Posts Tagged ‘spyware protection’

.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.

.EasySearch; I’d hate to say it’s a classic, but it pretty much is.

.EasySearchis probably one of the most well known adware programs out there. It was released in August of 2004, and is still considered to be a high risk. It was one of the first adware programs to pretend to be a Browser Helper Object (BHO). Specifically, it pretends to be a search assistant toolbar. The problem with it is that it does far more than ineffectively help you find things on the internet.

What it actually does is that it effectively hijacks your browser. It sets itself up as a local proxy server for your computer. This way, it can completely take control of your browsing. Like pretty much every other adware in its class, it changes your home page to one of its own selection. It can also download other malware programs without your knowledge. It will also redirect your browsing pages to ones that it sponsors; chiefly porn sites! I’m sure most wives, children and bosses won’t want to see that on your computer! It also tends to suck your computer nearly dry of its performance.

While it does not appear that .EasySearch will actually compromise your information by uploading it to a remote server, the problems it can cause are no less troublesome. By running behind the scenes, it eats up some of your computer’s running memory. This causes it to run slower and causes some programs to crash, particularly internet browsers.

Lastly, all this redirection of your browsing gets in the way of your productivity in several ways. For one thing, it’s a toss up whether or not you’re going to the site you want to. For that matter, the sites you want to go to may be blocked by this adware. Then, of course, there are all the other problems that can come up from you apparently browsing porno at work. It sounds like a firing situation to me. Then, of course, there’s the possibility of these pages coming into the view of your wife and kids. In many cases, this can damage relationships and possibly get DHS involved!

My suggestion is that, whether or not you have any adware on your computer, the best thing to do is to make sure you have the best protection out there. ZookaWare PC Cleaner is the best program for your spyware protection needs. We offer a 100% spyware removal guarantee, which no one else does. The reason is that we do something that no one else does. We have a robot searching the entire web, over and over again, non-stop, looking for new spyware versions to come out. Once it finds them (within minutes of release), it sends it to get tested and fixed. Once this is done, the spyware’s definition is added to our library; all within minutes of the spyware’s release. This guarantee is also backed by the Better Business Bureau, and proven by our consistent five star ratings. Now, who can beat that?

Will Your Spyware Protection Software Protect You?

How do I get spyware on my computer?

Spyware has become one of the biggest problems in the computer industry. It affects everyone from those who are plugged into a large network of computers to the everyday PC user. Spyware is indiscriminant in its goal to cause trouble for computer users. And without spyware protection, everyone is at risk.

Spyware comes from several key places. Popups are one of those places. You should always avoid clicking the “okay” or “yes” button on popups from unknown sources. If you are going to click on of those buttons, carefully scrutinize the popup. Sometimes a message appears to be from Microsoft or a virus scanner, when it is really spyware in disguise.

Freeware is another common source of spyware. Freeware constitutes any type of free download, whether it is music, movies, or just a new toolbar for your web browser. It is always wise to be suspicious of file sharing programs. If you don’t know from whom you are downloading and you don’t have spyware protection, beware.

What does spyware do?

Spyware has a number of detrimental effects on you and your computer. The most severe of which is identity theft. Spyware has the ability to sneak around on your computer and log every key you press. So if you check an online bank statement, or pay an electric bill, or type in your social security number, the spyware records it. It then sends it back to the perpetrating hacker to do with it as he or she pleases.

Other symptoms of a spyware invasion include a slower system, increased popups, and unexplained changes in your homepage or other settings. The spyware can literally hijack your computer, stealing your personal information and making a mess of your computer. It is for these reasons that spyware protection is so important.

How do I get spyware protection?

There are several steps you can take to ensure spyware protection for your computer. The first is to install a popup blocker. This will limit the number of popups that include spyware. If you do get a popup, close it and move on, don’t click “okay,” even if the popup says something like “spyware has been detected on your computer, click okay for a free scan.” This is often a trick and is actually spyware.

Also, be careful to read the fine print when downloading anything. Free downloads are sometimes free because they include adware. The creator has to make their money somehow, so instead of charging you they get money from the advertisers who imbed their marketing materials in the program.

Last, but certainly not least, you should get anti spyware software. There are many different kinds on the market so do your homework before purchasing one. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for spyware protection:

* Does the program both remove and prevent spyware. It’s great to clean out the current spyware, but it defeats the purpose if you don’t prevent it in the future.

* Does the company offer updates to combat new spyware as it is introduced into cyberspace?

* Is the program easy to use? Quality spyware protection won’t require a lot of upkeep.

* Does the company offer helpful customer service? You want to be able to email a real live person if you find yourself having problems.

By avoiding popups, being careful what you download, and installing spyware protection, you are not only making sure your computer is secured, but also every piece of personal information that is transmitted through it.