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Highly suspect warning messages

This page contains screengrabs of highly dubious pieces of software. Warning you about certain things - but they themsleves are the bad pieces of software. The tell tale signs usually follow some or all of these rules

  • You cannot remove the message
  • The software automatically starts up without you doing anything
  • Absence of a brand name
  • The software appears to find bad things
  • The software wants payment before it will remove things
  • You pay your money and things then get worse

DON'T BE FOOLED BY THEM!

They are mainly after your credit card details.


Scroll down to see the full collection!

These 'screengrabs' were captured from a customers computer (with permission), to show you some examples of the bogus software in action.

This 1st collection is from way back in 2008

The screens may have changed over the years - but the modus operandi is still the same.

01 - Bogus message XP Antivirus 2008















02 - This is not an official windows security notice XP Antivirus









03 - Designed to make you worry xp anti virus protection



























04 - Notice the spelling mistake fake windows security center



























The tell tale signs from the above images are "no brand name" eg. Norton, McAfee, etc, but instead use generic words like XP/Vista Antivirus and a Year. Also the spelling mistake.

September 2008

Warning spyware detected






















February 2009

spyware guard 2009



























March 2009 - This one was shown as the wallpaper on the desktop. With a Flashing Warning Message

warning dangerous spyware














March 2009 - A360 - Pretends to scan and always finds bad things

a360 rogue anti virus





























April 2009 - Yellow bar trying to infect a computer - norton 360 was running and up to date

Antivirus 360 yellow bar









April 2009 - Pretends to scan when you turn on your computer and intends to make you scared

Critical Warning


























May 2009 - Looks just like the real AVG antivirus program

Personal Antivirus




























May 2009 - Fake windows security message - while McAfee was running

Fake windows security message









June 2009 - Fake windows security message - norton was up to date

Fake critical warning message







June 2009 - Fake windows security message - norton running

Fake vulnerability











June 2009 - Fake win32 worm message

Fake w32 message









July 2009 - Generic looking program - Pretends to scan your computer

antivirus agent pro




































July 2009 - Detected Threats - notice the spelling mistake on 'prevent' in the yellow balloon

Detected threats

































July 2009 - Fake windows balloon message

Fake windows message balloon - your computer is infected









October 2009 - SecurityTool Scan

SecurityTool




























October 2009 - SecurityTool Icon & Balloon Message - This customer was running Norton 360 and got infected

Security Tool icon balloon







December 2009 - AntiMalware Scan

AntiMalware fake scan






























December 2009 - AntiMalware Advert

AntiMalware advert























December 2009 - AntiMalware Network Alert

AntiMalware network alert

















December 2009 - AntiMalware fake message

AntiMalware security alert











December 2009 - AntiMalware Icons & Balloon Message - This customer was running McAfee and got infected

AntiMalware Icons and Balloon

















February 2010 - AntiVirus Plus - This customer was running Vista with Nod32 AntiVirus

AntiVirus Plus fake scan






























February 2010 - Fake Security Center message for AntiVirus Plus

AntiVirus fake security center






























February 2010 - Fake Warnings

AntiVirus fake 32 warnings

























February 2010 - Fake Critical Updates

Fake Critical Updates






















March 2010 - Vista Internet Security - This customer was running Norton 360 and Windows Vista

Vista Internet Security fake scan



























March 2010 - Vista Internet Security - Fake Warning Message

Fake Warning Message






















March 2010 - Windows Security Centre - Saying Vista Internet Security is switched off

Vista Internet Security summary



























March 2010 - Rogue Internet Explorer message - about:blank

Rogue Internet Explorer message


































March 2010 - Fake Firewall alert

Fake firewall alert























March 2010 - System Hacked Warning

Fake System Hacked Warning



















March 2010 - A Whole load of bogus balloon messages

A Whole load of bogus balloon messages



































October 2010 - Smart Engine - results

Smart Engine scan


































Smart Engine - Infected results

Smart Engine infected






















Smart Engine - Infected results

Smart Engine about





















November 2010 - Thinkpoint - start screen

Thinkpoint start screen


























Thinkpoint - pretend scan

Thinkpoint fake scan

























January 2011 - Antivirus 8 - start screen

Antivirus 8 overview


























Antivirus 8 - fake message saying virus detected

Antivirus 8





















Spambot - This user was running Kaspersky

Spambot



















Fake Scan Results

Spambot



























March 2011 - Windows Power Expansion - fake

Windows Power Expansion






























Windows Power Expansion - Deny

Windows Power Expansion





















April 2011 - Spyware Protection - This user was running ESET smart security

Spyware Protection



























June 2011 - PC Performance - This user was running AVG free

Fake PC Performance
























June 2011 - Fake Blue Screen

Fake windows blue screen
























June 2011 - Metropolitan Police - Fake Warning Message UKASH etc

Fake Warning Ukash
























Feb 2012 - Fake Security Shield - This PC was running McAfee Internet Security

Fake security shield




























March 2012 - Fake firewall

Fake firewall
















July 2012 - Metropolitan Police - This user was running AVG free

Fake Warning Ukash


















September 2012 - West Yorkshire Police - scam 100 pounds

Fake west yorkshire police























October 2012 - PCeU Police e-Crime Unit

Fake PCeU Police ecrime unit

























October 2012 - Fake Repair PC

Fake Repair PC





















December 2012 - Fake Windows AV Component

Fake windows av component



















June 2013 - Fake Department of Justice

Fake department of justice


























January 2014 - CryptoLocker

CryptoLocker 1






















January 2014 - Crypto Locker - MoneyPak

CryptoLocker 2


























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