Fake Warning Messages
"Fake warning messages" are used by many malware creators to try to fool unsuspecting Internet users into downloading potentially harmful programs. Examples of popular rogue anti-spyware programs that use aggressive fake warning messages are Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2008, and XP Antivirus. Below is an image of a "fake warning message" or fake pop-up alert caused by a malware infection.
Many fake warning messages have a generic tone to them. Some of them may read like the following text:
"System Alert! Your computer is infected!
Windows had detected spyware infection!
It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you.
Click here to protect your computer from spyware!"
If one clicks on the "fake warning message", it may trigger the drive-by download of a trojan or malware attack which can change browser and DNS settings which further opens the computer to future malware infections. Such a malicious exploit allows malware makers to infect the computer with hard-to-remove rogue programs. It is important to maintain legitimate security software updated and to never download files from unknown sources which can bear inherent risk to the computer's security.
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