Just had a stupid fake anti virus software program try to infect my computer. Two scary things about it; first, it tried to present itself as a legitimate operation by Microsoft trying to copy a file while browsing images of a band in Bing using IE9. I got the User Access Control (UAC) prompt (that thing that pops up and grays out the rest of your screen) twice. After telling it no twice, it crashed IE then presented itself not just as the fake anti virus software but also with its own fake “Action Center” window claiming that anti virus software was disabled on my computer.
I’m kind of annoyed that Microsoft Security Essentials (MSSE) didn’t pick up on it automatically as it was happening, but the instant I recognized it, I brought MSSE up and had it run a quick scan. It found and removed the fake software just fine. I’m going to run a full system scan now.
Anyway, if you see something calling itself “Win 7 Internet Security 2011 – Unregistred Version” (yes, that’s “Unregistred”) pop up on your screen, open your real antivirus software and set it to scanning your system. If you ever get an unexpected UAC prompt, no matter who it tells you is the company or what it tells you it wants to do, tell it no. The bogus software looked like this in my case:
If you see that or anything like it, leave it alone and run your real antivirus software. If you don’t have real, up-to-date antivirus software you are part of the problem; go get some now. MSSE is both good and free* and you can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx . (* You must be running a legitimate copy of Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 and otherwise meet the very minimal system requirements).