Vista Security 2012

What is Vista Security 2012?

Malware intrusion!  System danger!  Privacy threat!  System hijack!  Steal intrusion!  Rogue antivirus programs bombard computer users with these warnings, hoping it will spur them into purchasing ineffective software.  Vista Security 2012 is another in a long line of rogues that promises a lot but delivers very little.  It is a variation of the 2012 Name Changing Rogue, which simply changes its name depending on the Windows version that is installed on a particular computer.  In all other respects, the applications are identical, and this makes them easier to spot.

Vista Security 2012 often gains access by posing as an online security scanner.  Users will see a message that appears to come from a Windows security program.  It indicates that their antivirus protection is turned off and that they are at risk.  It urges you to “Activate” the full version of the software immediately.  If users opt to, the rogue downloads itself into the system.

Another way that the rogue accesses computers is through trojans.  When a user visits an affected site, or clicks on an ad, banner, image, or video that harbors a trojan, it can allow the malware-vehicle in. Sites that are particularly vulnerable include those with trending, adult, gaming, pirated, P2P, and free content.

Once inside, the campaign begins.  The rogue wants to convince users that their systems are infected with several serious threats.  It generates popup warnings and false security scan results in order to do this.  A typical alert reads:  “System Hijack!  System security threat was detected. Viruses and/or spyware may be damaging your system now.  Prevent infection and data loss or stealing by running a free security scan.”  This “scan” will reveal several “threats” and the user is urged to remove them by activating the full protection of Vista Security 2012. 

Another tactic that the 2012 Name Changing Rogue uses is to block access to the Internet.  When you attempt to launch your browser, you will see a false firewall alert stating that the program is infected.  This keeps you from accessing legitimate security or removal help and furthers the illusion of severe threats.  In fact, the only threat is the rogue itself. 

Vista Security 2012 cannot scan your computer; it cannot remove threats.  All it can do is create ads that try to convince you to buy software that proves to be useless. It can also create vulnerabilities that can allow other forms of malware to enter.  Because of this, it is important to rid your machine of the rogue as soon as possible.

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