or another, most users will discover that it doesn’t pay to indulge in Internet vices.
Most of these programs also have an “official home page” that targets unsuspecting users who are searching for a new tool for their security suite. More often than not, an infection from the seedy areas of the Internet will also redirect a user to one of these sites. They often look professional enough and may even say that they have some credentials like ratings from PC magazines or are “as seen on TV.” Conveniently enough, they also have free online scans and free trial versions on these websites. Unfortunately, most legitimate security software providers, such as my site, also have free online scans and trial versions, so this is no way to tell them apart. However, if you click on their trial versions, you have invoked a world of trouble rather than a legitimate offer.
First, a pop up will tell you that you’re infected — Big time. Depending on how many temporary files you have on your computer, since this is what’s actually being counted, you could be led to believe that you have thousands of infected files on your computer.
Next, they will tell you that if you buy their full version, they will clean up this “problem.” You ostensibly have the option of “Yes” or “No,” but it won’t take “No” for an answer. It will just keep popping back up on your task manager. If you say “Yes,” it will ask for your credit card information and charge you an exorbitant price for crappy software. It’s better if you turn off your computer and get some real security software.
The world of rogue software is always changing and evolving. I created ZookaWare PC Cleaner with this in mind. We have a bot that constantly scans the Internet looking for new malware definitions. Within minutes of a malware’s launch, we have found it and made a fix for it. That’s how we can back up our 100% spyware removal guarantee. Besides removal, we also provide protection from infection with SpyGuard. Who can top that?