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PCPrivacy Defender Image
Read 4,218 times | Last updated on May 1, 2009

PCPrivacy Defender, otherwise known as PCPrivacyDefender, is a rogue privacy program that deliberately displays exaggerated scan results to make you think you have privacy risks on your computer. This program is typically promoted through the use of fake online anti-malware scanners, that when finished, state your computer is infected and that you should download and install PCPrivacy Defender in order to protect yourself. When PCPrivacyDefender is installed it will be configured to start automatically and then scan your computer when you login to Windows. When the scan is finished it will list hundreds of exaggerated privacy issues on your computer and then state that you should purchase the program in order to repair these problems.

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Virus Shield 2009 Image
Read 23,536 times | Last updated on April 30, 2009

Virus Shield 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Virus Alarm and Virus Doctor. This rogue is promoted through the use of pop-ups that will appear when you are browsing the web. These pop-ups will state that you have some sort of security risk and then prompt you to run an online anti-malware scanner. When you click on the pop-up, you will automatically be brought to a web site that displays an advertisement that is pretending to be an online scanner. When this advertisement is finished it will state that your computer is infected and that you should download and install Virus Shield 2009 in order to protect yourself.

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CoreGuard Antivirus 2009 Image
Read 20,833 times | Last updated on April 29, 2009

CoreGuard Antivirus 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program discovered by security researcher S!RI, that uses an interesting trick in order to protect itself. This trick is to uninstall legitimate anti-malware programs when CoreGuard detects they are installed. When CoreGuard Antivirus 2009 starts it will examine the Windows Registry key that contains the list of programs that Windows knows how to uninstall from your computer.

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PCAntiMalware Image
Read 4,905 times | Last updated on April 27, 2009

PCAntiMalware is a a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Cleaner2009 and AntiMalwareSuite. PCAntiMalware is considered a rogue program because it is promoted through the use of Trojans and also displays false scan results as a tactic to have you purchase the software. When you are infected with certain Trojans you will begin to see messages from your Windows taskbar stating that your computer is infected and that you should install PCAntiMalware. When you click on these alerts, this program will be installed without your consent onto your computer. After downloading, PCAntiMalware will be configured to start automatically, and once running, scan your computer. When the scan has finished it will display a variety of fake infections, such as the KeyHost Trojan, but will not remove any of them until you purchase the program. These supposed infections, though, are all fake and are only being shown to scare you into purchasing the program.

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Badware Protector Image
Read 6,242 times | Last updated on April 25, 2009

Badware Protector is a a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as XP Antivirus 2008. Badware Protector uses false scan results as a trick to make you think that you are infected. In reality, though, these supposed infections do not actually exist on your computer. When installed, Badware Protector will be configured to start automatically when you turn on your computer. Once running, it will scan your computer and then display fake results, but will not allow you to remove them until you purchase the program. As you can see this is just a tactic being used to scare you into thinking you are infected in the hopes that you will purchase the program. It goes without saying that you should not do so.

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Advanced Spyware Detect Image
Read 7,155 times | Last updated on April 23, 2009

Advanced Spyware Detect is a a rogue program discovered by security researcher S!RI. This software pretends to be an anti-spyware program, but instead purposely displays legitimate programs on your computer as infections. When this program is installed it will be configured to start automatically when you boot your computer. Once started, it will scan your computer and randomly select various programs on your computer and state that they are infections. In fact, when testing this program it listed its own installer as malware. As you can see this program cannot be trusted and it is for this reason that we classified it as a rogue anti-spyware program.

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MalwareCleaner Image
Read 7,770 times | Last updated on April 22, 2009

Malware Cleaner is a rogue anti-spyware program that was discovered by security researcher S!RI. This program is classified as a rogue because it create numerous random named files on your computer that are used to impersonate infections. These files will then be detected by Malware Cleaner during as infections, but states it will not remove them until you purchase the software. These infections, though, are not actual programs but just files with random content that have no ability to harm your computer. These files are just being used to trick you into thinking you are infected so that you purchase MalwareCleaner.

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Extra Antivirus Image
Read 8,338 times | Last updated on April 20, 2009

Extra Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Virus Sweeper. Coincidentally, S!RI reports that another rogue with the same name was released at the same time that belongs to the family of rogues that include MS AntiSpyware 2009 and P Antispyware 09. Though this guide will remove both versions of Extra Antivirus, we will focus on the Virus Sweeper clone for the rest of this guide. I have, though, included images of both variants of Extra Antivirus in the screen shots below. The virus sweeper family of rogues has the unique characteristic of using a legitimate service as a way of distributing its files. This service is Google Code, which is a repository for programmers to store their programming source code and projects. When the Trojan is executed it will first connect to Google Code in order to try and download the entire Extra Antivirus program. If these files are not available it will then try to install the program via other servers under the malware developer's control.

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AV AntiSpyware Image
Read 25,021 times | Last updated on April 18, 2009

AV AntiSpyware is a clone of a widely spread rogue anti-spyware program called MS AntiSpyware 2009. This program is advertised and installed through the use of Trojans. When these Trojans are installed on your computer they will display fake security alerts stating that your computer is infected. When you click on these alerts it will automatically download and install AV AntiSpyware onto your computer. AV AntiSpyware is also advertised through the use of advertisements that pretend to be online anti-malware scanners. When these fake scanners finish they will state that your computer is infected and then prompt you to install AV AntiSpyware.

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WiniBlueSoft Image
Read 23,956 times | Last updated on April 20, 2009

WiniBlueSoft is a rogue anti-spyware program that deliberately creates fake malware files on your computer in order to trick you into thinking they are infections. These files, though, are not real executables or programs and therefore cannot harm your computer. These fake infection files are randomly made and created in your C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32 folders and you can have as many of 600+ of these types of files created. The reason WiniBlueSoft creates these files is so that you think your computer is badly infected and then you purchase the program.

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