Hey, there? I have a program called SpySheriff. I don’t remember I ever installed it. It always reports that there are potential risks on my computer. And I fail to visit some websites, I am told those websites are not safe. Is it right? The application looks like an antivirus program. But I search for information about it, and learn that it is a fake anti-spyware program. It can’t kill the risks detected by itself and ask me to buy a registered version. Should I buy the program? Or it is just a scam? Help, please!
A fake anti-spyware program is a malicious program that can infect various versions of Windows operating system such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows xp and so on. Different computer users may get infected with different fake anti-spyware programs of different names like SpywareSheriff and SpyTrooper. While no matter what the names are, they are the same fraudulent and useless anti-spyware applications. When talking about anti-spyware programs, such similar programs as Brave Sentry, Pest Trap, SpyTrooper, Spywareno and MalwareAlarm are usually referred to display the way they work and how computer users are persuaded into falling into the traps. The tactics used by the the fake anti-spyware programs to scam is simple but sneaky. After infection, the fake anti-spyware programs will give fake or misleading reports about potential risks on the user’s computer. And the user will be informed that a registered version of the softwares is able to remove the risks and he should pay to get a registered software. For this kind of scam, some people are able to identify that it is a trick to steal money, but for some computer users who know little about computers and the fake anti-spyware programs, it is difficult for them to tell whether the reports are true or not, so they can be easily fooled into paying money to buy those softwares to wipe out the imaginary risks on the computer. This happens more frequently when the users get nervous about the trick. But what is most upsetting is that the problem is not solved even you have payed to purchase the softwares as what they say.
A fake anti-spyware program will cause mainly some inconveniences for the users whose computers have been infected. What makes your blood boiled is that the fake antivirus screen pops up constantly to inform you of potential risks. You have to stop to make it disappear every time to continue to work. When you use the browser to visit some websites, you will be greatly disappointed because some browsing applications have been blocked. You can’t either fully visit the website or completely get blocked. Some computers may become pretty slow in speed. Because the fake anti-spyware program uses vast volume in virtual memory, and thus reducing the system performance to a significant degree.
To manually remove the fake anti-spyware programs, the computer user needs better computer skills and experience. If you don’t want to lose any files and data on the computer, please back up in advance.
1. Restart the Infected Computer into Safe Mode with Networking
(* Usually the malware will be temporarily disabled in Safe Mode which will provide users a chance to get this problem fixed. If you are still getting the virus popup in safe mode with networking, please try safe mode with command prompt instead.)
For Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
Restart your computer, immediately, quickly and repeatedly hit F8 key before the Windows start-up screen shows. Select “Safe Mode with Networking”, and then press Enter key.
For Windows 8
(1). Sign out to get the log-in screen
(2). Keep holding down Shift key then click on the Shut Down icon to select Restart
(3). If you do it right, you will see ‘Choose An Option’ screen. Choose ‘troubleshoot’
(4). Click on ‘Advance Options’
(5). Click on ‘Startup Settings’
(6). Click on ‘Restart’
(7). The system will go through a reboot, please wait till you get the following screen. Choose ‘Enable safe mode with networking’ (or any other option you want to start up the system with)
Then you can get into safe mode with networking in Windows 8 and see a desktop like this
2. Stop the Processes Related to the fake anti-spyware programs in Windows Task Manager
For Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together and end the virus processes in the Processes tab of Windows Task Manager.
For Windows 8
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together to get Windows Task Manager
(2). Click More details
(3). Then scroll down to end the virus processes of the fake anti-spyware programs
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Press Win+R to get Run window
(2). Type Control Panel in the Run window and hit enter to get Control Panel
(3). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on View tab in Folder Options window
(5). Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders tab
(6). Click Apply to take effect, then click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
4. Delete Virus Files
(1). Using Registry Editor to delete or adjust all the related registry entries of the Antivirus scam virus
*Guides to open Registry Editor:
Press Win+R key together to get the Run box, type in ‘regedit’ then click OK, Registry Editor window will pop up
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of the fake Antivirus
The fake anti-spyware programs are useless and fraudulent. They will not help you detect and kill the real risks such as a Trojan virus, what they focus on is to cause all kinds of inconvenience for you and give you false or exaggerated reports about potential risks to fool you into buying their useless softwares. What is worse, they will try every effort to stop you from getting truth or more knowledge about themselves by blocking you from visiting some websites or downloading and installing other reliable antivirus programs to confirm the reports. All such programs play the same trick just to fool you into buying the useless programs to remove the imaginary risks. So if you find a fake anti-spyware program on your system, it is suggested to delete it completely from your computer at once. And to remove it effectively and thoroughly, manual removal is more recommended. If you have good experience in the field of removing such programs, you can handle it yourself. If not, it is advised to turn to an expert for help. The expert will be able to help remove it to your satisfaction without causing any critical error that may break down the computer at once.
The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on November 5, 2016 12:12 am