What is Adware
Adware or advertising-supported software is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used. Not all types of adware software are harmful. But, some types of adware are also spyware and can be classified as privacy-invasive software.
What is a Fake Antivirus Program
Fake Antivirus Program, also called as Rogue security software is a form of computer malware that deceives or misleads users into paying for the fake or simulated removal of malware. Rogue security software, in recent years, has become a growing and serious security threat in desktop computing.
How Do Fake Antivirus Software and Adware Operate
Fake Antivirus Software take the help of some vulnerabilities already present in your computer or scripts like trojans to sneak in their traces. Once they are successful, they start one or more of the following actions
- Alerting the user with the fake or simulated detection of malware or pornography.
- Displaying an animation simulating a fake system crash and reboot.
- Selectively disabling parts of the system to prevent the user from uninstalling them. Some may also prevent anti-malware programs from running, disable automatic system software updates and block access to websites of anti-malware vendors.
- Installing actual malware onto the computer, then alerting the user after “detecting” them. This method is less common as the malware is likely to be detected by legitimate anti-malware programs.
The purpose of all these activities is to convince you that your computer is infected with lots of malware, and you need to purchase the full licensed version of the fake antivirus. Once the victim is trapped, they malware creators get the money and walk away.
Do I need to remove Fake Antivirus Software
Yes off-course. Fake Antivirus Software is a constant irritant, and most of the times it virtually makes it impossible to continue your task.
How to Remove Fake Adware, Antivirus
You can yourself search your computer manually, but it is not recommended unless you are a tech-geek. To save time and effort, we recommend you to download a FREE Scanner.