.FakeMessage Is Indeed Fake
Nearly all adware programs are based upon some lie or another. Some will promise you an Xbox or a PS3 if you click on them, some pretend to be quizzes, others pretend to be girls that are interested in you. While many of these are fairly cruel in their lies, few are as directly devious as adware like .FakeMessage. This one is a high security risk, and was discovered in August of 2004.
The first thing you spot when you have an infection from this program is that what looks like a Windows error message pops up and tells you that you have a spyware infection. It then directs you to download software to supposedly fix your problem. In all truth, if you download the software, your problems will really begin.
Before we get too far on that, let’s talk about what it does before all that happens. Chances are, the infection starts after downloading some program or another from the Internet. The first thing it does is that it copies itself in the …\system32\inetsrv\ file as Services.exe. Then, it changes up some registry values in your computer so that it will run when you restart your computer. Finally, voila, you have your pop up.
The infection isn’t really all that bad at this point. It’s a small program, doesn’t change much, and only has this one popup. Of course, it’s annoying, and you’ll want to make it stop, but the last thing you want to do is click the approval button. That’s when the real trouble starts.
If you click yes, then it opens up the webpage that it’s hosted from. Then it starts downloading a supposed adware removal tool. That’s just their catchy lingo for saying that they’re downloading more adware onto your computer.
Now your computer starts getting clunky. Programs crash. Your Internet browsers are hardly working. Pop up ads are coming up everywhere. That’s just the stuff that you see happening. Of course, that isn’t all that’s happening when you have an adware infection. Not even slightly.
Ever wonder why it’s usually your Internet browsers that are affected? Adware uses up the same resources that Internet browsers do. All programs take running memory to operate. So adware competes with your computer’s processes at this level. Internet browsers and adware both use the bandwidth of your computer’s Internet connection. This further steals running memory from your computer’s resources.
This is where a really big problem comes in with many adware programs. You may not have been the winner of anything because you were the 10,000th visitor, but if you were, the remote server could possibly have all the information they would need to send you that prize. Somehow, I don’t think that’s their goal.
Every computer needs a security suite that includes effective spyware protection. Spyware is probably the most common and most rapidly evolving internet bug out there. I recommend ZookaWare PC Cleaner because it is the only antispyware tool that can keep up with adware’s evolutions. That’s why we’re the only ones with the 100% removal guarantee.