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Rogue programs, fake antiviruses, fake security scans, fake antispyware, etc. are one of the most popular infections today.
When encountering many of the above software packages, most users believe they are genuine security products and do a good job. And of course, most of those users go on to enter their credit card details to 'purchase' one of these antivirus programs. Unfortunately, there is high probability that the user is then charged considerably more than the price declared in the shopping cart. Over a period of time, these rogue antivirus and antispyware programs have gain an increasingly professional appearance - many even attempt to imitate the interface of legitimate antivirus or antispyware products. These programs are often derived from families, so that an identical program may adopt many names. For example, 'Windows Recovery', 'Windows XP Recovery', 'Windows Diagnostic', 'Windows Vista Recovery' are names representing a single rogue program.
When you surf the Internet, be very careful. I'll keep saying that again and again. There are of course, many popular online 'scanners' that claim to scan your computer for viruses and spyware infections. These scans, however, are fake and attempt to scare PC users for illegal purposes. Do not believe these online scans, especially if you have not specifically requested one.
Wait a minute! This is important - we check your devices - Recognise this message? This is one of the most popular fake online spyware and virus scanners.
When you press OK, the web page imitates the 'My Computer' folder by displaying local hard disks, documents, folders, etc. These hard drive and document folders appear identically to all visitors of the website and do not represent real your computer configuration. To less-experienced users, however, this may appear threatening and scary.
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