Rogue anti-spyware (sometimes you can find it as rogue security software) is a term used to describe fake anti-spyware software. Programs that belong to this category can also be categorized as malware and virus. The main intention of rogue anti-spyware is to infect their computers, display aggressive security notifications and make their owners purchase its “full” or “licensed” version for fixing the system. In reality, the only thing that has to be eliminated is rogue security software.

When dealing with the fake anti-spyware, you can be convinced that it is a reliable security application capable of finding malicious files on the system because such programs look very professional. Unfortunately, but no matter how good their GUI looks, they have no virus database, which should be there for an appropriate system scan and the ability to spot malicious files on the computer. In most of the cases, they report about legitimate system components and claim that the victim has to remove them from his/hers computer. That’s how rogue anti-spyware programs manipulate people into purchasing their “licensed” versions. As soon as hackers receive the money, they disable their rogue anti-spyware applications for a certain amount of time. Sooner or later, a virus starts its work again and tries to steal more money from its victim.

Removing rogue anti-spyware from the system is very important because such programs can also be used for infecting it with additional viruses. Also, they can be used for collecting various information needed for identity theft and similar crimes. Finally, they can cause serious issues related to computer’s functionality, such as system slowdowns and crashes. Each of viruses that belong to a rogue anti-spyware category can be removed with the help of reliable anti-spyware.

Routes used by rogue anti-spyware for infiltration:

The most of rogue anti-spyware programs infiltrate computers without users’ approval. Here are the main methods used for infecting computers:

  • Malvertising. The majority of rogue anti-spyware apps have been spread via fake pop-up ads. Such notifications are typically set to report about possible issues related to computer, so there is no surprise why there are so many people who have clicked such ads and downloaded rogue software to their computers. Such ads can also claim that people will get the ability to fix their computers for free, but, as you can see, it is just another lie used to infect PC systems with rogue anti-spyware.
  • Infected email attachments. A program, which belongs to a rogue anti-spyware category, can also be downloaded as a legitimate email attachment. Typically, viruses are spread as bank-related documents, invoices, reports, disclosures and similar attachments that could trick people into downloading them to their computers.
  • Other viruses. There are lots of other threats that can be used for the distribution of rogue anti-spyware. The most popular of them are Trojan horses, worms, and backdoors. These threats can open the back door of the system and install needed files without victim's interaction and approval. Also, the rogue anti-spyware trojan can hide these files in needed locations and then launch them as soon as a required moment comes.

Typical activity of such malware:

Programs that are categorized as Rogue anti-spyware seek to convince their victims that their computers are seriously infected and that the only tool, which can be used for removing notorious viruses, is the licensed version. If rogue manages to infiltrate the system, it starts seeking its aim with the help of such activities:

  • Blocking legitimate security software and websites. This is an important task in the functionality of rogue anti-spyware because it helps the virus to prevent its elimination from the system. The only way to unblock legitimate websites and launch legitimate anti-spyware is to remove the threat.
  • Causing continuous system scanners and warning messages. It may seem that Rogue anti-spyware software is capable of scanning computer just like legitimate anti-spyware. However, this activity is corrupted and used just for misleading the victim into thinking that his/hers computer is infected with tens or even hundreds of different threats. If the victim ignores the warning, rogue continues pretending to scan the system and keeps displaying its fake warning messages.
  • Slowing down the whole PC's functionality. For trying to convince its victim that computer is seriously infected, the rogue anti-spyware can cause system slowdowns, system crashes, and similar performance-related issues.
  • Initiating redirects to its purchase page. From time to time, you can be redirected by a rogue anti-spyware to its purchase page. The most of such websites can be very dangerous, so it is not recommended visiting them.

The most dangerous examples of rogue anti-spyware:

System Tool. Since the day this rogue anti-spyware showed up in the PC world, System Tool has infected thousands of different computers. It is known that it started spreading around in 2010 and kept doing that for more than three years. This program had caused lots of various issues for its victims, including the loss of their money and infiltration of other malware. The main method that was used for distributing it involved fake notifications offering people to check their computers for free. 

Security Defender This rogue anti-spyware showed up in 2011. Since then, it has been infecting poorly protected PC systems. Once inside the computer, it looks like it is capable of defending the system from malware. Unfortunately, but this image is used just to steal the money from unaware PC users. Security Defender has no uninstall option. It can be removed only with the help of reliable anti-spyware, which sometimes can be blocked because of the malware hiding inside the system.

