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Is the security tool "SECURITY TOOL" legitimate?


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#1 AprilDawnC

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:47 PM

The problem started when I bought virus protection from a company that seemed reputable ($49.99) because my computer wouldn't work for 3 days (lots of red and pink warnings about how many viruses had now attacked my computer). I have a hard time knowing when to trust and not trust pop ups (valid "updates" make me nervous all the time), so when the company said buy our protection, I finally did. My computer went back to normal almost immediately, making me suspicious that they were the ones who plagued me. Another red alert was that i started getting lots of spam in my email account daily. I tried phoning the 1-800 number they provided and nobody ever answers. Then I stopped being able to create PDF files that week too. I feel like someone's got control of my computer now.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:47 AM

Sounds like you downloaded a rogue security program which infect machines by using social engineering and scams to trick a user into spending money to buy a an application which claims to remove malware and is often seen with SmitFraud and Vundo infections. SmitFraud is a generic description for a family of rogue applications/trojans such as Win32.Zlob which comes disguised as a fake codec that installs other malware or rogue security products like SpySheriff. Vundo is a Trojan that infects a system with malicious Browser Helper Objects and .dll (Dynamic Link Library) modules attached to system files like Winlogon and Explorer.exe. These infections are responsible for launching unwanted pop ups, advertising for rogue antispyware programs, and downloading more malicious files which hampers system performance. Many variants typically use bogus warning messages and alerts to indicate that your computer is infected with spyware or has critical errors as a scare tactic to goad you into downloading a malicious security application to fix it. The alerta can mimic system messages so they appear as if they are generated by the Windows Operating System. The problem with these types of infections is that they can download other malicious files so the extent of the infection can vary to include backdoor Trojans, Botnets, IRCBots and rootkits which make it more difficult to remove. For more specific information on how these types of rogue programs and infections install themselves, read:Please see How to Remove Security Tool/SecurityTool.
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