Fake Anti-virus ‘Windows Foolproof Protector’ on the Prowl
Enigma Software, a security company says that malware programs are constantly emerging that through scare tactics are duping PC-users into surfing on unintended websites. The latest in the band of such scareware applications is the Windows Foolproof Protector.
This one involves fake pop-up alerts along with false system scans typical of scareware scams that deceive victims with absurd findings.
One of the fake alerts that the Windows Foolproof Protector displays mentions an error because Trojan activity has been spotted that's causing risk to the security of system data; consequently, the user should enable his security software as well as execute a total scrutiny of his system.
Messages keep popping up till the end-user becomes convinced and purchases the so-called malware protection program the Windows Foolproof Protector Program.
Computer operators are being cautioned that buying the Windows Foolproof Protector won't at all help in eliminating any malicious software potentially on their computers. Worse still, researchers have detected one authorized edition of 'Windows Foolproof Protector' that's indistinguishable from the non-chargeable version loaded via some malware-laden website or a Trojan virus.
There are actually very few distinctions between Windows Foolproof Protector and other earlier detected fake anti-viruses namely Windows Pro Rescuer, Windows Safety Toolkit, Windows Safety Checkpoint, Windows antivirus Care and Windows Performance Adviser.
When in active state, Windows Foolproof Protector blocks several essential anti-malware or other security software. Thus, for deactivating Windows Foolproof Protector, the normal methods are re-starting the computer to take it to Safe Mode, or restarting it from any networked drive alternatively any detachable drive.
Security researchers state that Windows Foolproof Protector modifies registry entries as well as other system settings thereby diverting the end-user elsewhere from his Web-browser. That then makes other software inaccessible. Therefore, it's recommended that users must maintain manual malware eliminating modes certainly after being sure that their anti-malware software couldn't eliminate the Windows Foolproof Protector.
During the installation of Windows Foolproof, other malware too may get loaded. Hence, malware researchers advise end-users for running a full scan on their computers if they find that the Windows Foolproof has in any way infected their systems.
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» SPAMfighter News - 05-05-2012