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Security Shield 2012 - Deceptive malware

Watch out for this scam.

My new computer got hit by this piece of hqiz this morning while I was teaching. How did this happen in the first place? Well, my new Dell came pre-installed with McAfee, or so I thought - so I had delayed installing AVG. I guess it wasn't activated - my bad.

All of a sudden I started getting each one of these messages and many more like them, along with popups ever four seconds warning me that this or that file had been infected.











Almost every attempt to "decline", or "cancel", or "exit" was accompanied by a new popup encouraging me to "activate" my copy of Security Shield, for a slight fee and my credit card number. The crapware even prevented the AVG install file from running properly.

So into Safe Mode, install AVG, and suddenly the malicious .EXE file is located and moved to virus Hell where it belongs.

At some point in the future, I hope I'll be able to visit the obscenities in Gehenna and slap them into the 12th dimension. For me and everyone else who was ever plagued with their malicious trojans.


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makovette
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
Coupla notes from the geeky guy...

You mentioned a new Dell, but that looks like XP, I gotta ask why you're running that OS?

Does your ISP offer a free AV program? It's worth trolling through their web site to find out. Comcast offers Norton Security Suite. It's buried under 5 clicks of obscure pages to get to the installer, but it's worth it.

And I need to get you into a (BillyJoel)VM state of mind someday (/BillyJoel)...

Mako
ccdesan
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
Haha! Thanks for caring. The screen caps were slurped off the net, not my system - I am running Windows 7 Pro, thank you very much, with VM capacity. The only thing that scares me off of Ubuntu is the learning curve.

I am afraid. Very afraid...

I've been very happy with AVG's free edition. Ever since I installed it on all my boxen years ago I've never had a single problem. Except this time, when it wasn't installed yet.

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