Rogue Security Application: Fake Virus Scans

Rogue security applications will conduct fake antivirus scans and show fake virus related pop ups to scare the user into purchasing the program. The program itself is fake; the program hopes to sell a fake program to a user.

Below is a scan done on a new computer. However, in this case, it found 10 viruses!


Below is a fake virus warning:


However, it is important to distinguish between fake viruses and real viruses. The easiest way to check whether or not a file is a computer virus is by submitting it to

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2 Responses to “Rogue Security Application: Fake Virus Scans”

ashley June 19th, 2024 at 4:38 am

im having this av fake virus thing, it wont let me run anything! says everything is infected can’t run msconfig or task manager. i currently have avg and spybot. i thought they were the best guess, i downloaded mbam and i am going to reboot in safe mode. gosh i hope it works help!!

Amy Johnson May 31st, 2024 at 9:24 pm

I have this same problem I have no idea how it got onto my mums laptop but I have never had this happen before I have no idea how to stop it and get rid of it it’s blocked the Internet and it keeps coming up saying that the computer is infected the virus may have damaged the computer disk already click now for a free scan and it wants me to pay for another year or more of fake antivirus what can I do and how did it get on my mums laptop??

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