Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert
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Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert

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Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert

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Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert
First published 25-06-2011
This week, all of a sudden, we are back to fun and games with malicious software (scamware) infections. At the time of writing this article, we have seen five computers that are all infected with a variation (depending upon what operating system is running on the computer) of the same piece of malicious software.
The malware comes in various guises - "XP Security 2012 Firewall Alert" - Vista Internet Security 2012 Firewall Alert" - "Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert"
The writers of the malware have done a good job in designing the pop-up windows to look like genuine Window's Alerts which adds to the credibility of the messages that 'they are trying to get across to you. They want you to click on the links within the pop-up windows and tempt you to do this by promising you a fix to the problem. If you do click on any of the links, you will be asked to pay to buy 'their' solution, but whatever you do, don't !
Basically, the malware is a piece of code that is designed to do a number of things to your computer. The ultimate aim of the virus writer is to trick you into paying for a solution to the problem and they employ a number of different techniques to stop you from being able to easily get rid of the infection.
The malware disables your antivirus software and stops you from being able to get onto the internet (to find a solution) or, to use an online scanning and removal tool.
It also stops you from being able to visit certain websites where you may also, find a solution, and it stops you from being able to launch certain applications on your computer and if you try, instead, it just launches another of its own pop-up windows.
As an example of this, it stops you from being able to launch the "System Restore" application in Windows because allowing you to do this, would enable you to return your computer to a state that existed on a previous date to the date that your computer became infected which would be an easy way for you to solve the problem.
We don't yet know how the computers were infected, but we do know that it is probably a "Trojan" which has been included or, hidden within something that the user has willingly downloaded from the internet eg: an infected piece of free software, an infected movie or, some other type of free download.
Alternatively, the malware can get onto your computer, just visiting an infected web site and suffering a drive-by attack.
Whatever the source of the problem, we can confirm that this is a serious malware infection that is not easy to get rid of, and requires, in some cases, that certain entries be manually removed from the Window's Registry and certain files be manually deleted from your computer's hard disk drive.
Only experienced computer users should attempt to manually edit the Window's Registry and if you are in any doubt as your ability to do this, we recommend that you consult a professional, but why would a user have to manually remove files, shouldn't their antivirus program have protected them from getting infected ?
As a "Trojan" the malicious files that collectively make up the scamware are hidden within the genuine files of the program that you have voluntarily decided to download. The files will almost certainly be compressed and therefore, in a format that your anti-virus program can't recognise.
Basically, the malware dumps pop-up windows to your screen that tell you that your computer is infected in some way or, another, but the infection is the malware itself so, as long as it is properly and safely removed, your computer will be 'back' to normal.
Removing it though is not easy and will require you having access to the internet and the problem is, if your computer is infected with the malware, it may stop you from being able to use the internet so, you may have to use another computer to get access to the websites and information that you need to rid your computer of this problem.
Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert
Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert
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