Vista Internet Security 2012

Vista Internet Security 2012 Name Changing Rogue

Most rogue antivirus programs are very similar; the 2012 Name Changing Rogue, however, has 15 variants that are identical.  They have the same interfaces, which imitate Windows, as well as the same text for their “security warnings,” the same methods for propagation, and the same tactics to convince users to buy protection software that does not protect.  The only difference is the name, which changes to accommodate the specific version of Windows on a computer.  One of the variants is Vista Internet Security 2012.  What do you need to know about this rogue?


This rogue antivirus application, like all others, depends on pop-ups and false security scans in order to convince users that there are security risks within their system and that they need to install the “full protection” of the software immediately in order to avoid damaging their system or data.  One message reads:


Privacy threat!

Spyware intrusion detected.  Your system is infected. System integrity is at risk.  Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.  Click here to perform a security repair.

The fake security scans will also indicate that your system is facing several serious threats and that your firewalls and protection are turned off.  The goal is to prompt you to take immediate action.  While they can be frightening, these are nothing but ads.  There are no infections and no threats, save the presence of Vista Internet Security 2012. 


The 2012 Name Changing Rogue also blocks legitimate programs and even your browser.  This is done to convince you of security risks but also to keep you from seeking legitimate security help or removal assistance.  You will get a message saying that the browser is infected and you need to install Vista Internet Security 2012 immediately.


The rogue spreads in different ways:  it often poses as an online scanner and is allowed to download itself when users click on the false scan results page.  It also hitches a ride in with trojans, which are disguised as legitimate applications, such as video codecs or links.  In some cases, users install it directly after seeing an ad online or when the “free version” inundates them with urgent pop-ups.


Pop-ups are certainly annoying, but the real risk is that the rogue will leave a door open and allow other forms of malware to enter. This can cause instability and put your system, privacy, and data at risk.  To avoid this, it is essential to remove Vista Internet Security 2012 as soon as possible.


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