There is a kind of competition between users and providers of security tools from one side and hackers creating and spreading security threats, from the other. Generic infection commonly known as Fake Security Update for Windows is a striking example as it is toping ratings of the most successful (of course, from the hacker’s point of view) in November 2010.
These Fake Updates is a second crop of programs faking antivirus solution. They dupe users and antivirus tools using the same program code and changing only name of program in user’s interface. This enables to instantly release dozens of different programs in the eyes of regular users.
However, in the eyes of professionals, meaning both tools and IT experts, it is just the same program code. First generation of threats has even one and same system name of executable (AV.exe). The problem that there are so many names for this adware that they cannot be described in time to provide online help for users of weakly protected machines. Fortunately, computer systems enjoying due protection are not subjected by the rogue antispyware. In the meantime, other users that identify the threat by its name and subsequently seek the way, for instance, to remove Vista Security 2011 or get rid of XP Guard popups could fail to obtain relevant security tips and descriptions.
The first wave of the threats is already described in IT threat reports of major IT security websites so that the removal tips for a Fake Security Update for Windows of first generation are available upon request to Google, e.g. remove AntiSpyware Vista 2010.
Below you can find a list of fake antispyware that belong to Fake Updates released in November 2011. The list might be extended and the series of articles will be established in such a case to keep you informed of newly released counterfeits. The current list highlights recently released adware of the above family. Any of the entries can be removed following the tips you can get from the relevant articles, e.g. specified in the source box below:
AntiSpywareXP2011, AntiSpyware Vista 2011, AntivirusXP2011, Total Win 7 Security 2011, Total Win 7 Security 2011, XP AntiSpyware 2011, Win 7 Antispyware 2011, Vista Security Tool 2011, XP Guard, XP Security 2011, Vista Security 2011, Vista Internet Security 2011,Win 7 Internet Security 2011, XP Internet Security 2011, Vista Internet Security 2011, Win 7 Internet Security 2011
Andrew Tsap, Moscow, Russia, Kievskaya str, 16, appt 13, firstname.lastname@example.org. Place of birth and habitat is Russia, IT expert, graduate from IT Academy in Moscow in 2001. I know many people spreading Internet threats. I used to mate with them before their starting with this kind of crime. I am here to help fighting Internet threats, most of which come from Russia.
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