Posts with the Alerts tag

 
 

Alerts. Trying to trick PC users, many viruses generate fake alerts that look as legitimate notifications displayed by own PC's security software. Just like normal ones, these fake alerts are titled 'Error!', 'Warning!', 'Danger!' and notify users about different viruses, computer  problems and possible dangers. However, these alerts are scams. They are used only as a tool to frighten users into clicking links that lead to commercial websites offering to purchase malware. Reputable anti-malware programs are needed to stop these alerts.

Your computer has been locked

May 16th, 2013
‘Your computer has been locked’ is a fake alert that is closely connected to Ukash viruses, mostly categorized as 'ransomware'. As soon as trojan horse attacks you and downloads the threat inside, computer gets locked down completely. Instead of its normal screen, you will see only a huge and annoying... More...

Your computer is locked

May 3rd, 2013
'Your computer is locked' is a fake notification, which is used by updated International Police Association or IPA virus. It reports about illegal user's activities and then asks paying the fine of 50 pounds or 100 Euros through Ukash code. In order to look more convincing, this ransomware not only... More...

Microsoft Security Essential Alert

February 28th, 2013
'Microsoft Security Essential Alert' is a fake notification that has nothing in common with Microsoft. Yes, if you see an alert on your PC's desktop, you should become concerned about the state of your machine. However, we say so not because of these potential threats (Trojan-PSW.Win32.launch, HackTool:Win32/Welevate.A and Adware.Win32.Fraud) that... More...

explorer.exe – Corrupt Disk

February 27th, 2013
‘explorer.exe – Corrupt Disk’ is a fake notification, which works for cyber criminals who seek to infect people with System Repair and make them pay for nonexistent its license. We have already reported about this fake PC defragmentation tool, which is used to trick users into purchasing illegal program after... More...

Serious disk error writing drive C:\

November 9th, 2012
'Serious disk error writing drive C:\' should definitely belong to our fake alerts' category because this notification is used only to scare people into thinking that there is something wrong with their computers and make them purchase the fake hard drive optimization programs. To be more precise, this misleading alert... More...

System message – Write Fault Error

November 1st, 2012
You may have already seen the 'System message – Write Fault Error' alert on your computer because it has been actively distributed these days. Though it looks like a real notification, in reality it is closely connected to Smart HDD fake PC optimization tool, which is spread to get the money... More...

Device initialization failed

November 1st, 2012
‘Device initialization failed’ is a misleading alert, which is used to promote File Restore malware. We have announced about this fake hard drive defragmenter some weeks ago. However, it seems that scammers are still trying to use every possible method in the propagation of its licensed version and have updated... More...

Windows Security 2012 has found critical process activity

October 3rd, 2012
“Windows Security 2012 has found critical process activity” is a fake alert that should be ignored. If you see this notification when browsing the web, you should stop doing that because you may install malware on your computer. Once you see this webpage message, additionally you may be asked to... More...

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