Win 7 Antivirus 2012

What is Win 7 Antivirus 2012?

Rogue antivirus programs have never been noted for their originality.  They typically use the same types of interfaces, the same techniques, and the same modes of entry.  The 2012 Name Changing Rogue takes this to a new level: it has 15 variations that only differ in one respect.  Their names change depending on the version of Windows that is installed.  Win 7 Antivirus 2012 is identical to the other 14 versions of this rogue and shares the same objective: to convince computer users to buy its ultimately useless “protection.” 

You are browsing online and see a message indicating that your security features are turned off and that there are several threats to your computer.  The message urges you to activate your protection now in order to resolve these issues.  You do so because you want to keep your machine, and your data, safe.  You may have also just let Win 7 Antivirus 2012 in.  Fake online scanners are one of the ways that it gains access to systems.  The rogue can also enter via trojan without the users' knowledge.  In either case, the result is the same: pop-ups, false security scans, and impaired performance.

The first sign that users notice is the influx of pop-ups.  These ads disguise themselves as security alerts and security scans.  A typical warning reads:

Stealth intrusion!
Infection detected in the background.  Your computer is now attacked by spyware and rogue software.  Eliminate the infection safely, perform a security scan and deletion now.

The rogue application may also keep you from accessing your browser.  When you attempt to launch IE, Firefox, or Chrome, a “warning” appears:  “Internet Explorer Alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system!”  You are given the options of activity your copy of Win 7 Antivirus 2012 (“Recommended”) or continuing “without any security measures,” which it tells you, is “DANGEROUS.”

The result is that you may not be able to navigate freely and sites with security or removal information may be blocked.  If left unchecked, the rogue application can leave the door open for other forms of malware, which can further impair performance and put your data at risk.  Because of these risks, it is important to remove Win 7 Antivirus 2012 as soon as you can.

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