The term TR/FakeAV refers to various misleading programs providing computer users with misinformation about their operating systems. Such programs look like legitimate security programs and seem to operate in the same way. Moreover, their scan results and pop-ups alerts usually have nothing in common with the actual state of the corrupted operating system. TR/FakeAV programs are scam programs, and they should be removed from the computer.
TR/FakeAV is a very broad term, which means that it includes different malware families, which usually have some specific features. For example, back in 2013 and 2014, a family of malware called FakeVimes, or VirusDoctor, was at its peak. Many gullible computer users got deceived by legitimate-looking fake security programs and gave up their money to the criminals behind those programs. Recently, another family of malware called FakeRean, also referred to as Braviax, has emerged with its new deceptive releases aimed at deceiving more unsuspecting Internet browsers. Like many other programs, FakeRean programs can get onto a computer by exploiting some vulnerabilities of the system or installed by other malware programs, including threats that are spread via email, adult-oriented websites, and other unsecured websites. For instances, so-called FakeRean programs can be spread over the Internet by Win32/Rorpian, Win32/Ru8gzip, Win32/Stegvob, Win32/Cutwail, and many other malicious programs.
Upon installation, the infection disables executable files so that the user cannot use the computer and access the Internet. Moreover, in order to obtain the victim’s money, the threat starts imitating system scans and displaying fake security alerts, which are also aimed at convincing the user that his or her operating system is compromised by multiple threats. The fake program may seem to be convincing; however, it does not operate in the same way as a legitimate security program. Fake anti-virus program should be removed from the computer as soon as possible, because they do not add any functionality to the operating system but only consume PC resources and limit the victim’s actions.
TR/FakeAV programs compromise Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. It is crucial to keep the operating system protected against different types of malware and spyware threats, because consequences may be damaging.
If you suspect that your security program may be regarded as TR/FakeAV, you should not hesitate to implement a powerful scanner to make sure that the system is malware-free. There are many security programs, but not all of them are capable of identifying fake anti-virus programs. Our advice is that you implement SpyHunter. This real-time security program scans the system and deletes malicious files. Below you will find the scanner of the program, and, if you have any questions regarding the removal of malware, feel free to comment below.