Beware ‘Win 8 Security System’ – new rogue anti-virus


Well that didn’t take long, did it. Windows 8 hasn’t even been officially released yet and already the devious cyber-crooks are taking advantage of the name. According to a McAfee security bulletin this latest rogue anti-virus, calling itself ‘Win 8 Security System’ was first detected around the end of August.

For the uninitiated; rogue anti-virus typically infects a user’s system, then attempts to scare its victims into actually purchasing the software by issuing fake security messages. It pretends to scan the computer, displaying grossly exaggerated numbers of nonexistent threats, then tells victims they need to buy the full version in order to fix these false errors.

The “Win 8 Security System” claims to detect infections, and displays alerts to scare users into purchasing protection. The real infection, of course, is the Win 8 Security System itself.

Win 8 Security System is quite similar to fake AV product Windows Ultra-Antivirus and is extremely aggressive and hard to remove.

To help protect itself, Win 8 Security System comes with a rootkit and creates a plethora of registry elements and values, as well as half a dozen files. This makes it very risky to remove manually as the system can be permanently damaged by any mistakes made during the removal process.The McAfee report recommends that manual removal should only be attempted by experienced users such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. Other users are advised to utilize installed security software for removal.

This type of malware is generally delivered via infected websites; always keep your resident AV and other security software up-to-date and never click on banners offering “free” scans. If a message from any unknown anti-virus software should popup on your screen; disconnect from the internet straightaway, do NOT click anywhere on the message, and immediately perform full scans through your installed security software.

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele… as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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