Imagine the scenario: You’re browsing the internet, and suddenly Windows Security Center pops up and tells you that you’re infected with viruses. Also, it shows you a huge number of viruses that are supposedly infecting your computer. It tells you that you should click the window to download an update to your Windows XP 2008 antivirus, which will cost you about fifty dollars. This is the situation when you’re infected with the fraudware family of viruses that pretend to be part of the Windows XP program.
The fact of the matter is that you’re probably not infected with hundreds of viruses as the program claims. It’s probably only one or two viruses. However, it does download a lot of spyware onto your computer. All of which is geared towards scaring you into giving away your money.
What you get in return for your payment is a temporary restoration of your computer. It quits locking up and running slowly, but only for a time. When the viruses become active again, it asks for more money for a different “antivirus” program, which only further bogs down your system. This process continues until you are just unable to do anything with your computer. Then, unless you know how to get around a host of active viruses, you may have to rely on a professional computer technician. This will probably cost you at least two hundred dollars.
The best thing to do when you first see the pop up is to unplug your computer from your network and get a good antivirus program. Now comes another problem, just what program to get? You could go online and get a free one, but the problem is that there’s no guarantee that it will get rid of these programs. The same holds true with many antivirus programs that you can buy, like McAfee or Norton.
The problems with getting just any program are primarily that either XP 2008 goes undetected by them, or it imbeds itself in your system in such a way that they can’t remove it without running your computer in a special diagnostic mode. Even then, there’s no guarantee, because it can appear even to your computer as a legitimate Windows program.
Now some users might try to search the internet forums for some advice on how to manually remove these viruses. This is a virtual Pandora’s box of confusion. The internet forums are full of different methods of manually removing XP Antivirus and the others. In all likelihood, few if any of these methods will work. They may very well have worked for the person making the post, but the nature of these fraudware programs is that they imbed themselves in your system in different ways, depending on what version of what virus you have. Ultimately, the internet forums are an exercise in frustration, and don’t come recommended.
What it all comes down to is that you need an antivirus program to deal with your infection. This program should be user-friendly and consistently effective. It wouldn’t hurt also if it remained up to date on its own. Fortunately, there is such a program out there. Spyzooka will take care of all of your needs.