Rouge Softwares

What is rogue security software?

Rogue security software is an application that appears to be beneficial from a security perspective but provides little or no security, generates erroneous alerts, or attempts to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions. Some products defined as “rogue” simply fail to provide the reliable protection that a consumer paid for. Others are far more sinister, masquerading as legitimate security software, and using deceptive tactics to con users into buying the product.

Why do you need to know about rogues?
Unfortunately for computer users, the number of rogue security and anti-malware software, also commonly referred to as “scareware”, found online is rising at ever-increasing rates, blurring the lines between legitimate software and applications that put consumers in harm’s way. And that means that instead of purchasing a program to protect your PC, you may actually be playing into the hands of cyber scammers, falling for bogus software specifically designed to mislead you.

What can you do keep from falling for rogue programs?

  • Do not fall for scare tactics. While browsing sites, be cautious of pop-ups warning you that your system is infected and offering a product to clean it up. Never pay for a program that installed itself to your computer. This is a hallmark of rogue software.
  • Use security software and keep it up-to-date. If you know that you have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a firewall on your PC, you can safely ignore security alerts you receive that do not come from your chosen security software provider. (Rogue security software will often try to lure computer uses by using legitimate looking pop-up messages that appear to be security alerts.) Also, most anti-malware programs, will help keep you protected from rogues because they can find and detect these programs.
  • Access experts at security forums and ask about the software you are considering before you decide to purchase it.
  • Read the software reviews at reputable sites like Download.com. Do not blindly trust individual sites offering security products.
  • Ask knowledgeable friends and family members about quality software they use. Keep in mind that when you search for trustworthy security software online, rogue products can, and often do, appear in the search results list.
  • Practice online skepticism. Be aware that rogue security software does exist on the Web, and be vigilant about avoiding it. These programs are designed to appear genuine – meaning they may mimic legitimate programs, use false awards and reviews to rope you in, or employ other deceptive tactics. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with common phishing scams, and to be cautious of links in e-mail messages and on social networking sites.

Malware Removal

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The most important thing in fighting malwares is:

  • Do NOT Panic.
  • Do NOT Hurry.
  • Do NOT ignore any step in removal guide unless I tell you.

This manual for removing malwares can be used for either minor or major malware infection.

  1. Download and Burn Avira Rescue CD to a blank Disc, Boot your computer using that and let it scan and remove malwares detected (How to use Avira Rescue CD?).
  2. Restart your computer into safe-mode with networking. (How to use Safe Mode?)
  3. Clean temporary files using TFC[Let it reboot your computer, come back to Safe Mode With Networking]
  4. Download HitmanPro to your desktop, run it in force breach mode (Click here to learn how) and click next to scan your computer, let it remove the malwares it find, if it ask you for license active the 30 Days trial version. after removal, restart your computer. [Try it in Safe Mode With Networking]
  5. Download, install and update Malwarebytes Antimalware, let it scan your computer and remove everything it find [Try in Safe Mode With Networking].
  6. Download and run avast! Browser Cleanup to cleanup and reset your browsers.
  7. Download and install HostsMan.
    after install run it, click on “update Hosts”, choose “MVPS Hosts” (and you may choose “Peter Lowe’s AdServers List” for blocking Ads) and in below options choose “Overwrite Current” hosts. this step would immunize your Hosts File and would prevent any internet traffic to malware sites/domains and also would fix Windows Hosts File if it has been HiJacked by malwares.
  8. Disable System Restore and then re-enable it again. Learn more how and why?
  9. If you have windows installation disc, insert it into drive, open Run command from start menu (In windows vista/7, open start menu and type ‘Run’ and then press enter) and type ‘sfc /scannow’. this will check windows for mission or corrupted files and will restore them from disc. sometimes during getting infection or malware removal some files might get corrupted or being deleted which this action will solve it.
  10. Make sure your windows and all installed programs are fully updated and there are no insecure program: Check for Update.

also you may do some additional scans too, here is some of them:

Malware Prevention

If your computer is already infected or you are in doubt, first look at the Malware Removal Guide.

To help secure your computer against malware:

Build up your malware defenses

Install antivirus and antispyware programs from a trusted source

  • Never download anything in response to a warning from a program you didn’t install or don’t recognize that claims to protect your PC or offers to remove viruses. It is highly likely to do the opposite.
  • Get reputable anti-malware programs from a vendor you trust. I recommend Norton Internet Security.
  • It’s highly recommended that you create another layer of protection beyond Norton. This second layer could be composed with Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware or any other on-demand antimalware software.

Use a safe browser with good extensions

Update software regularly

Cybercriminals are endlessly inventive in their efforts to exploit vulnerabilities in software, and many software companies work tirelessly to combat these threats. That is why you should:

  • Regularly install updates for all your software—antivirus and antispyware programs, browsers (like Windows Internet Explorer), operating systems (like Windows), and word processing and other programs. Learn how to update your system.
  • Uninstall software that you don’t use. You can remove it using Windows Control Panel.

Use strong passwords and keep them secret

  • Strong passwords are at least 14 characters long and include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Find out how to create them.
  • Don’t share passwords with anyone.
  • Don’t use the same password on all sites. If it is stolen, all the information it protects is at risk.
  • Create different strong passwords for the router and the wireless key of your wireless connection at home. Find out how from the company that provides your router.

Never turn off your firewall

A firewall puts a protective barrier between your computer and the Internet. Turning it off for even a minute increases the risk that your PC will be infected with malware. Learn more about Firewalls.

Use flash drives cautiously

Minimize the chance that you’ll infect your computer with malware:

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  • Don’t put an unknown flash (or thumb) drive into your PC.
  • Hold down the SHIFT key when you insert the drive into your computer. If you forget to do this, click close_orange in the upper-right corner to close any flash drive-related pop-up windows.
  • Don’t open files on your drive that you’re not expecting.

Don’t be tricked into downloading malware

Instead, follow this advice:

  • Be very cautious about opening attachments or clicking links in email or IM, or in posts on social networks (like Facebook)—even if you know the sender. Call to ask if a friend sent it; if not, delete it or close the IM window.
  • Avoid clicking Agree, OK, or I accept in banner ads, in unexpected pop-up windows or warnings, on websites that may not seem legitimate, or in offers to remove spyware or viruses.
    • Instead, press CTRL + F4 on your keyboard.
    • If that doesn’t close the window, press ALT + F4 on your keyboard to close the browser. If asked, close all tabs and don’t save any tabs for the next time you start the browser.
  • Only download software from websites you trust. Be cautious of “free” offers of music, games, videos, and the like. They are notorious for including malware in the download.