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Fake Antivirus Software Making Billions-Fake or Rogue Antivirus Software is extorting billions of dollars from PC users across the globe. I’ll name some names in a little bit, but for now let me describe there Modus Operandi (mode of operation), as well as how to remove them for free.
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This is what happens essentially
Step 1) User browses site(s) and may download some software that is valid, but bundled with some fake anti virus. Or user is prompted to agree to some terms on a website that start a silent installer, or user is prompted to install a plug-in to view a page or movie that does an install.

Step 2) Fake “scans” of your hard drive pop-up. Note: These can be browser ased (in internet explorer) or in a standalone Windows Application. These fake scans warn users on non-existent threats. Don’t buy the software!

Step 3) User activity is usually blocked as users computer is hijacked and the user is forced to pay a fee to remove the app. Fee is usually $20-$60 dollars.

Rolling in Cash
These companies that make this software should be thrown into jail. This is extortion. The internet is the wild wild west however when it comes to crap like this. So questions like where to try the accused, what to charge them with, and things like that are totally unprecedented.

Fake Antivirus Software Making Billions

Fake or Rogue Antivirus Software is extorting billions of dollars from PC users across the globe.

I’ll name some names in a little bit, but for now let me describe there Modus Operandi (mode of operation), as well as how to remove them for free.

This is what happens essentially
Step 1) User browses site(s) and may download some software that is valid, but bundled with some fake antivirus. Or user is prompted to agree to some terms on a website that start a silent installer, or user is prompted to install a plugin to view a page or movie that does an install.

Step 2) Fake “scans” of your hard drive pop-up. Note: These can be browser ased (in internet explorer) or in a standalone Windows Application. These fake scans warn users on non-existent threats. Don’t buy the software!

Step 3) User activity is usually blocked as users computer is hijacked and the user is forced to pay a fee to remove the app. Fee is usually $20-$60 dollars.

Rolling in Cash
These companies that make this software should be thrown into jail. This is extortion. The internet is the wild wild west however when it comes to crap like this. So questions like where to try the accused, what to charge them with, and things like that are totally unprecedented.

How to Remove Rogue Software
Well I’ve used everything from SpyBot to AdAware with not luck. I did stumble upon a free application called MalWareBytes that is the best thing since sliced bread. [Downlaod Tool Free Here]

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Known Rogue / Fake Virus (list from MalwareBytes)

