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Introduction

These days, it's becoming increasingly harder to surf the web with peace of mind knowing that your antispyware and antivirus software are actively defending you. In reality, there are loads of threats popping up all over the place, and it's becoming more difficult to defend against them. Once specific type of threat is called rogueware (also known as scareware). It's a form of malware that has been accidentally downloaded to your computer that has on simple goal in mind: to get you to purchase a fake service. Usually rogueware comes in the form of an antivirus program that repeatedly alerts the user to viruses and threats, and it strongly urges the user to purchase protection so that the antivirus program can remove them. In reality, there are no viruses present on the computer, and the rogueware is simply trying to scare the user into purchasing the software. Another type of rogueware is called Fake Windows Registration Checker. It's a box that randomly appears on a user's computer urging them to enter a whole slew of information including credit card information. It claims to check the validity of the Windows Registration, but it is simply another working of a con artist.

Where You Got the Fake Windows Registration Checker

Usually rogueware can come from a multitude of sources. You can get these types of programs from forums, email attachments, websites, P2P programs such as LimeWire or Azureus, etc. Usually in websites, the rogueware can accidentally be downloaded by clicking on pop-ups or following banners advertising services like antivirus software, "Windows Registration checkers," etc. It's becoming increasingly easier to contract malware such as this.

Fake Windows Registration Checker Removal

Whatever you do, don't download a removal tool or anything similar that specializes specifically in removing particular rogueware. For example, if you visit sites that are advertising a tool that is specifically designed to remove the "Fake Windows Registration Checker," do not download it. This is more than likely more malware or rogueware, and you'll be in an even deeper hole than before. Instead, download reputable antispyware software that is well-known and respected. Also, be aware that people that are not experienced shouldn't attempt to manually fix the problem. Playing around in the file system or registry could potentially harm your system and do some serious damage. Take my advice and download a respected antispyware program such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) .

This is a perfectly capable program to help you eliminate the rogue quickly and efficiently. Also, be aware that antivirus software are not usually capable of removing programs such as these. That's why whenever you scan for the program with your favorite antivirus program, the search turns nothing up. Rogueware is not technically classified as viruses, so you will not be able to take care of the situation through the use of antivirus software.

How to Prevent Against Future Threats

Instead of simply removing the rogueware and going back to your normal style of surfing the web, it would probably be a good idea to begin taking simple precautions to prevent against future instances. You can do things such as the following to help:

  • Scan each and every attachment downloaded through email.
  • Be cautious about what is downloaded through forums. Not all attachments in forums are legitimate.
  • Keep your antispyware software up to date and working.
  • Be careful about what you download through a file sharing network.


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