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AntiVirProtect is a rogue security program designed to fool the user into thinking that spyware is on their PC, in order to persuade them to buy the product. AntiVirProtect uses aggressive and misleading security warnings to lure the user to this conclusion. This application is malware, and has no ability to scan your PC, nor can it detect or remove malware. AntiVirProtect may make your PC run slow or become unstable. Online activities may be tracked, and personal information accessed as well.
RegiFast is a piece of spyware that will try and fill out forms that a user visits online. It typically downloads without user consent. It often comes in a package with programs such as DollarRevenue and Zango, and has been associated with the MySpaceBar add-on toolbar as well.
RegiFast can be particularly dangerous to users who bank or shop online, or who have a PayPal account. In addition, it often shows even more pop-up ads than “regular” adware.
While deleting the files listed below may clear an infected computer, RegiFast is one of the more difficult pieces of malware to remove by hand. We recommend a free trial of ZookaWare PC Cleaner to do the job for you.
RapidBlaster software presents multiple threats to a computer. First, it displays advertisements to user’s PC or laptop. These advertisements are typically of a pornographic nature. RapidBlaster can be downloaded by ActiveX “drive-by” downloads—one need not even looks at pornographic websites to become infected!
RapidBlaster also acts as a Trojan horse. It can download and install arbitrary code to its host computer. It also frequently downloads pornographic dialers such as DialerOffline. Both softwares download without user permission. RapidBlaster runs every time Windows starts up.
All pop-ups are annoying; pornographic pop-ups can cause family problems and even cause a person to lose their job, should the pop-ups appear on a work computer. We highly recommend a free download of ZookaWare PC Cleaner in order to scan for this and other potential threats.
.EzCatchis a special kind of adware. It’s special, in that it tries to disguise itself as an antispyware program, when in fact it is spyware. This is a particular category of adware called Rogue Antispyware. This way, it can trick PC users into downloading it and getting infected with it.
Once it’s on your computer, though, its motives become apparent. Although you will get desktop icons and even a limited antispyware function out of it, you will also get pop ups and a clunky computer that it seems to not be able to fix. Though it tries to maintain its disguise as spyware protection, it can’t help but give itself away.
“What is it about adware that causes problems on computers?” you might ask. The problem isn’t so much the pop up windows, as many may think. Generating pop ups does use your computer’s resources, but it’s what you don’t see that really zaps your computer’s performance. Let’s follow the typical pathology of an adware program so you can see what happens.
First, adware programs install themselves without your knowledge or consent, often tricking you into doing the necessary actions. In this case, you think you’re installing an antispyware program, but you’ve been duped into installing spyware. The next thing that happens usually is that the program will look through your files and upload your information to a remote server. This information may or may not be sensitive, depending on your browsing habits. The remote server then kicks back advertising media based on the information that was sent. Then you get your pop ups.
Now that you have the basic idea of how adware works, here is where adware really hurts your computer. Nearly everything adware does is behind the scenes. All of this incognito activity costs your computer its running memory. The communication of your information over the internet uses up a significant amount of your internet connection’s bandwidth. Your bandwidth also relies on your computer’s available memory.
What ultimately happens is that you have these annoying pop ups and your computer starts running slower. Some programs that you have, especially your internet browsers, will take much longer to load, and may crash, leaving you with nothing but an error message. This is especially bad if you were working on an important document when you got infected.
Every computer needs a set of protective programs. This consists of three primary types: a firewall, an antivirus, and an antispyware program. All of these have to be at the top of their game to ensure total protection.
As my focus is on spyware, I recommend ZookaWare PC Cleaner. It is a singular program that covers all of your spyware needs. We have both removal and protective features. They are both backed by the same feature ZookaWare PC Cleaner has that supports our 100 percent spyware removal guarantee. We have a bot that constantly searches the internet for new spyware definitions. Because of its speed, we are able to remove a spyware bug within minutes of its first launch. Even better, we are able to prevent you from getting infected within minutes of its launch. Really, does it get better than that?
Rogue antispyware is a type of software that looks and acts as a security program, but actually installs components such as adware and spyware. Rogue antispyware may also be installed on a computer without providing any notice or consent to the end user. As a consumer and an Internet user, it is important for you to be aware of the repercussions rogue antispyware can have; the least of which is bogging down your computer, the worst is being a precursor to identity theft.
