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The worst of the worst - Top malware threats on the internet
Added by Michael Cummins of Computer Assistant
Thursday, April 1, 2010


Security Essentials 2010

Security Essentials 2010 is a rogue anti-spyware program and is a predecessor of bogus programs XP Internet Security 2010, Internet Security 2010, Vista Internet Security 2010, Antivir 2010, and Vista Guardian 2010.

Security Essentials 2010 is installed onto a user’s computer due to a trojan downloader, mostly found on fake video codec downloads. Once the trojan has infiltrated the computer, Security Essentials 2010 is programmed to begin running at Windows startup, performing a fake scan of the computer and reporting imaginary threat results in order to frighten the user into purchasing the full version of Security Essentials 2010. The bogus program Security Essentials 2010 is not endorsed or affiliated with Webroot’s Internet Security Essentials 2010.

Cyber-criminals and rogue devel opers name their rogue programs similar to reputable security programs to gain the user’s confidence. Rogue developers even use well known images and logos to make their bogus programs’ interface and alerts look more professional.

Security Antivirus

Security Antivirus is a variant of the rogue anti-virus program Windows System Suite. Security Antivirus uses a Trojan virus to penetrate a computer by exploiting system vulnerabilities. Once active, Security Antivirus redirects the Internet browser to a fake online virus scanner that will produce false information and alert visitors of infections on the computer. A popup prompt will soon follow, urging the unwary user to purchase and install a licensed version of Security Antivirus. Do not become a victim of cyber fraud by falling for this scam. This rogue program must be removed using a legitimate security program as soon as possible.

Paladin Antivirus

Paladin Antivirus is a rogue anti-virus application created by the same authors of the rogueware Malware Defense. Paladin Antivirus is distributed by Trojans that can sneak it onto a computer without a user’s knowledge or permission. Once inside a PC, Paladin Antivirus will launch a fake system scan and claim to detect numerous computer threats that can only be removed with its “full” version.

Paladin Antivirus often creates a registry entry that will ensure that it is loaded with every system start-up. Paladin Antivirus will also locate a list of legitimate security applications and direct the user to uninstall them. These security applications include: F-Secure, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, Avira AntiVir, NOD32, avast! and more. All scan reports or security alerts displayed by PaladinAntivirus should be ignored.

Vista Internet Security 2010

Vista Internet Security 2010 is a misleading anti-spyware program from a group of OS-specific rogue security programs. Vista Internet Security 2010 is a clone of rogueware such as Vista Antispyware 2010 and Vista Antivirus Pro 2010. Vista Internet Security 2010 is known to conduct fake system scans and launch annoying pop-ups or fake security warnings to scare a victim into purchasing its full version in order to remove the “detected” malware. Vista Internet Security 2010 is distributed by Trojans that can be found in infected shareware or video codec downloads. Once detected, Vista Internet Security 2010 should be removed with a legitimate security tool.

Vista Guardian 2010

Vista Guardian 2010 is rogueware from the same family as Win 7 Antispyware 2010 and Vista Antispyware 2010. These rogue security applications are able to change their names according to the Operating System found running on a compromised PC. The trial version of Vista Guardian 2010 is able to enter a PC without a user’s permission, via Trojan that can exploit existing vulnerabilities. Vista Guardian 2010 uses scare tactics that involve the displaying of fake security alerts and pop-up windows, as well as the running of a bogus system scans that automatically detect malware on a compromised PC. Following the numerous security notifications, the victim will be advised to purchase the “full version” of Vista Guardian 2010 in order to remove the threats. No matter how many security alerts are displayed, Vista Guardian 2010 should never be purchased as it is a useless application.

Antivir 2010

Antivir 2010 is a fake anti-virus application stemming from the same family as Antivir and Alpha Antivirus. Antivir 2010 can be installed onto a system by ignorant users who accept the offer advertised on malicious online scanners, for a free version of Antivir 2010. Antivir 2010 can also be secretly installed onto a system by stealthy Trojans. On execution, Antivir 2010 will launch deceitful pop-ups, security warnings and online scan reports in order to trick the user into believing that the system is infested with dangerous malware. The user will then be given the option to pay for the “full version” of Antivir 2010 in order to remove all the threats. Ignore all security warnings displayed by Antivir 2010 and never purchase this rogue application.

Antivirus XP 2010

Antivirus XP 2010 is a deceptive anti-virus application created by cyber-criminals in order to trick users into spending their money on it. Antivirus XP 2010 can be obtained via malicious downloads or websites, and then installed onto systems by sneaky Trojans. On entering a computer system, Antivirus XP 2010 will flood a victim’s screen with fake security alerts, pop-ups and fake online system scans claiming that the system is infecting with dangerous malware. Following the alarming security notifications, the victim will be strongly advised to purchase the “full version” of Antivirus XP 2010 in order to remove all the detected malware. Antivirus XP 2010 is not legitimate and it can neither locate nor exterminate any computer threats.

XP Guardian

XP Guardian is a fake anti-spyware application descending from the same family as Antivirus Pro 2010 and PC Antispyware 2010. XP Guardian is distributed by Trojans and generates fake online system scans that produce exaggerated results of malware infections on a system. XP Guardian also displays security notifications and pop-ups to further scare a user into purchasing its “full version”. Users should never spend their money on XP Guardian; it is not a legitimate security application.

XP Internet Security 2010

XP Internet Security 2010 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Internet Security 2010. XP Internet Security 2010 is usually surreptitiously installed onto a user’s computer by a malicious Trojan. On installation, XP Internet Security 2010 will register itself in the Windows registry so that it automatically runs every time the system is started up. XP Internet Security 2010 will also modify system settings, resulting in certain security applications being disabled. XP Internet Security 2010 will then conduct bogus system scans and report false malware infections as well as display fake security alerts and annoying pop-ups. Users should ignore these security alerts as they are fake and only displayed in order to trick users into purchasing the useless XP Internet Security 2010 application.

Security Tool

Security Tool is a fake anti-spyware program that through the use of deceiving tactics, is able to extort money from unsuspecting computer users. Security Tool uses fake system alerts and falsified system scans to persuade purchase of the Security Tool application.

Security Tool comes from the same group of hackers that develop and spread the rogue anti-spyware programs Total Security 2009 and System Security. Security Tool is not an effective tool for the detection and removal of computer parasites.


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