Phony Virus Cleaners

March 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm 3 comments

Hi, “CC” here!

If you’re on the Internet and suddenly a big window pops up warning a virus was found, it may be an attempt to add a virus instead!

In addition to activating if you go on an “infected” web site, now  some viruses are using Facebook, and those Flash “banner” ads on common web pages to display fake warnings that you’re computer has been affected.

Here’s some ways to tell a fake:

  1. The fakes won’t look like your normal antivirus’ warnings.
  2. They use a “generic” antivirus name.
  3. The pop-up windows are very big and flash (to make them appear urgent).
  4. When you point over the window the Cursor changes into the Link (the “pointing finger”) cursor.

These newer fakes can now activate the minute you click anywhere on the window (including the “X” to close a window)! To safely remove it without activating it, close the browser. If that doesn’t work, restart your computer immediately.

Remember, to keep your PC free from “ITD’s” have antivirus, anti-spyware, and rootkit removers installed and up to date.

–The Computer Cat


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  • 1. JanieGurl  |  March 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Hey, that just happened to my boyfriend’s computer. Lost almost all of his pics & vids. Good thing I use a Mac 🙂


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  • 3. Chicken Soup for Computers | The Computer Cat's Corner  |  April 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    […] Now, if one day the computer was purring along fine and the next day it starts hesitating or running very slow, there is a good chance a virus, spyware, or malware has gotten in and infected your computer. If your computer does not have it, get at least an anti-virus and anti-spyware software. While I prefer Kaspersky to protect my computers, there are free anti-virus and anti-spyware programs you can get that do a decent job of protecting your computer too.  (Also, you should read my earlier posts about viruses and “scareware”.) […]



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