According to recent studies by Trend Micro, the threat of rogue antispyware is on the rise. George Moore, threat researcher for Trend Micro, says, “Rogue security programs are clearly on the rise. Therefore users must demonstrate caution and always be alert when downloading software. In addition they need to protect their systems by using the latest security software against Web threats.”
Rogue antispyware resembles legitimate security software running in trial mode on the user’s PC. In many cases, the developers of rogue antispyware design the warnings to resemble Microsoft Windows alerts. The programs indicate that some form of a virus or spyware infection has been identified and that the only way to stop it is to purchase specific software to clean out the infection.
The programs can be installed in many ways. For instance, the malware author can install the program when a user simply opens an email or views a website. Yet another method used is when a user visits a website with video content, the site may instruct the victim to download a video codec in order to view the content. But, instead of downloading a codec, rogue antispyware is downloaded, and a simple command plays the video.
Pop-up banner ads that entice users to download so-called “required” software also provide a means for malware authors to upload rogue antispyware. The software, which lures the user in by offering a free trial, offers an upgrade at a fee for full functionality.
An increasing number of pop-up windows, hijacked browser homepages, and/or hijacked desktop wallpaper can warn the user that their PC has been infected.
There are ways to avoid infection by rogue antispyware. For starters, only purchase and use legitimate, trusted software. Make sure that if an infection suddenly pops up on your machine, seek a second opinion before taking any action.
When purchasing security software, check online reviews of what is available and read the feedback from consumers that have used it. Always check the list of available software against a list of rogue antispyware compiled by analysts in the industry.
And always make sure your antispyware software is a member of the Better Business Bureau. You can find out by checking for the Better Business Bureau logo on their website (you’ll see ours at the top of our site) or do a search for the company at www.bbb.org
If Trend Micro is right, rogue antispyware is not only nasty stuff, it’s ruthless and it’s on the prowl for you. Protect yourself against rogue antispyware and give yourself the arsenal of tools you need to combat this Internet threat. Get a firewall, install legitimate antispyware software on your computer and scan regularly.
Experts are warning of a sharp rise in the number of malware infections caused by rogue antispyware programs flooding the market. Trend Micro, a leader in antivirus and content security software, has reported a “fivefold year-on-year” increase in the use of such programs, which claim to clean a computer system but end up infecting users.
Rogue antispyware, also known as rogue security software, is software that uses malware and malicious tools to install itself or to force computer users to pay for removal of nonexistent spyware.
Many rogue antispyware sellers will appear to be professional branded products, with well-designed websites that lack critical information about their products. With this information unavailable to a user, they have no idea about the malicious intent of the rogue anti-spyware application. Rogue antispyware will often perform fake scans on a user’s machine and report to the user that legitimate applications are actually spyware files. If a user takes the recommendations to eliminate these files, there is real potential of the user deleting their legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware applications, plus other files that their computer needs to function normally. These rogue anti-spyware programs can also deliver malcode directly to the user’s machine.
Some well known rogue antispyware programs out there include, but are not limited to, Winfixer, SpywareQuake, ErrorSafe, ErrorGuard, SpyShield, ApyAxe, SpywareNuker and, most recently, Spyhealer, DriverCleaner and SystemDoctor.
As with any program that deals with spyware, the main goal of rogue anti-spyware software makers is to sell their product. They are very sneaky; one of their common tactics is to make a Windows dialogue box appear on the computer users screen with “WARNING” in bold letters. The user, completely unaware of the spyware embedded on their machine, will just start clicking “OK” to a scan of their machine, not realizing that they will do more harm than good. Never, under any circumstance, should you click “OK” on these boxes, always close them by clicking the red “x” in the top right hand corner.
Rogue antispyware is also notorious for boggling a user’s mind with a report full of false positives. A false positive is fake or false spyware detection report in a computer scan. Because it is often displayed in a very professional manner, rogue antispyware can convince even the most advanced user that their computer is infected with nasty spyware.
As if the rogue antispyware out there right now isn’t bad enough, there is a whole list of new and more aggressive rogue antispyware programs sprouting on the Internet each and every day. These can be slightly more difficult to detect and remove, and often take a combination of methods, both electronic and manual, to do the trick.
Rogue antispyware programs are nasty, underhanded programs to deal with. As rogue antispyware programs are on the rise, computer users must demonstrate caution and always be alert when downloading software. Be very careful with each and every box you click when it comes to your spyware protection; whether you think you’re agreeing to something or you think you’re closing something you don’t want to look at. It may seem paranoid to be so hyper-vigilant, but in the end, it will save you a lot of headaches and frustration.
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