There are many security applications available online which profess to be able to do amazing things – but not all these supposed security tools are in fact real, as in the case of Vista Antispyware 2011. This rogue antispyware application was not designed to be of any help to PCs, but instead only to act as a vehicle of destruction with which criminal developers hold PC owners’ systems ransom. Vista Antispyware 2011 derives from the same family as disgraced and despised XP Antivirus 2011 and Windows 7 Antispyware 2011 rogue antispyware tools.
If you are wondering how this rogue manages to infiltrate your PC, Vista Antispyware 2011 makes use of various established and sly infection tactics to route its infection into unsuspecting and vulnerable PCs. These may vary between using bogus online malware scanners and seditious browser hijacking websites. These browser hijackers forcefully redirect users’ browsing and search sessions to compromised landing pages, where drive-by download tactics are employed to forcefully infect users’ PCs.
Once Vista Antispyware 2011 manages to root itself in the system securely it will start its attack against the PC. This will be heralded by Vista Antispyware 2011 initiating a fake system scan each time the user logs on to Windows. This fake scan will yield false results designed to panic users into paying for Vista Antispyware 2011’s worthless software. As a further attack Vista Antispyware 2011 will spam the user with various falsely generated security alerts in the form of pop up messages. These pop ups are not only annoying, but contains calls to action which if acted upon, will make it easier for Vista Antispyware 2011 to successfully rip the user off. Some of the most popular fake alerts utilized by Vista Antispyware 2011 as part of its attack read as follows:
Sensitive areas of your system were found to be under attack. Spy software attack or virus infection possible. Prevent further damage or your private data will get stolen. Run an anti-spyware scan now. Click here to start.
Your system security is in danger. Privacy threats detected. Spyware, keyloggers or Trojans may be working the background right now. Perform an in-depth scan and removal now, click here.
System security threat was detected. Viruses and/or spyware may be damaging your system now. Prevent infection and data loss or stealing by running a free security scan.
Other symptoms associated with Vista Antispyware 2011 include users being unable to execute applications on the infected PC, as well as blocked Internet connections. Each time the user attempts to connect to the Internet, he will receive the following fake security alert generated by Vista Antispyware 2011:
XP Home Security 2011 Firewall Alert
XP Home Security 2011 has blocked a program from accessing the internet
Internet Explorer is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen
Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.
Users have also complained about increased erratic system behavior, and extremely poor system performance due to Vista Antispyware 2011’s high consumption of crucial system resources.
When all is said and done the only way you will be able to regain control of your PC will be to destroy Vista Antispyware 2011. This remains your only option if you are to restore your PC’s security. Get rid of Vista Antispyware 2011 for good by using a properly functioning security tool which will not only erase Vista Antispyware 2011 but also protect your PC against similar attacks in future.