How to protect your System from fake security software?
A couple months ago, a friend of mine downloaded a miraculous antivirus application online. He told me that it works wonders, and consistently captures a lot of viruses on his system. His only complaint was that he had to pay every time when the software removed malware off his system. After hearing his naive story, it took a lot of time for me to explain it to him that the antivirus is nonetheless a malicious fake security software ruining his system.
Most of us realize how important it is to install genuine security software on our system. But even today, gullible users get trapped into installing fake antivirus software on their systems. These rogue programs often hook you while you’re browsing the web by displaying a popup window warning that “Your Computer might be infected”. Often, the popup includes a link to download security software that attractively offers to solve the problem.
Here are some common traits of a fake security program-
- A professional looking graphical user interface: The interface of a software is the first thing the catches the user’s eye. Cybercriminals take a hard time in designing the interface which looks genuine to the user in the first look so that they can be trapped easily.
- Fake Warning: Most of the artificial security software incorporate some kind of fake warning saying “Your computer might be infected”, “Warning! Spyware detected on your system”. Users often get frightened by such alerts and click on the links which allows the malware to enter their system. As most of us are eager to get rid of any potential problems, it becomes much easier for cybercriminals to target us.
- Demands Ransom: The only motive driving these “Cyber Villains” is to drain your resources. And they will ensure that their malware does maximum damage to your computer and finances by duping you into paying for a Pc cleanup. But on the flipside you’re just fueling their malevolent intentions and
How to get rid of Fake Security Software?
If unfortunately, your system gets attacked by a malware then here are a few steps that might help you get rid of it:
1. Restart your system in safe mode: Press F8 key several times before windows begins to load. Tap F8 in one-second intervals until a text menu will appear displaying various options. Select “Safe mode with networking”.
2. Check for Infected files: Once you are logged in to the windows profile download a program named as Autorun for windows via the following link.
This utility program has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup system, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login.
3. Remove Suspected files: Once you have located the suspect file, right-click on it and select Jump to Folder. A window showing the location of the malware on your computer will automatically open. To remove the file, you must first right-click on the file and select Delete. You can now close the Autoruns window, and empty your Recycle Bin as well.
4. Delete All restore points: Open control panel, select System and Security, then click on System. In the left side of the System window, click and select System protection. (If Administrator permission is required, accept it). The System protection window will open and you need to switch to the System Protection tab at the top of the window selected. Click on the Configure button in the window (refer snapshot).
At this point all restore points have been removed, which means you have eliminated the risk of returning the computer to an earlier stage when it was infected.
5. This will open a new window, with Restore Settings at the top – at the bottom, look for “Delete all restore points” and click on the Delete button next to it Click Continue to confirm removal, then click on Close button when prompted.
6. Restart your computer in Normal Mode: Log in to your user account and observe system behavior. At this stage the Fake Antivirus infection should have been completely removed from your system.
The next section covers some proactive steps that will help protect yourself from us malicious threats:
- Make sure that you have a comprehensive security installed on your system (purchased from valid sources of course).
- Immediately click on close button or “x” as soon as you see a fake popup warning.
- If you are concerned regarding your system’s health, then run regular scans on your system through a legitimate security program. In this way we can always be prepared to fight against the fake softwares.
- Do not run applications coming from emails or downloaded from Internet if you are not sure they’re clean.
- Don’t fall for fake alerts that could compromise your personal and financial information.
Hope this article helped you in getting rid of the infectious malware. If you are unable to process any of the above steps then give us a call on our toll free number 855-765-6710(US, Canada) to seek instant tech assistance from our professionals.