Antivirasistant Attacks AOL
Antivirasistant represents a new development in rogue antimalware technology. Like others of its kind, it pretends to be a legitimate security tool program to dupe you into buying more trouble. Where it differentiates is that it is focused on America Online. It blocks several AOL pages, and will open an about:blank page telling you that you’ve been marked by America Online as an infected computer, and have your access blocked to certain pages. Then it proceeds to tell you that if you follow the link to its home page and get its software, it can fix this problem. At least, that’s as much as can be surmised from the fact that the English is horrible to the point of being “Engrish.”
The problem with this notice is that you have to already be infected by this malware to see it. Such is the case with pretty much all rogue security tools. They’re at least honest enough to tell you that you’re infected once they’ve infected you.
The normal pathology starts with an infection gained from an infected website or download. Infected websites are typically pornographic, online casinos and fraudulent security tool homepages. Downloads that are dangerous are typically those of pirated software and media or peer to peer file sharing. Internet piracy, in any case, is illegal and is risky on that level. It’s also dangerous in that you can be infected with other forms of malware, such as viruses and worms. All around, it’s just not worth it to be an Internet pirate.
The next thing that happens is that you get a notice that you’re infected with malware. Many rogue programs will actually count up your temporary files and call them infected. These are only the tracking cookies and other files showing your browsing history. You can expect that corrupt security tools will never tell you that you’re not infected.
The next stage is where they offer to clean up your computer if you buy their overpriced software. Some of them have a very weak ability to clean up malware, but it’s by no means worth it. Especially since they can take way more money than they asked for once they get your credit card information. You can also expect that they won’t take no for an answer.
As said before, there’s no sure way of knowing if one of these programs are corrupt before getting infected, unless of course you have an effective antispyware program already installed on your computer. Unfortunately, very few of the actual antispyware programs on the market are completely effective. They just update way too slowly to keep up with all the infected webpages that keep popping up.
I had this in mind when I created ZookaWare PC Cleaner. We are the only company that offers a 100% removal guarantee. We can back this because we have our robot that scours the Internet constantly looking for new bugs. We have our fixes within minutes of the spyware’s release. Also, with SpyGuard in tow, you will probably never get to know firsthand about these infections.