The removal of rogue anti-spyware:

If you want to see what the real danger is, you must check your computer with the legitimate anti-spyware. The most reliable way to remove rogue anti-spyware from the system, is to run a full system scan with SpyHunter or Malwarebytes Anti Malware. After launching one of these programs, you should see that system scanners and security notifications of rogue anti-spyware programs are filled with invented information. 

Beware that rogue anti-spyware can block legitimate software for preventing its removal from computer. To avoid this issue, you should try one of these methods:

  • Rebooting to Safe Mode with networking;
  • Renaming executable file of your anti-spyware program;
  • Using other PC to download anti-malware and transferring it to the affected computer with the help of USB drive and similar solutions.

Newest Rogue Antispyware

Remove ThinkPoint

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Remove WareOut

November 26th, 2015. Is your PC continuously loading a doubtful system scan powered by WareOut? Does it work abnormally? Are you receiving a strange-looking alerts warning you about critical security errors? Is your PC running much slower than it used to before? Then the culprit of these problems may be... More...

AdProtect removal steps

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DATABASE OF Rogue Antispyware PARASITES

Total Rogue Antispyware parasites in our DB: 1030


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  • Internet Security September 24th, 2013 | 8 Comments
    Internet Security is a fake antivirus program that was designed by computer hackers to steal the money from ra...

  • Internet Security 2012 May 1st, 2012 | 5 Comments
    Internet Security 2012 is a fake antivirus that is distributed by the same gang pushing fake HDD rogue optimiz...

  • Security Shield September 25th, 2013 | 54 Comments
    Security Shield is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as System Tool and Security Tool. Once in...

  • Smart Fortress 2012 May 9th, 2012 | 4 Comments
    Smart Fortress 2012 is a rogue anti-spyware program that uses various misleading methods to scare you into thi...

  • System Check April 26th, 2012 | 16 Comments
    System Check is a fake defragmenter that shouldn't be left on your computer although you have never actually i...

  • "Recommendations" Pop up October 2nd, 2015 | No Comments
    What is Recommendations? Recommendations pop-up is considered to be a fake security alert generated by a rogu...

  • 007 AntiSpyware August 3rd, 2009 | No Comments
    007 AntiSpyware is a potentially unwanted application that may report fake computer security threats. This pro...

  • 24/7 PC Guard May 14th, 2013 | No Comments
    24/7 PC Guard is a rogue anti-spyware, which actively tries to convince its victims that they should purchase ...

  • 360 Safe virus February 23rd, 2015 | No Comments
    What is 360 Safe? 360 Safe by Qihoo 360 is promoted as an anti-spyware for Windows and Mac based computers, a...

  • A-Fast Antivirus January 31st, 2012 | 3 Comments
    A-Fast Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware program that uses misleading methods to scare users into thinking tha...

  • Active Antivir June 29th, 2009 | No Comments
    Active Antivir is yet another rogue anti-spyware application that intentionally displays false scan results an...

  • Active Security October 15th, 2009 | No Comments
    Active Security is a misleading application from the same family as Protection System and CoreGuard Antivirus ...

  • Additional Guard April 30th, 2012 | 4 Comments
    Additional Guard is a misleading anti-spyware application, fake spyware removal tool. Basically, it is just a ...

  • AdProtect October 23rd, 2015 | 4 Comments
    AdProtect (a.k.a. Ad-Protect) is a malicious program that is classified as rogue anti-spyware. It may install ...

  • Advanced Antispyware Solution April 24th, 2012 | 2 Comments
    Advanced Antispyware Solution is a rogue anti-spyware application that gives false security reports of dangero...

  • Advanced Antivirus Remover August 24th, 2009 | 1 Comments
    Advanced Antivirus Remover is a misleading security application that uses false scan results and fake security...

  • Advanced Defender February 9th, 2010 | No Comments
    Advanced Defender is a rogue anti-spyware program that is promoted and installed through the use of malicious ...

  • Advanced PC Shield 2012 October 25th, 2011 | No Comments
    Advanced PC Shield 2012 is a corrupted antivirus, rogue anti-spyware, that is distributed by using illegal and...

  • Advanced Security Tool 2010 August 24th, 2010 | No Comments
    Advanced Security Tool 2010 is a rogue security program that use deceiving methods to trick you into thinking ...

  • Advanced Spyware Detect April 24th, 2009 | No Comments
    Advanced Spyware Detect is yet another rogue anti-spyware application. The main purpose of this rogue is to sc...

  • Advanced Spyware Detector August 9th, 2011 | 1 Comments
    Advanced Spyware Detector is another rogue anti-spyware application, fake spyware remover. Like many similar r...

  • Advanced Virus Protection June 2nd, 2010 | 2 Comments
    Advanced Virus Protection is a misleading security application that displays false or exaggerated scan results...

