Fake Warning Messages

Fake warning messages, or fake security alerts, are deceptive messages that usually come in the form of a pop-up or a web page. "Fake warning messages" are known to be associated with fraudulent security software such as rogue anti-spyware and rogue anti-virus applications. "Fake warning messages" pose as Windows alerts stating that a machine is infected with malware in order to get users to perform a hasty download of a rogue security software. Even to attempt to click the "Cancel" or the "X" button on a "fake warning message" dialog may pop-up a second "fake warning message" or redirect the user to a rogue website where a rogue security software may be downloaded.

"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.

There are currently 305 fake warning messages articles listed in our database.

Name Date
“Home Antivirus 33 Unwanted Files” Pop-up 07/22/2009 08:40:07 EST
‘A player is available and it’s Recommended to View Content’ Pop-Up Alert 02/21/2014 14:20:36 EST
‘Attention! Your computer is at risk of malware attacks’ Fake Message 03/03/2012 11:56:49 EST
‘Ce contenu necessite la mise a jour 12.2 de Media Player’ Pop-up 06/02/2014 16:36:23 EST
‘Critical Error. Drive sector not found error’ Fake Alert 11/16/2012 10:07:56 EST
‘Critical Hard Disk Drive Error’ Message 04/10/2011 20:42:54 EST
‘Die offizielle Mitteilung des Bundeskriminalamtes’ Fake Message 05/25/2011 05:27:52 EST
‘Download plugin for Windows’ Pop-Up Message 02/17/2014 15:01:36 EST
‘Fixing and Removing Registry Errors’ Pop-Up 04/01/2014 13:57:24 EST
‘FLV Player Is Highly Recommended’ Pop-up 06/03/2014 16:26:14 EST
‘For Better Viewing Performance Please Update Your Movie Player’ Pop-Up 04/10/2014 15:23:46 EST
‘Google has detected…’ Fake Warning Page 04/02/2009 13:14:56 EST
‘Hard Drive Failure’ Fake Alert 07/14/2011 11:02:44 EST
‘Install Video Downloader in order to watch videos’ Pop-Up Alert 02/21/2014 14:45:08 EST
‘Java Plug-in Needs Your Permission To Run’ Pop-up 06/02/2014 17:40:26 EST
‘Java Required’ Pop-Up 03/21/2014 13:30:44 EST
‘La policia ESPAÑOLA’ Fake Message 09/05/2011 11:52:18 EST
‘Please Install iMesh (Recommended)’ Pop-Up Alert 03/03/2014 17:49:30 EST
‘Please Install the New Video Player’ Pop-Up 04/08/2014 13:16:40 EST
‘Please Install Video Downloader’ Pop-up 05/05/2014 16:55:23 EST
‘Select Speed to Continue’ Pop-Up Message 02/17/2014 15:05:10 EST
‘System Files Modification Alert!’ Pop up 03/02/2009 21:38:01 EST
‘System32.repair (Fast Fix 123)’ Pop-up 05/20/2014 13:48:03 EST
‘The Video Player Out Of Date’ Pop-Up 04/24/2014 08:18:32 EST
‘There is a problem with this websites security’ Fake Message 07/15/2010 11:54:30 EST
‘U.Z.A. Operating System Wallpaper’ Fake Wallpaper 03/18/2009 20:27:20 EST
‘Update Windows 7 Drivers’ Pop-Up 03/20/2014 17:39:10 EST
‘Warning! Flash Player Is Infected’ Pop-up 05/23/2014 19:19:44 EST
‘Warning! Trojan Found!’ Popup 03/30/2009 18:17:44 EST
‘Warning! Windows May Be Infected’ Pop-up 06/03/2014 16:19:54 EST

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