Rogue Security Software Holds Microsoft Systems Hostage

April 9, 2009

The occurrence of “Rogue Security Software” encountered by Microsoft business clients of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans increased significantly during the past 1.5 years.  These programs impersonate legitimate security programs and offer protection from malware, spyware, and other threats, but actually use social engineering to obtain money from victims in return for poor or nonexistent protection.

Rogue security software has been around for years; however in recent months has become a major worldwide threat.  Rogue security software generates hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars a year in ill-gotten gains for its producers, in addition to large numbers of IT help desk calls from worried victims. Several Onsite clients have encountered the specious security software that uses fear and incessant nag screens to con victims to pay for software to remove and protect their systems from alleged evil.

According to Microsoft, rogue security software is among the top threats detected on computers throughout the world, suggesting that the appeal to users’ fear is an effective tactic that transcends barriers of language. English seems to be the primary language used by rogue security software publishers, although some rogue software has been released in multiple language versions to target the non-English–speaking world.

You may have encountered the spurious Microsoft Security Warning that declares “Antivirus 2009 Web Scanner detected dangerous spyware on your system.”  The rogue software essentially holds your system and data hostage in lieu of payment to eliminate the false malware.  Security experts allege 25-35% of PCs in the United States encounter the fake security software.

Removal of the rogue software is often easy for a professional using msconfig to identify and disable the bogus startup entry, deleting the rogue executable that is often concealed in hidden folders on the infected PC, and rebooting the PC.  Authors of the rogue software often change their modus operandi and hide their executables in different locations.

If your PC is a hostage of the rogue security software, then call Onsite Computer Services for a fast and cost-effective eradication of the problem.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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