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 313 fake warning messages program(s) in our database.

Name Date
'A player is available and it's Recommended to View Content' Pop-Up Alert February 21, 2014
'Attention! Your computer is at risk of malware attacks' Fake Message March 3, 2012
'Ce contenu necessite la mise a jour 12.2 de Media Player' Pop-up June 2, 2014
'Critical Error. Drive sector not found error' Fake Alert November 16, 2012
'Critical Hard Disk Drive Error' Message April 10, 2011
'Die offizielle Mitteilung des Bundeskriminalamtes' Fake Message May 25, 2011
'DO NOT PRESS ANY KEY UNTIL YOU KNOW SAFE SIDE INSTRUCTIONS' Pop-Ups January 2, 2018
'Download plugin for Windows' Pop-Up Message February 17, 2014
'Fixing and Removing Registry Errors' Pop-Up April 1, 2014
'FLV Player Is Highly Recommended' Pop-up June 3, 2014
'For Better Viewing Performance Please Update Your Movie Player' Pop-Up April 10, 2014
'Google has detected…' Fake Warning Page April 2, 2009
'Hard Drive Failure' Fake Alert July 14, 2011
'Install Video Downloader in order to watch videos' Pop-Up Alert February 21, 2014
'Java Plug-in Needs Your Permission To Run' Pop-up June 2, 2014
'Java Required' Pop-Up March 21, 2014
'La policia ESPAÑOLA' Fake Message September 5, 2011
'Microsoft Windows a détecté des activités suspectes sur cet ordinateur' Technical Support Scam January 2, 2018
'Please Install iMesh (Recommended)' Pop-Up Alert March 3, 2014
'Please Install the New Video Player' Pop-Up April 8, 2014
'Please Install Video Downloader' Pop-up May 5, 2014
'Select Speed to Continue' Pop-Up Message February 17, 2014
'System Files Modification Alert!' Pop up March 2, 2009
'System32.repair (Fast Fix 123)' Pop-up May 20, 2014
'The Video Player Out Of Date' Pop-Up April 24, 2014
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