Vista Antivirus 2012

Vista Antivirus 2012 Name Changing Rogue

The 2012 Name Changing Rogue has 15 variants; the names switch depending on the version of Windows that the computer has installed on it.  Vista Antivirus 2012 is, then, identical to XP Antivirus 2012 and Win 7 Antivirus 7, as well as 12 other versions.  They use the same interfaces and techniques in order to convince computer users to purchase what proves to be ineffective software.  If you are noticing changes in your Vista-powered computer, you may have the Name Changing Rogue to thank.

What is Vista Antivirus 2012?  It is a typical rogue antivirus program.  It uses a variety of techniques, most notably popups and false security scans, to convince users that their machines are infected with several serious threats.  One message warns users:

Malware Intrusion
Sensitive areas of your system were found to be under attack.  Spy software attack or virus infection possible.  Prevent further damage or your private data will get stolen.  Run an anti-spyware scan now. Click here to start.

Likewise, false security scan warnings indicate that your PC protection, auto updating, and fraud protection are turned off and that you are at risk.  When you attempt to launch your browser or another legitimate program, you may receive a fake firewall message telling you that the application is infected.  In either case, you are urged to purchase the software immediately to resolve these issues. Doing so, however, only results in a waste of money.

2012 Name Changing Rogue Variant "Vista Antivirus 2012" GUI

Vista Antivirus 2012

There is no spyware attack or infection; the rogue application has created these messages and there is very likely no problem except for the presence of Vista Antivirus 2012 itself.

The Name Changing Rogue is not original; it depends on the same techniques as virtually every other rogue application. The mode of entry, for instance, is most commonly via trojan.  Traditionally, websites with adult content have been vulnerable to trojans, and if someone visited the site, clicked on an ad or banner, or downloaded an image or video, the trojan could enter.  Today, however, sites that have anything from P2P and freeware to gaming and trending content can be affected.  Once inside, the rogue begins its onslaught of false warnings, and many users are persuaded to purchase the program. Unfortunately, this does not resolve the problem or protect the computer.

Rogue applications can leave your system open to further malware threats, impair your ability to navigate, and cause instability. It is important, then, to remove Vista Antivirus 2012 as quickly and safely as possible.

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