My Favorite Computer Virus : I would like to make my first real post about a certain Rouge security program. Win Anti Virus 2009. This type of attack provides the bread and butter for your local computer repair man. There are many others like it, but this one in particular keeps the new customers calling.
Sometimes they will call, state that they have a virus. When I ask them what antivirus program they have, they will say,”Win Antivirus 2009.”
It appears on their screen and stays glued there until it’s removed. It really looks legitimate, and more than a few of my customer have given their credit card info. I have never stayed in touch long enough to find out if the credit card ever gets abused.
These customers almost always have antivirus programs with expired subscriptions. They never pay attention to the little red exclamation mark, covering the icon of your antivirus program. Some people end up with viruses because they don’t know how to protect themselves, and others because they are lazy.
Rogue security programs remind me of a persistent beggar. Even if you give them some money, they will just ask for more. SO DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO.
These programs always come with a nasty cocktail of viruses and spyware. It may seem like a giant pain in the rear, but Rouge Security Programs can be removed. It may block some of your resources, such as your ability to update you Antivirus programs. It may also block access to your antispyware programs.
Your best bet is to have adequate protection before you come into contact with it, but should you find yourself in this sort of a bind. Help is available if you need it.