Developers of rogue security tools Virus Doctor, My Security Shield and My Security Engine have been hard at work with their latest rogue Internet Security Essentials. This rogue takes off from its predecessors, but it also improves on its forerunner’s weaknesses so as to culminate in a powerful and destructive rogue security application. Of course Internet Security Essentials will do everything in its power to come across as a genuine security tool, but when all is said and done it has no power, and cannot detect or remove any type of threat from the PC.
This rogue makes use of similar infection tactics employed by its predecessors – mostly making use of bogus online malware scanners and seditious browser hijacking websites. These browser hijackers forcefully redirect users’ browsing and search sessions to their compromised landing pages where drive-by download tactics are used to forcefully root the Internet Security Essentials infection into the PC.
Once Internet Security Essentials manages to root itself into the system successfully, it will start its attack. This will happen by Internet Security Essentials launching each time the user logs on to Windows. It will then initiate a fake system scan designed to panic the user into thinking his system is under attack. This will be augmented by the various fake scan results, as well as the bogus security alerts in the form of spam pop up messages. These pop ups will inform the user that he needs to purchase Internet Security Essentials in order to stave off the attacks of various harmful and damaging threats. Some of these fake alerts read as follows:
Internet Security Essentials has detected potentially harmful software in
your system. It is strongly recommended that you register
Internet Security Essentials to remove all found threats immediately.
No real-time malware, spyware and virus protection was
found. Click here to activate.
Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
Hidden connection IP: 126.96.36.199
Target: Microsoft Corporation keys
Warning! Virus detected
No stock can be put into any correspondence received from Internet Security Essentials. Users are urged never to believe anything Internet Security Essentials has to say, and never to pay for any Internet Security Essentials product.
As a further attack against the PC in an effort to fleece the PC owner out of his money, Internet Security Essentials will block the user’s access to the Internet, as well as prevent him from accessing applications on the infected PC. This is done in an effort to further frustrate and panic the user, but also to prevent the user from running or downloading any type of program or application which may be able to detect and remove Internet Security Essentials from the system.
Other symptoms reported include increased erratic system behavior, and poor system performance due to the high consumption of valuable system resources. Users have also complained about randomly generated and deleted Desktop items.
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