Top 7 Misleading Applications affecting Windows


Misleading applications are spyware/virus that appears to be legitimate products.They intentionally generate false report about computer security and convince the user to download malware to fix the security of the system. These Misleading applications looks convincing- they have their own websites and user testimonial. They are often found as advertisements on various forums and blogs.

Top Seven Misleading applications affecting Windows Operating System are discussed:

1. AntiVirus2009 – Antivirus2009 is a rouge software that generate exaggerated security reports about the system. The fake infections are shown and the user is prompted to buy the full version to remove these threats. It hijacks Internet Explorer and sometime Google’s homepage to display fake security messages. It can be easily removed using Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware.
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2. AntiVirusXP2008 – AntiVirusXP2008 works in the same way as AntiVirus2009. Fake securty threats are displayed and the user is prompted to buy the full version to remove threats. It changes the desktop background which display fake messages. Popups and fake alerts are also displayed about your computer is being attacked, and a fake Internet Explorer page that states Google has found your computer to be infected. It can also be removed by Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware.
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3. SpySheriff – It is a SmitFraud Variant and works in the same ways as AntiVirusXP2008. Apart from fake desktops and popups it also displays a fake taskbar tooltip displaying fake security alert. It can be fixed by SmitFraud Fix
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4. MalwareWipe – MalwareWipe,MalwareWiped, and MalwareWipePro are exactly same softwares. Symptoms are same as that of SpySheriff. It can also be fixed by SmitFraud Fix.
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5. TheRegistrySentinel – When infected with this malware, your computer will typically have the Locker.exe, or TROJ_RANSOM.B, file installed. Utilizing Locker.exe, Your Web Safe will display a purchase screen that cannot be closed unless you first purchase the software. It also disables several common windows shortcuts like Ctrl+Alt+Del, Alt+Tab etc. It can be disabled by using Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware.
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6. VirusRemover2008 – VirusRemover2008 is a misleading, or rogue, anti-spyware program that deliberately displays false scan results in order to scare you into purchasing the software. When installed, VirusRemover2008 will automatically scan your computer and list a variety of infections supposedly found on your computer. To remove these infections, though, you are first required to purchase the software. As the program itself is the infection, you should avoid buying it. It can be disabled by using Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware.
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7. Virus Doctor – If you install Virus Doctor, the program will be configured to start automatically when you login to Windows. Once running it will scan your computer and display numerous infections on your computer that cannot be removed unless you first purchase the program. The infections that are shown, though, are all fake and are only being displayed to make you think you are infected and thus trick you into purchasing the software. It can be disabled by using Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware.
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