Once the scareware has been removed from your system, (re)install a reputable anti virus software package then use it to scan and clean your machine, once again. Scareware and rogue antivirus programs will often download and install other kinds of malicious programs while they have control of your system, including rootkits and keylogging programs. Make sure any secondary infections have been removed.
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If automated removal fails, you may have to roll up your sleeve and attempt to manually remove the scareware from your system. This isn’t a straight forward process, and will vary depending on what kind of scareware and malware program(s) have been installed. However, if you know what has infected your computer, various tutorials are available online, at Websites and user forums like bleepingcomputer.com.
Fortunately for you, there are both free and premium tools available online that will detect and remove rogue antivirus and scareware programs. Kaspersky Lab (which owns Threatpost) offers the free Kaspersky Removal Tool for this purpose. Others are Hijackthis from Trend Micro, MBAM, offered by bleepingcomputer.com and so on. If you were running antivirus software, that was disabled by the scareware, try reinstalling it on the infected system using the installation disk.
Don’t Pay! Whatever else you do not pay to “license” the scareware, says Brulez. Scareware and fake antivirus programs are malicious and are created and distributed by criminal organizations. Paying the licensing fee may temporarily free up your system and remove the fake warnings and alerts generated by the program, but it will only be a matter of time before the folks behind the scam will be back for another swipe at your wallet.
The first step in dealing with a scareware is to understand what has just happened to your computer. Victims often ignore or miss the signs of a rogue AV infection, says Nicolas Brulez, a senior malware researcher at Kaspersky Lab. This is especially true with scareware, which tries to fool you into believing that it is a legitimate program trying to help you with a virus infection. Understand that, while you haven’t been infected with the viruses you’re being warned about, you have been infected with scareware.
Scareware is one of the most pernicious online threats. For those who have been infected, it is also one of the hardest to forget. Rogue antivirus software and other forms of scareware hold victims hostage: shutting off access to their desktop and most of the Internet, disabling security software and preventing them from removing the malicious program. Behind the scenes, scareware often installs other malicious programs, like Trojan horse and bot software. If you’re unlucky enough to get infected with one of these bad boys, what can you do to remove it?
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