If you have a laptop or desktop, the chances are that you have personal and necessary information stored on it. Every time you go online, protect yourself from spyware like IE Antivirus. The Internet has put the world at your fingertips. Computer technology makes possible the things we only dreamed of. At the same time, rogue anti-spyware programs like IE Antivirus manipulate tools that are created for ease and convenience to rob and steal from the end user.
Whether you are looking for a local Mom & Pop restaurant or need to shop the catalog of your favorite megastore, you don't have to go any further than your computer to find what you are looking for. Many of these programs claim that they can better serve you by tracking your surfing habits. From your favorite automobile pages to plainly obvious adult-content sites (don't forget peer to peer (P2P) or warez), stealth installs happen. As innocent as a tracking cookie or as hostile as a homepage hijack, adware, malware, and spyware can be found on just about any site. The trick is knowing how to stay away from harmful spyware like IE Antivirus.
Many rogue anti-spyware programs operate under previous names for as long as possible, but once unmasked, they change names and keep the same tactics. This family of spyware first originated from IE Defender. Then came AntiSpy-Pro, followed by Files-Secure. The newest addition includes IE Antivirus and Malware Bell.
IE Antivirus infects by way of Trojan Zlob or Vondu. Common signs of this infection include taking over your search engine queries to show several results leading to the spyware's website before you can find the actual information that you are seeking. The other more common mode of infection is to show security risks. This spyware authenticates its fake alerts by finding out what you named your computer and displaying it in the security risk warning.
If you inquire further, you will automatically be scanned without the program asking your permission. The results show a multitude of fake and exaggerated files intended to scare you into a purchase. Everything about the scan looks legitimate. The only thing questionable is the huge amount of spyware that it reports. If you decide to purchase, you will be directed to a website that includes everything you might want to know about an anti-spyware program. It includes a newsletter and a money-back guarantee. The only problem with that is the missing contact information...
Removal of IE Antivirus appears to be simple at first. Be very careful, because these files can be tricky—both tricky to find and tricky to remove. Many files will not be removable once you find them. You will have to set your computer to delete them the next time you start it up. One wrong move could mean permanent damage to your registry, leading to a complete wipe of your hard drive and a reinstallation of Windows.
For this reason, your best bet is to find a reputable anti-spyware program that will remove it and protect you in the future.