  • Advanced Virus Remover March 19th, 2012 | 32 Comments
    Advanced Virus Remover is a rogue security application promoted through the use of Trojans, fake advertisement...

  • Adware Away August 9th, 2011 | 1 Comments
    Adware Away is a rogue anti-spyware application and also a fake diagnostic tool for Windows operating system. ...

  • Adware Eradicator January 23rd, 2009 | No Comments
    Adware Eradicator is a new rogue anti-spyware application that tries to trick user into purchasing of a useles...

  • Adware Pro June 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments
    Adware Pro is a misleading security application, rogue spyware remover that displays false scan results, fake ...

  • AdWare Pro 2007 January 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
    AdWare Pro 2007 is a rogue anti-spyware program that claims about infections and as a solution for them offers...

  • Adware Remover August 4th, 2009 | No Comments
    Adware Remover is a fake anti-spyware application that is advertised through the use of trojans that loads sec...

  • Adware Scanner 2010 May 10th, 2010 | No Comments
    Adware Scanner 2010 is a rogue anti-spyware program that uses false positives to scare you into thinking that ...

  • AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro May 14th, 2010 | 2 Comments
    AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro is a fake spyware remover which, just like initial Your PC Protector, is developed to t...

  • Alpha Antivirus December 10th, 2011 | 35 Comments
    Alpha Antivirus is a misleading anti-virus program that deliberately displays fake security alerts and reports...

  • ANG AntiVirus 09 June 6th, 2009 | 3 Comments
    ANG Antivirus 09 is a rogue anti-spyware application. Likely, this parasite is a clone of another rogue called...

  • Anti Virus Armor June 1st, 2010 | No Comments
    Anti Virus Armor is a rogue program that may report false system security threats to scare you into thinking t...

  • Anti-Malware Lab October 22nd, 2011 | 1 Comments
    Anti-Malware Lab is a typical fake anti-spyware program it imitates a system scan and claims that your compute...

  • Anti-Virus March 29th, 2010 | No Comments
    Anti-Virus is a rogue program that pretends to be legitimate security software but in reality it's just anothe...

  • Anti-Virus Elite February 17th, 2012 | 2 Comments
    Anti-Virus Elite is a misleading antivirus program that may deliberately report false system security threats ...

  • Anti-Virus Number-1 March 31st, 2009 | 2 Comments
    Anti-Virus Number-1 is another rogue anti-spyware application. Probably it's just a rename of Anti-Virus-1 or...

  • Anti-Virus-1 January 19th, 2012 | 4 Comments
    Anti-Virus-1 is a new rogue anti-spyware application. This parasite is very similar to Antivirus 2010. These t...

  • AntiAdd December 1st, 2009 | No Comments
    AntiAdd is a misleading anti-spyware application that simulates a system scan and reports false system securit...

  • AntiAID November 12th, 2009 | 2 Comments
    AntiAID is a misleading anti-spyware application distributed through the use of Trojans that come from fake on...

  • AntiKeep December 3rd, 2009 | No Comments
    AntiKeep is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as AntiAdd, ReSpyWare, REAnti, KeepCop and many ...

  • AntiMalware July 14th, 2011 | 23 Comments
    AntiMalware is a misleading application that reports false infections/system security threats, displays fake s...

  • Antimalware Defender February 1st, 2010 | No Comments
    Antimalware Defender is a rogue anti-spyware application from the same family as Virus Doctor malware. This ro...

  • Antimalware Doctor May 10th, 2011 | 69 Comments
    Antimalware Doctor is a rogue anti-spyware program that displays fake security alerts and reports false scan r...

  • AntiMalware GO February 28th, 2011 | No Comments
    AntiMalware GO is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as AntiVira Av and Antivirus .NET. This ro...

  • Antimalware PC Safety March 6th, 2012 | No Comments
    Antimalware PC Safety is a dangerous rogue anti-spyware program that was designed to steal money from PC ...

  • Antimalware Tool June 27th, 2011 | 1 Comments
    Antimalware Tool is a rogue anti-spyware application that displays fake security alerts and reports false syst...

  • Antimalware virus October 9th, 2013 | No Comments
    Antimalware virus is a misleading program, which should be treated with carefulness. The main reason, why we r...

  • AntiMalwarePro July 7th, 2009 | No Comments
    AntiMalwarePro is a rogue anti-spyware program that uses misleading methods to convince you that your computer...

  • Antispy Protector 2009 August 10th, 2009 | No Comments
    Antispy Protector 2009 is a misleading anti-spyware application that reports false scan results and displays f...

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