  1. Click Spy Clean
  2. Percent Anti-Spyware
  3. stAntiVirus
  4. AntiSpyware
  5. Ad Butcher
  6. Ad-Protect
  7. AdArmor
  8. AddwareRemover
  9. Addwere
  10. AdEradicator
  11. AdFlusher
  12. ADS Adware Remover
  13. Ads Alert
  14. AdScrub
  15. AdStriker
  16. AdsZapper
  17. AdvancedCleaner
  18. Adware Agent
  19. Adware Bazooka
  20. Adware Butcher
  21. Adware Cops
  22. Adware Punisher
  23. Adware Remover Gold
  24. AdwareBlaster
  25. AdwareBlocker
  26. AdwareCatch
  27. AdwareCatcher
  28. AdwareCheck
  29. AdwareChecker
  30. AdwareCleaner
  31. AdwareCrusher
  32. AdwareDelete
  33. AdwareDestroyer
  34. AdwareDetect
  35. AdwareEradicator
  36. AdwareEraser
  37. AdwareFlush
  38. AdwareFlusher
  39. AdwareGuard
  40. AdwareGuardian
  41. AdwareInspector
  42. AdwarePatrol
  43. AdwarePolice
  44. AdwarePro
  45. AdwareRemover
  46. AdwareSanitizer
  47. AdwareScanner
  48. AdwareScrub
  49. AdwareScrubber
  50. AdwareSheriff
  51. AdwareShield
  52. AdwareShredder
  53. AdwareSpy
  54. AdwareSquash
  55. AdwareSquasher
  56. AdwareStopper
  57. AdwareStriker
  58. AdwareSweep
  59. AdwareSweeper
  60. AdwareTerminator
  61. AdwareWasher
  62. AdwareWatch
  63. AdwareWipe
  64. AdwareZapper
  65. AdWash
  66. AgentSpyware
  67. AGuardDog Suite
  68. AlertSpy
  69. AlfaCleaner
  70. Anti Virus Pro
  71. Anti-Virus and Spyware
  72. Anti-Virus and Trojan
  73. AntieSpiaDorado
  74. AntieSpionsPack
  75. AntiGusanos
  76. AntiSpionage
  77. AntiSpionagePro
  78. AntiSpy
  79. AntiSpyCheck
  80. AntiSpyGuard
  81. AntiSpyPro
  82. AntiSpyStorm
  83. AntiSpyware Soldier
  84. AntiSpywareBoss
  85. AntiSpywareShield
  86. AntiSpywareSuite
  87. AntiSpyZone
  88. AntiThiefWare
  89. AntiVer
  90. AntiVermeans
  91. AntiVermins
  92. AntiVerminser
  93. AntiVirGear
  94. AntiVirus Golden
  95. Antivirus Protection
  96. Antivirus Solution
  97. AntiVirusPro
  98. AntiWorm
  99. AntiWurm
  100. AnyCleaner
  101. ArmorWall
  102. AVSystemCare
  103. Awola
  104. BazookaBar
  105. BestsellerAntivirus
  106. BotSquash
  107. BPS Security Console
  108. BPS Spyware Remover
  109. BraveSentry
  110. Break Spyware
  111. Bug Doctor
  112. CleanX
  113. CodeClean
  114. ContraVirus
  115. Copperhead AntiSpyware
  116. CryptDrive
  117. CurePcSolutions Anti-Spyware
  118. DefenseAntiMalware
  119. Defenza
  120. Deus Cleaner
  121. DioCleaner
  122. DirectAccess
  123. DirectVideo
  124. Doctor Adware
  125. Doctor Adware Pro
  126. DoctorCleaner
  127. DoctorVaccine
  128. DrAntispy
  129. Draze Toolbar
  130. DriveCleaner
  131. DrProtection
  132. EAdwareKiller
  133. EAdwareRemoval
  134. EAdwareRemover
  135. EAntiSpyware
  136. Easy Erase Spyware Remover
  137. Easy Spyware Killer
  138. Easy Spyware Scanner
  139. Elite Codec
  140. EliteProtector
  141. ErrClean
  142. Error Fix
  143. Error Fixer
  144. Error Scan and Fix
  145. ErrorDigger
  146. ErrorDoctor
  147. ErrorInspector
  148. ErrorNuker
  149. ErrorProtector
  150. ErrorSafe
  151. ESpywareBlocker
  152. ESpywareDefender
  153. ESpywareKiller
  154. ESpywareRemoval
  155. ESpywareRemover
  156. ESpywareScanner
  157. ETD Security Scanner
  158. Evidence Eliminator
  159. Evidence Eraser Pro
  160. ExpertAntivirus
  161. EZVideo
  162. FastCleaner
  163. Files Secure
  164. FiltroDeTrojan
  165. Fix Registry Errors
  166. FixerAntispy
  167. Fixiter
  168. Flobo Spyware Clean
  169. Free Spyware Adware Scanner and Remover
  170. Froggie Scan
  171. FullSystemProtection
  172. Gold Codec
  173. GoldenAntiSpy
  174. GoodByeSpy
  175. GuardBar
  176. GuardCenter
  177. HitVirus
  178. IC Spyware Scanner
  179. IE Defender
  180. IECodec
  181. IHateAdware
  182. Image Access ActiveX Object
  183. Image ActiveX Access
  184. InstallProvider
  185. iSpyKiller
  186. Kazaap
  187. Keep Your Privacy
  188. KeineGefahr
  189. KillAndClean
  190. KillSpy
  191. KnowHowProtection
  192. LiveAntispy
  193. LiveProtect
  194. LiveProtection
  195. MagicAntispy
  196. Malware Scanner
  197. MalwareAlarm
  198. MalwareBurn
  199. MalwareCore
  200. MalwareCrush
  201. MalwareDestructor
  202. MalwarePro
  203. MalwareStopper
  204. MalwaresWipeds
  205. MalwareWipe
  206. MalwareWipe Pro
  207. MalwareWiped
  208. MalwareWiper
  209. Malwarrior
  210. Media-Codec
  211. MenaceRescue
  212. MenaceSecure
  213. MovCodec
  214. MovieBox
  215. MrAntiSpy
  216. My Privacy
  217. MyBugFreePc
  218. MyNetProtector
  219. MySpyProtector
  220. Neospace Internet Security
  221. NetBrowserPro
  222. Netcom Cleaner
  223. NetPumper
  224. NoWayVirus
  225. Online Privacy Pro
  226. OnlineGuard
  227. OrantieSpion
  228. OSBOdyGuard
  229. Page Cannot Be Displayed
