Over the last couple of years, spyware has evolved rather rapidly and has
now become the number one threat posed to computers and computer users. But aside from the that, there is a
new breed of dangerous spyware that uses aggressive advertising and fake security popups and scans in order to
convince you that your computer is infested with spyware and con you into spending money on bogus security
Rogue Antispyware programs are now the most active and most successful methods for cyber hackers to not only
scam people out of money by purchsing fake software, but also to steal an unsuspecting user's identity. They
work like this:
1. Agressive Advertising
Either through websites that you may visit or directly showing up on your computer itself, these new programs
will bombard your computer with popups claiming that you have a spyware infection and need immediate
2. Silent Installation
when you click on the popup presented, and in some cases even if you don't, the rogue program will immediately
begin to install itself in the background without your consent or knowledge.
3. Fake Scans
Once installed, the rogue program will be configured to startup each time you boot your computer and start
Windows and will then present you with what looks to be a legitimate spyware scan screen, but in reality the entire
thing is a hoax and all the resulting infections that the program claims to find through the scan are either fake
files or legitimate Windows files.
4. Purchase and Continuance
Should you fall for the scam and go ahead and purchase the full version of the rogue program, the only thing
that will end up happening is that your computer will now be exposed to even more spyware as these full versions
now go out and almost continually download and install even more spyware without your knowledge or consent up until
the point at which our computer ceases to function almost entirely.
In addition to the problems caused to your computer by these rogue programs, they pose a much larger threat in
that they have the ability to log keystrokes, browing habits, screenshots, etc. and then send that information off
to a remote server so that a hacker on the back end can then use that data to gain access to bank accounts, credit
cards, etc. and ultimately steal your identity.
If you suspect you are infected with a Rogue Antispyare Program, you must immediately take action to remove the
infection before your personal information and financial well being are compromised.
Even if you don't suspect you are infected, you should take steps to protect
yourself and ensure that your personal information and financial well being remain secure by downloading and
installing a reputable and highly effective antispyware software that includes real time protection.
Rogue Antispyware progams need to be taken seriously and because of this, legitimate antispyware software is no
longer a luxury but has become an absolute necessity.