How to Remove a Fake Security Warning Virus
A fake security warning is a type of alert triggered by a computer virus or other type of malware. The misleading message “warns” you of existing threats in your computer, which then prompts you to obtain an antivirus tool suggested by the given warning. Once you accept any installation prompts, more threats are installed to take control of the computer. Other virus variants ask you to purchase the program advertised. Once the transaction is complete, your credit card information is stolen, and the tool previously promised is never delivered.
Download a trusted antimalware program. Considering the removal of fake virus alerts, it can be difficult to determine legitimate software from misleading ones. “AVG Antivirus 2011” and “PC Security 2011” are two of several rogue antivirus programs which disguise themselves as legitimate copies. Search for the real program’s official website and only download from trusted software sources. CNet and Softpedia are prominent examples of places to obtain clean applications.
Install at least two antimalware applications. For example, you can find free versions of “Spybot- Search & Destroy” and “Avast! Antivirus” online, and each can coexist without causing file conflicts. Nevertheless, follow any given installation warnings depending on the program you use. Not all antimalware tools are updated at the same time period. Thus, the virus responsible for fake security warnings might remain undetected, especially if it was recently distributed on the Internet.
Update each antimalware program. Depending on the tool of choice, most can update themselves automatically, while others need manual instructions. If so, launch the program and use the “Update” option found within its main program interface.
Restart your computer. Access the Advanced Boot Options screen by pressing “F8” during system startup. Select “Safe Mode” from the list of system options and press “Enter.” Safe Mode is a Windows session which only uses core system settings, thus allowing antimalware programs to perform a more effective virus scan.
Log in to your designated Windows profile. Launch one of the installed antimalware applications and set it to perform a full system scan. If multiple virus threats are found, allow the program to remove them or use its removal option from the program interface.
Close the previous antimalware application and run a secondary program to ensure all security warning viruses have been eradicated from your system. Restart your computer and analyze its behavior to determine if the malware in question has been removed effectively.