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WinBlueSoft Image
Read 23,338 times | Last updated on June 3, 2009

WinBlueSoft is a rogue anti-spyware and ransomware program from the same family as WiniBlueSoft. This incarnation, though, uses some interesting tricks to keep itself from being removed and to force you to install WinBlueSoft in order to try and fix your computer. First, Trojans will constantly bombard you with security alerts stating your computer is horribly infected and that you should download and install WinBlueSoft in order to clean your computer. These types of alerts, though, are common for programs of this nature. It is another part part of the malware recipe that WinBlueSoft uses called blocker.dll that makes this infection more devastating. Blocker.dll is a malware file that is loaded through the Windows AppInit_DLLs Registry value. When loaded, blocker.dll will make it so that you cannot launch any programs unless the program's filename is among the 53 filenames that it allows such as iexplore.exe, explorer.exe, sidebar.exe, and of course WinBlueSoft.exe. Essentially, the blocker.dll is acting as Ransomware requiring you to install and purchase WinBlueSoft, so that WinBlueSoft can then remove blocker.dll and allow you to launch your normal programs. Furthermore, when blocker.dll is loaded for the first time it will change your desktop to a black background with dark red ominous text written over it.

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UnVirex Image
Read 6,540 times | Last updated on June 2, 2009

UnVirex is a rogue anti-virus program that purposely displays false or exaggerated scan results stating that your computer is infected. The program shows these results in order to try and convince you that you are infected so that you purchase the UnVirex program. When installed, UnVirex will be configured to automatically scan your computer when you login to Windows. It will then repeatedly prompt you to purchase a license of UnVirex in order to remove these so-called infections.

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Advanced Virus Remover Image
Read 116,229 times | Last updated on May 31, 2009

Advanced Virus Remover is a scareware program that pretends to be an anti-virus program. In reality, though, this program is programmed to show that your computer is infected even if it is not. It does this in order to scare you into thinking you are infected and thus scamming you into purchasing the program. When Advanced Virus Remover is installed it will be configured to start automatically, and when started, will supposedly scan your computer for infections. When the scan is complete it will state that your computer has numerous infections that it will not remove until you purchase the program.

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Presto TuneUp Image
Read 7,836 times | Last updated on May 22, 2009

Presto TuneUp is a scareware program that pretends to be a Windows optimization program. It includes features such as a Disk Doctor, a Startup Manager, Privacy Guard, and the System Doctor. The problem is that none of these tools actually do what they are said to do. Instead this program will scan your computer and list a variety of problems that will not be fixed unless you first purchase the program. This is why Presto TuneUp is classified as a Scareware, or rogue, program; because it attempts to scare you into thinking you are infected in the hopes that you purchase it. While the program is running you will also see alerts being displayed from your Windows taskbar. These alerts are further attempts to scare you into thinking that your computer has a problem.

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Fast Antivirus 2009 Image
Read 20,886 times | Last updated on May 22, 2009

Fast Antivirus 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Malware Catcher 2009 and Virus Sweeper. Like its predecessors, Fast Antivirus is distributed by hosting its files on the Google service called Google Code. They host their files on Google Code because it will make it harder for companies to block installations without blocking a legitimate Google site. Once installed, Fast Antivirus will create numerous fake infections on your computer that will be detected when it scans your computer. These fake infection files are actually harmless and have no way of infecting your computer because they are not valid programs that can be run.

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Secure Antivirus Pro Image
Read 14,879 times | Last updated on May 16, 2009

Secure Antivirus Pro is a rogue anti-spyware supposedly created by GuardDog Computing, Ltd. This program, though does not actually clean your computer as advertised. Instead it will pretend to scan it and then display results stating that your computer is infected with a variety of malware. None of these infections, though, are actually real. Tthey are just being shown to you in order to scare you into thinking you are infected so that you purchase Secure Antivirus Pro. While running, Secure Antivirus Pro will also display fake security warnings stating that Identity Theft has been detected or that you are infected with the Virut virus. These alerts are just further ways the program is trying to convince you that you are infected.

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Malware Catcher 2009 Image
Read 19,399 times | Last updated on May 9, 2009

Malware Catcher 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family of rogue software products as Virus Shield 2009 and Virus Sweeper. This program is advertised through the use of Trojans and fake online scanners that display alerts stating that your computer is infected and then prompts you to download and install Malware Catcher 2009 onto your computer. When the program is installed on your computer it will be configured to start automatically. The installation process will also create a variety of fake infection files that will be detected when Malware Catcher 2009 scans your computer. These fake infection files, though, are harmless and cannot harm your computer in any way. They are only being used to scare you into thinking you are infected so that you purchase the program.

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PCPrivacy Defender Image
Read 4,331 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 23,666 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 20,960 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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