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Security Mechanic Image
Read 5,118 times | Last updated on July 21, 2009

Security Mechanic is a rogue security program from the same developers as SpyProtector. Like its predecessor, Security Mechanic is promoted through the use of advertisements that pretend to be online anti-malware scanners. When you encounter once of these advertisements you will be shown an ad that pretends to be an online anti-malware scanner that is scanning your computer. When the advertisement is finished it will then state that your computer is infected and that you should download and install Security Mechanic to protect your computer. It is important to note that what you are seeing is just an advertisement and it has absolutely no way of knowing what is running on your computer.

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Home Antivirus 2010 Image
Read 41,523 times | Last updated on July 20, 2009

Home Antivirus 2010 is a rogue anti-virus program from the same family as HomeAntivirus 2009. When Home Antivirus is installed on your computer it will create fake files throughout your computer using random names that are intended to impersonate malware files. These fake malware files will then be detected when Home Antivirus 2010 scans your computer but will not be removed unless you purchase the software. These files, though, are not malware at all, but instead harmless files that have no way of harming your computer.

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AntiVirusPro Image
Read 8,634 times | Last updated on July 14, 2009

AntiVirusPro is a rogue security program from the same family as AntiMalwarePro. This program advertises itself as an anti-virus program, but in reality is more like a privacy or Windows Registry cleaning program. When installed it will configure itself to launch automatically when you login to Windows. Once running it will then scan your computer and state that you have numerous security and performance issues including tracking cookies, spyware, and Registry problems. In reality, though, these results are grossly exaggerated and you do not have anything to worry about at all.

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Fake Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Image
Read 85,736 times | Last updated on July 13, 2009

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a program that was released by Microsoft on January 2005, which is updated monthly and can be used to remove various types of infections on a Windows computer. A Trojan has been discovered by Bharath that impersonates the legitimate Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, but instead of removing infections, it tries to sell you various anti-malware programs. When the program is installed it will create a file called c:\Program Files\MalwareRemoval\MalwareRemoval.exe, which will be launched every time you log into Windows. Once running, you will be presented with a screen that impersonates the legitimate MSRT program except that when it scans your computer it will state that the following malware were infecting your computer ...

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PC Security 2009 Image
Read 40,068 times | Last updated on July 9, 2009

PC Security 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program that is advertised and installed by malware and uses deceptive tactics to convince you that you are infected. When PC Security 2009 is installed on your computer it will create numerous fake infection files on your computer. These files will then be identified as infections when PC Security 2009 scans your computer. In reality, though, these files are all harmless and have no possible way to actually harm your computer. They are only their so that if you check for the existence of the file, you will find it and think the program is telling the truth.

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WiniFighter Image
Read 17,993 times | Last updated on July 8, 2009

WiniFighter is a rogue anti-spyware program that creates fake infection files on your computer in order to find something during its anti-malware scans. When installed, WiniFighter will create a variety of harmless files that will then be used by the program to be detected as infections. It does this to scare you into thinking that you have infections installed on your computer in the hopes that you will then purchase WiniFighter. In reality, though, these files are all harmless and have no effect on your computer. WiniFighter will also be configured to start automatically when you boot up your computer. Once started it will scan your computer and then list the files it created in the first place as infections, but will not allow you to remove them until you purchase the program.

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Security Central Image
Read 69,419 times | Last updated on October 30, 2009

Security Central is a rogue anti-spyware program that uses deceptive advertising and aggressive techniques to protect itself from removal. This program is installed without your consent through the use of malware that when executed, silently downloads and installs Security Central in the background and then launches the program. Once the program is launched it will scan your computer and then display a variety of false infections that were supposedly detected. It will not, though, allow you to remove any of these infections without first purchasing the program. These infections are all not really there, so you do not need to be concerned as Security Central is just trying to scare you into purchasing the program. To protect itself, Security Central will not allow you to run executable programs any anti-malware programs until the process is terminated.

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Smart Defender PRO Image
Read 20,804 times | Last updated on July 7, 2009

Smart Defender PRO is a rogue security program from the same family as Virus Remover Professional. This program is promoted through the use of malware and web sites that pretend to be online scanners. When visiting sites under this program's control, you will be shown a pop-up that states malware has been detected on your computer and that you should run an online scan. Regardless of what button you press on the pop-up you will then be brought to a page that shows an advertisement that pretends to be an online anti-malware scanner. When this advertisement has finished, it will state that your computer is infected and that you should download and install Smart Defender Pro. This program is also advertised through the use of malware that will display fake security alerts from your Windows taskbar. These alerts will state that your computer is infected or has some security problem and then prompt you to download and install the program.

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Windows Security Suite Image
Read 106,096 times | Last updated on July 6, 2009

Windows Security Suite is a rogue security program from the same family as Antivirus System Pro and Spyware Protect 2009. Like its predecessors, Windows Security Suite is installed through the use of malware. Once installed, the program will be configured to start automatically when Windows starts and when run, will perform a scan and then list a variety of infections that it states resides on your computer. It will not remove, though, any of these infections unless you purchase it. Do not be concerned by what Windows Security Suite states is running on your computer as the files it detects are actually harmless files created by the program itself. It only shows these fake infection files in order to trick you into thinking you are infected in the hope that you will then purchase their program. It goes without saying that you should not do so, and if you have already purchased this program, we suggest that you immediately contact your credit card company and dispute the charges as this is a fraudulent program.

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Barracuda Antivirus Image
Read 9,638 times | Last updated on July 6, 2009

Barracuda Antivirus is a rogue security program from the same family as Antivirus System Pro and Spyware Protect 2009. Like its predecessors, Barracuda Antivirus is installed through the use of malware. Once installed, the program will be configured to start automatically when Windows starts. When it is run, it will perform a scan and then list a variety of infections that it states resides on your computer, but will not remove them until you purchase the program. These infections, though, are scripted into the program so that no matter what computer you run Barracuda Antivirus on, it will always find the same infections. It shows these fake scan results in order to trick you into thinking you are infected in the hope that you will then purchase their program. It goes without saying that you should not do so and if you have already purchased this program, we suggest that you immediately contact your credit card company and dispute the charges as this program is fraudulent.

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