Recently I encountered a scam on the Internet called “Internet Antivirus Pro.”
This scam tried to convince me that my computer was infected with viruses and offered to sell me a program to remove the viruses. The scam seems real at first glance but is totally fake. All they want to do is to scare you into buying their $90 program that does nothing at best. Fortunately it is easy to remove
This type of scam is also called “misleading applications,” “rogue antispyware,” malware or fraud.
Read on to see what this scam looks like, how your PC may get infected and how to remove it.
When the PC is infected with this scam, you get a lot of scary serious looking pop up windows like:
and balloon warnings like
The pop ups want you to buy their software to rid your PC of these threats. These threats are not real. They are special effects only to scare you!
If you click the purchase invitations you’ll be taken to this web site which will allow you to buy the bogus software with your credit card for $90. Don’t do it!
Another symptom of infection by this malware is erratic browser behavior such as the browser hanging and not bring up pages or blocking sites like download.com
This malware may be doing even more insidious things we don’t know about like monitoring keystrokes for identity theft, sending out spam or participating in DOD attacks.
How does your PC get infected?
One way is to visit a web site that makes it appear that your PC is infected then install the offered program to clean up your PC.
For example I Googled a TV set model and clicked on the second result
which took me to this web page
This web site is designed to look like your PC’s My Computer window. The animation tries to convince you that your computer is scanning your PC and finding viruses. The “pop up” windows further try to convince you that your PC is desperately trying to tell you that it is infected. This is all false activity trying to scare you!
Some pop ups tell you you need to download and run a file:
If you run this file as suggested you’ll really be infected.
Since this malware tries to block anti-malware sites you can download the malwarebytes program on a USB drive with an uninfected PC and install from the USB drive.
Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool says “malicious software was found on your computer but could not be removed” and suggests using an antivirus program. Other antivirus and antispyware programs may find and remove this a
lso, I did not test other programs.
Although this program does show up in the Add or Remove Programs application of the Control Panel it does not really uninstall the malware.
How to protect yourself from these scams?
- Educate yourself.
- Don’t get fooled by a web site that tries to scare you.
- Don’t install programs unless you trust the source.
- Don’t pay for fraud software.