TR/FakeAV, apart from being the height of irony, is a strange beast. Some forms of it are dangerous when installed on your computer yet some of it just sits there and doesn't actually do anything. The latest variants of this infection may also play audio advertisements in the background not just display fake security messages claiming that your computer is infected. The one thing they do have in common is they both make a dent in your finances. If you're looking for a new anti-virus or anti-malware program and you're not 100% sure what the reputable brands to go for are, if you're unlucky enough to stumble across rogue security software you could wind up forking our cash for something that is either completely useless, or, worst case scenario, set to do you harm.
Therefore if you are in the market for a new anti-virus program or some other type of security software program and you're not entirely sure what to look for, please do some research in advance. It doesn't take long to visit a large computer retailer's website or check out an online PC magazine. You may also have friends or colleagues who are more technical than you, who you can ask for some advice.
TR/FakeAV’s Modus Operandi, so to speak, is to fool you into thinking that your PC has been infected by a virus or some malware. It then scares you into downloading it, preying on your vulnerabilities – because after all, who wants a virus on their machine? Especially when some rogue software is putting the fear into you.
The software will display a pop up window on your screen, which will either look very convincing or may even rip off the branding of a well known (genuine) Internet security company. You'll be asked if you wish to scan your computer. You do – because you believe it to be genuine and quite naturally you're worried – so you click 'yes'. The rogue software will wait a reasonable amount of time while it performs its fake scan, and then guess what, yes, it will inform you that you have goodness knows how many potentially lethal viruses or malware on your computer.
At this point you are quite possibly panicking and you want rid of the malware ASAP. And of course your friendly new 'security software' will solve the problem for you and clean your system. The catch? You'll have to pay for the privilege. I'm not against paid anti-virus programs. I actually think they are better but you should only pay for legitimate services and programs. TR/FakeAV isn't a legiitmate program.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
TR/FakeAV Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer.
Important! If you can't download or run it, please restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking or Safe Mode and try again.
2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.
3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Please reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.