Is your Computer infected with these Fake Alerts?
Doctor Computers Fake Alerts!
How to avoid the nasty fake antivirus scam
It happened to me and it could happen to you if you aren't careful
It’s one thing to write about the dangers of malicious software. It’s quite another to have it take over your computer. That’s what happened to me a few weeks ago. I was at work doing a routine online search when all of a sudden my computer went nuts.
A pop-up appeared in the center of the screen — “Warning: Virus Invasion Detection” — and a siren started wailing. “Personal Shield Pro” started to scan my hard drive. At least that’s what it looked like.
Within seconds, row after row of supposedly malicious software programs started stacking up in the window: viruses, spyware, adware, and worms.
I knew the scan was bogus, that my computer had been infected with fake antivirus software (FakeAV). But I couldn’t close the program. In fact, I couldn’t do anything. This rogue software had hijacked my computer. So, I turned it off and crossed my fingers.
When I rebooted, the pop-up was still there. I was helpless and didn’t know what to do. I contacted the IT department and one of the techs ran a number of scans. It took him two hours to find all the places this malware had embedded itself in the operating system on my hard drive.
If this had been my home computer, it would have meant a costly trip to the repair shop to get my machine working again.
FakeAV is also known as “scareware” because it’s designed to scare you into buying useless antivirus software that you don’t really need.
Who is behind this?
Scareware is sold by international criminal gangs. Many are located overseas with accomplices in the United States. Based on recent prosecutions, we know the losses are staggering.