Smart HDD is a brand new fake hard drive defragmenter (optimizer) with totally new remodeled interface that differs a lot from its various predecessors like System Check, for example. From what we’ve seen about this rogue, it does not yet cause so many problems as other, previous malwares of this group. What we mean by this is that Smart HDD does not hide your important data (files, folders, pictures, icons, shortcuts, programs, etc.). But who knows, maybe some time later the malware developers will decide to revive this practice for their subsequent malware creatures.
Archive for March, 2012
PRS for Music Your computer has been locked stands for a scam (ransomware) application that aims to collect funds from unwary PC users all over the world. It should be first noted that several weeks ago Performing Right Society organization (abbreviated as PRS) wrote an explanatory notice where they clearly stated that the scam is not associated with PRS for Music and that they are researching this case thoroughly. It is quite logical to ask ourselves why in the world this organization is so concerned about this malicious application. Obviously, this is due to the fact that the online frauds use their trademark and logo, together with Metropolitan police evidently, to design this scareware as the real warning that allegedly appeared in front of your screen, being supposedly originated by the law enforcement bodies of the UK. This badware is especially severe sample and, regretfully, is very persistent at this very present time. Thus, what does this scam perform in particular? As soon as it is successfully implanted into your machine, it obtains total control over your Desktop with quite a professionally designed and written full-screen notice indicating to be originated by PRS for Music and Metropolitan Police law enforcement bodies. Here is how this scam depicts itself on a real computer:
Illegale activiteit gedetecteerd! This is the title of a new ransomware program that has been recently launched by online hackers to implement the massive attack on computers in the Nethrlands. The program, as we said, acts like ransomware, so it totally hijacks the infected computer and does not let user do anything with it. Ofren, in the majority of the cases, rebooting your system into safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt of simply safe mode does not bring the desired results. This scareware device appears again and doesn’t let user do anything with it. In addition, the program accuses users of doing many bad and illegal things. Thus, this infection is similar to many other viruses, and it tells that users were found to watch illegal information over the Internet, to spread and promote it. Additionally, the accusation comes up also about user’s support of terrorist activities and sending spam messages. Keep in mind that what you hear from this program does not correspond with the true facts. The reality is that this malware was prepared and launched into the world wide web specifically to trick and deceive users by making them effect the payment as the ransom to unlock the PC. The price instructed by this hoax is 100 Euros. Users are told to effect the payment via Ukash or Paysafecard payment systems (primarily represented in Europe). This is how the frauds expect to collect the most of money they can. And here is the sample of what the hoax literally tells users of infected machines:
Tietoverkkorikosten Tutkinnan Yksikko is the title of a new ransomware-type virus that now attacks Finland. Not so many security sites tell about this problem, by the way. Even those that do enlighten this issue often fail to provide good malware removal instructions, thus leaving users without professional help and assistance on restoration of their computers back to the normal, fully-functional mode. Regretfully, quite a large number of computers in Finland and, possibly, some other European countries have suffered from the attack of this serious infection that takes the infected computer hostage and locks it completely, without giving a chance to do anything with it. Here is what the ransomware virus says in Finnish:
System Check virus returns to infect more PCs worldwide. This is a fake system analysis tool that can bring a real damage to your system. At present time there are a lot of programs that can trick you and scare you into buying their fake and helpless products. The above-mentioned software is not an exception. This is a scam that has its own aims inside of your machine. As soon as you catch the virus it begins to work as a safe program. That means it shows you some alerts about the state of your PC. In such notifications it shows you various system errors, problems and bugs. In addition to that System Check can give you the misleading information about various system files and folders you do not even have on your PC. This is why users should remember that all information they receive from this malady and the viruses of this type is fake. This useless utility does all it can to make its aim real, and its aim is to get your funds whatever it takes.
