KeepCop is a misleading anti-spyware application distributed through the use of Trojans and other malicious software. The misleading application is from the WiniSoft family and it is basically a clone of LinkSafeness, SecureKeeper and other rogue applications. The main goal of Keep Cop is to trick you into purchasing the program. In order to achieve this goal, it simulates system scans, reports false system security threats/infections and displays fake security alerts to make you think your computer is infected with Trojans, worms, spyware and other parasites. Finally, it asks to purchase the program to remove the infections. So, let’s make this very clear – KeepCop is nothing more but a scam. Do not pay for this bogus application. Instead, uninstall KeepCop from your computer upon detection.
[Figure 1. KeepCop graphical user interface]
KeepCop enters a computer with the help of Trojans that usually come from fake online scanners, misleading websites, spam e-mails and fake messages in social networking websites. Once a Trojans is installed, it download rogue application on the compromised computer. It may also download additional malware to make situation more complicated. KeepCop then reports a list of infections that can be only removed with a full version of the program, though, this is of course not true. It just tries to trick you into purchasing the program.
What is more, KeepCop constantly displays fake security alerts and notifications stating that your computer is badly infected or under attack by an internet virus. The rogue application impersonates Windows Security Center [Figure 2] and suggests activating KeepCop to ensure full system protection. It can also block anti-virus software and certain Windows tools like Task Manager, Registry Editor or System Restore to protect itself from being deleted.
[Figure 2. KeepCop – fake security center]
The home page of Keep Cop is keepcop.com [Figure 3], though, it promotes entirely different software called Virus Protector. The website is full of fake images, false reviews and information. It is classified as potentially harmful, do not visit it.
[Figure 3. Keepcop.com – the home page of KeepCop]
As you can see, this malware can cause serious problems to the system. This infection should be removed as soon as possible. Please use the removal guide below to remove KeepCop manually for free. But most importantly, do not purchase it. If you have already done that, contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Finally, scan your PC with a legitimate anti-spyware and remove the remains of manual removal or additionally installed malware.
KeepCop manual removal:
Delete registry values:
C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsKeepCop
C:Program FilesKeepCop Software
C:Program FilesKeepCop SoftwareKeepCop