  230. PAL Spyware Remover
  231. PC Error Eliminator
  232. PC Health Plan
  233. PCCleaner
  234. PcSecureSystem
  235. PCSleek Error Cleaner
  236. Perfect Codec
  237. PerfectCleaner
  238. PerformanceOptimizer
  239. PestBot
  240. PestCapture
  241. PestTrap
  242. PestWiper
  243. PornoPlayer
  244. Privacy Fusion
  245. Privacy Keeper
  246. Privacy Redeemer
  247. PrivacyCrusader
  248. PrivacyProtector
  249. PurityScan
  250. Quality Codec
  251. RazeSpyware
  252. RebrandSoft AdwareSpyware Remover
  253. RegFreeze
  254. Registry Cleaner
  255. Registry Doc
  256. Registry Fix It
  257. Registry Optimizer
  258. Registry Repair
  259. RegistryCare
  260. Remedy AntiSpy
  261. RescateDeAmenazas
  262. Restore My Files
  263. Rogue.Infector
  264. Rogue.Misc
  265. SafeAndClean
  266. SaferScan
  267. SafeStrip
  268. Scan and Repair Utilities
  269. ScanSpyware
  270. SearchAndDestroy
  271. SecureCleaner
  272. SecureMyPc
  273. Silver Codec
  274. SiteTicket
  275. Soft Codec
  276. SpamBlockerUtility
  277. Spy Analyst
  278. Spy Cleaner Platinum
  279. Spy Defence
  280. Spy Guardian Pro
  281. Spy iBlock
  282. Spy Reaper
  283. Spy Sniper
  284. Spy-Kill
  285. Spy-Rid
  286. SpyAway
  287. SpyAxe
  288. SpyBurner
  289. SpyButcher
  290. SpyContra
  291. SpyCrush
  292. SpyCut
  293. SpyDawn
  294. SpyDeface
  295. SpyDestroy Pro
  296. SpyFalcon
  297. SpyFerret
  298. SpyFighter
  299. SpyFighterPro
  300. SpyFlusher
  301. SpyHazard
  302. SpyHeal
  303. Spyinator
  304. SpyKillerPro
  305. SpyLax
  306. SpyLocked
  307. SpyMarshal
  308. SpyOfficer
  309. SpyPry
  310. SpyRemove
  311. SpyRemover
  312. SpySanitizer
  313. SpySheriff
  314. SpyShield
  315. SpyShredder
  316. SpySoap
  317. SpySoldier
  318. SpySquash
  319. SpyStriker
  320. SpyTrooper
  321. SpyVampire
  322. SpyVest
  323. SpyViper
  324. Spyware and Adware Removal
  325. Spyware Catch
  326. Spyware Cops
  327. Spyware Disinfector
  328. Spyware Hospital
  329. Spyware IT
  330. Spyware Nuker
  331. Spyware Nuker XT
  332. Spyware Quake
  333. Spyware Removal Wizard
  334. Spyware Remover (SpyAdvanced)
  335. Spyware Scrapper
  336. Spyware Seizer
  337. Spyware Sledgehammer
  338. Spyware Stormer
  339. Spyware Striker Pro
  340. Spyware-Secure
  341. Spyware-Sweeper
  342. SpywareAnnihilatorPro
  343. SpywareBomb
  344. SpywareButcher
  345. SpywareCleaner
  346. SpywareDetector
  347. SpywareFlusher
  348. SpywareHound
  349. SpywareIsolator
  350. SpywareKnight
  351. SpywareLocked
  352. SpywareLocker
  353. SpywarePolice
  354. SpywareScrub
  355. SpywareSeeker
  356. SpywareShield
  357. SpywareSoftStop
  358. SpywareSolver
  359. SpywareSquash
  360. SpywareSterilizer
  361. SpywareStrike
  362. SpywareStriker
  363. SpywareThis
  364. SpywareWipe
  365. SpyWarp
  366. SpyWipe
  367. StartGuard
  368. StopingSpy
  369. StorageProtector
  370. SunShineSpy
  371. Super Codec
  372. SysCleaner
  373. SysProtect
  374. SystemDefender
  375. SystemDoctor
  376. SystemStable
  377. The SpyGuard
  378. The Spyware Detective
  379. The Spyware Shield
  380. The Ultimate Spyware Adware Remover
  381. TheSpyBot
  382. TitanShield AntiSpyware
  383. Trojan Guarder Gold
  384. TrojanerFilter
  385. TrojansFilter
  386. TrojansFiltre
  387. TrojansKiller
  388. True Codec
  389. TrueWatch
  390. Trust Cleaner
  391. TrustedAntivirus
  392. TrustedProtection
  393. TrustSoft AntiSpyware
  394. TZ Spyware Remover
  395. Ultimate Cleaner
  396. Ultimate Defender
  397. Ultimate Fixer
  398. Unigray Antivirus
  399. UnSpyPC
  400. vCatch
  401. VCodec
  402. Video ActiveX Access
  403. Video ActiveX Object
  404. Video iCodec
  405. VideoAccess
  406. VideoAccessCodec
  407. VideoBox
  408. Virus-Kill
  409. VirusBlast
  410. VirusBlaster
  411. VirusBlasters
  412. VirusBurst
  413. VirusBursters
  414. VirusHeal
  415. VirusHeat
  416. VirusLocker
  417. VirusProtect
  418. VirusProtectPro
  419. VirusRanger
  420. VirusRay
  421. VirusRescue
  422. VsSpy
  423. WebSafe Spyware Secure
  424. WebSpyShield
  425. WinAntiSpyware
  426. WinAntiSpyware
  427. WinAntiVirus
  428. WinAntiVirus
  429. WinFix Master
  430. WinFixer
  431. WinIFixer
  432. WinKeeper
  433. WinReanimator
  434. WinSecureAv
  435. WinSpyControl
  436. WinSpyKiller
  437. WinXDefender
  438. X-Con Spyware Destroyer
  439. XP Antivirus
  440. XPDefender
  441. XXXAccess
  442. ZoneProtect Anti-Spyware

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I hope this article gives you a bit of sanity. If you can’t download MalwareBytes on your computer then download it at a library or something and save it on a flash drive, then take it home and do the install from the flash drive.