Internet Security is a rogue security application with the slogan titled as “designed to protect”, but this is, no doubt, a wrong impression about real capabilities of this hoax to delete viruses. The application merely has just one file (amsecure.exe) and one registry entry, still, it completely disables user’s attempts to remove it easily, using the general software uninstall principles and approaches. When someone tries to run available (already installed) anti-malware program the malware says that the file you attempt to execute is infected with W32.Blaster.Worm trojan horse. Task Manager is also disabled so that user would not be able to terminate amsecure.exe (the main process of Internet Security fake antivirus). Likewise, trying to download certain security programs over the Internet bring no positive outcome, the same fictitious message of Internet Security comes up and scares you with the notification that the file you attempt to download is infected with W32.Blaster.Worm. This is how many people got scared, especially after they received many other fake security notifications, popups and warnings of this rogue about all kinds of threats unveiled by it during its fake scan. Such scan is initiated together with every system startup, i.e. immediately when you launch your PC.
The United States of America are these days being massively targeted with a relatively new ransomware hijacker (virus). We said “relatively” because the virus has been encountered in many countries before but it now has a different name, whereas the principles of its malicious activity remained the same. The virus is masked as fake US Department of Justice warning about illegal activities supposedly revealed on your computer (either during your work with it or with the work of other people). It is titled as Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section notice, but, as we said, these are fake messages users might get on their screens from time to time. Needless to say, such piece of lie must not be trusted by you. Please pay attention to the information you see below. Here is the fake accusation users could get when surfing the web and eventually being infected with the above-said ransomware Trojan.
This program is not the “best virus protection” in the full sense of this word. Instead, this is one of the worst anti-malware tools you’ve ever seen. To be more precise, it is totally incapable of deleting real security threats that have been so massive over the past few days. And here comes Best Virus Protection malware program (rogue) and tells that it is the most excellent solution you’ve found for your PC. Surely, this is quite luring and make some people consider it as a probable solution for their cyber safety. But the complete and thorough analysis of this software sets all things at their place. The conclusion we draw about this tool isn’t that promising as the safe-appraisals of such seemingly effective application. Moreover, it imitates the traits and the features of MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) legitimate antivirus from Microsoft Inc. Still, there is a huge difference between these two. MSE is totally free and it detects real threats, whereas Best Virus Protection asks users to pay for its license to remove threats that don’t really exist.
Instead of healing your PC as all doctors should, Windows Personal Doctor is like a cancer disease that spreads all over the IT world today. So, it infects computers by means of its contagious installers and indeed causes horror in the minds of those users that aren’t aware of its malicious origin. The poorest case is when some people actually trust the facts with which this program deceives them. The mask it wears has the goal to whitelist its covetous plans and motives. However, when we unveil it we can discover the true plots of what this hoax is all about. No doubt, this is the program to avoid by all means, without hesitation. Similarly, its removal is what must be implemented at once, as soon as you identify its presence on your system. Otherwise, beyond any doubt, you are making your system even more addicted to more serious cyber diseases that can undermine your privacy and security that all of us need so desperately.
Antimalware PC Safety is a rogue antivirus imitating Microsoft Security Essentials. Even though these two programs look typically the same there is a crucial difference between them. One of them is a hoax whereas the other is legitimate. One reports fake infections and asks for a fee to buy its helpless license, whereas the other is totally free to detect and remove real security threats. Be careful when you catch Antimalware PC Safety. This is the fake anti-malware software that has the aim to steal funds from you if you trust what it tells you. So, ignore its fake statements, reports and scary notifications (there will be a bunch of them). This malware tool enters PC without user’s permission, modifies the system to be launched automatically together with every Windows startup. This results in appearance of the rogue in front of infected desktop once you launch Windows operating system. Once the hoax gets successfully installed and then launched it starts implementing its malicious plan to scare users with its bountiful bogus virus reports and popups. The sole goal of this rogue is to make you believe your system is in danger. No doubt, the very fact of appearance of Antimalware PC Safety on your computer tells of poor security level of your computer. But, on the other hand, Antimalware PC Safety is not the software that can improve security protection of your computer.