Yesterday a friend called and told me the Windows Security Center reported that the Firewall and Automatic Updates were turned off. She has a Dell Dimension 3000 with XP SP3 & it has been running fine. I went to her house to see what had happened.
--- She subscribes to Newsmax newsletter and it turned out a link in their newsletter was the source of the problem.
Following is a snapshot of what happened
Her Newsmax newsletter included an ad that read “#1 Reason Your PC is Slow”
--- Clicking on the link that read “Click here to discover the free software” by Activeris
--- Which then brought up a FastAgain PC Booster website
--- The website includes Developed by Microsoft Partner Gold ISV on the right side which made her think Microsoft was letting her know it’s a good program
------ A little background here: Her & her husband think their computer runs slow compared to their neighbors computer
------ Well they are right but they are comparing their XP computer to a 2 year old Win7 64-bit computer
--- Anyway she clicked on the Download Now PC Cleaner and saw a recommendation to clean about 4,000 items or something like that. She clicked to download it but she quickly recognized whatever activity was going looked like trouble. Fortunately she was able to close out the download.
------ Personally I suspect she was lucky she could close out whatever activity was going on
--- After that the Windows Security Center then reported that the Firewall and Automatic Updates were turned off
So I went through the following actions
Ran Malwarebytes Free & it reported
--- Registry Data Items Detected: 3
--- HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center|AntiVirusDisableNotify (PUM.Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and repaired successfully
--- HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center|FirewallDisableNotify (PUM.Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and repaired successfully
--- HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center|UpdatesDisableNotify (PUM.Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and repaired successfully
Followup scan with Malwarebytes Free a 2nd time & Microsoft Security Essentials report 0 detections
--- Complete maintenance procedures were performed
--- I turned of System Restore and then re-enabled it as I believe that is good practice after a computer is cleaned out and running as it should
She tells me the computer ran fine the rest of yesterday and also today
My question is:
Is the Developed by Microsoft Partner Gold ISV misleading?
--- I don’t understand how a company can be a Microsoft Partner Gold ISV when in fact it can affect a computer that way
--- The FastAgain PC Booster website display is included at the end of this message so you can see what it looks like
I tried to paste the Print Screen picture of the FastAgain PC Booster website so you could see it but I couldn't figure out how to do so
--- I would appreciate it if someone can explain to me how to do that or lead me to the instructions on how to do so