Vista Home Security 2012

What is Vista Home Security 2012?

"You are at risk; your computer has serious infections; you don't have proper security; your data and privacy are in danger".  These are the fake warning messages that rogue antivirus programs bombard computer users with.  Each hopes to convey the impression that there are serious risks and that these risks can only be resolved with their software.  Rogues like Vista Home Security 2012 are unable to scan, detect, or remove threats; but they are adept at creating ads and a sense of urgency in users.  These rogues have a lot of show but little substance.

Vista Home Security 2012 is a variation of the 2012 Name Changing Rogue.  This rogue has 15 such variants, which differ only in their names.  It is changed to suit the specific version of Windows on a computer. Every other detail, from the color scheme to the faux-Windows interface, is identical.  The most noticeable sign that this rogue has affected your system is the presence of pop-ups and false security scans.  The pop-ups warn of severe infections, while the scans indicate that your machine is at risk and that your antivirus protection is turned off.  In both cases, you are urged to activate the “fully licensed” protection of the rogue.  Remember, this rogue cannot scan your computer; there is likely no threat save Vista Home Security 2012 itself. 

Rogue antivirus applications cannot remove threats, but they can exploit security vulnerabilities, leaving your computer at risk of malware infections.  They can also impede your ability to browse.  The 2012 Name Changing Rogue is able to block your browser; it issues a false firewall message indicating that the program is infected and that you need to activate protection.  While the “protection” is nonexistent, the inconvenience you face certainly is not.

The many variations of the 2012 Name Changing Rogue all depend on stealth for initial access to a computer.  In many cases, the rogue disguises itself as an online security scanner.  It pops up while you are browsing and alerts you to various “risks.” You are urged to activate, and in doing so, you allow the program to enter.  The rogues also catch rides with trojans; while posing as a legitimate application, such as a video codec, ad, or email attachment, the trojan can obtain access without the users' knowledge.

Once inside, Vista Home Security 2012 launches its intensive campaign of ads, hoping to convince users to purchase its ineffective protection.  Many do.  Instead of resolving the problem, this only wastes money.  The pop-ups and other issues continue unabated.  To ensure that your system really is secure, take immediate steps to remove this variant of the 2012 Name Changing Rogue.

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