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Posted: January 27, 2014

Activevirusscan.com is a site that's been confirmed for being a double-purpose threat, both as an infection vector (a location that distributes threats) and a phishing site that tries to steal your privileged information. Activevirusscan.com's Web address might clue you in as to its tactic, which is themed as a supposed online anti-virus scanner, but Activevirusscan.com doesn't provide real results, and its fake scans simply are attempts to compromise your information and computer. To safeguard your computer, malware researchers recommend using anti-malware software to scan your computer after any known point of contact with any kind of infection vector, including Activevirusscan.com, whether or not you installed anything from this website.

The Virus Scan that Has a Plan for Getting All Your Info

Activevirusscan.com is a fake anti-virus-scanning website that claims to use online scans of your PC that refer to the databases of most major PC anti-malware companies. Because there are many legitimate websites that provide similar, multiple-brand-referencing file scanners, PC users who are unaware of the dangers of letting a website 'scan' your computer could be tricked by this plausible-looking strategy. However, Activevirusscan.com doesn't reference the databases of these other, reputable AV companies and doesn't try to scan your computer.

Instead of providing legitimate system scans, Activevirusscan.com loads predesignated 'results' that fake the presence of threatening software on your computer. After doing so, Activevirusscan.com may prompt you to install a fake anti-malware product (similar to Antivirus Plus 2014 or Windows Attention Utility) or request that you fill out a survey before your PC may be disinfected. The latter is a common phishing scam, albeit one that malware researchers were surprised to find connected to a fake anti-virus website. Its requests for personal information are meant to trick victims into giving data like phone numbers and e-mail addresses up freely, so that this data may be exploited by criminals for achieving several harmful actions.

When a Scan Begets a Scanner that Means Your PC No Good

Giving personal information to the criminals behind Activevirusscan.com would be sufficiently threatening, all by itself, but Activevirusscan.com also is an infection vector that distributes fake security programs. These programs are most well-known for providing fake pop-up warnings about infections and threat attacks, but also may redirect your Web browser, block other applications or disable any number of security settings. Because many types of fake anti-malware programs are significant security risks, malware researchers consider it paramount to delete any threat associated with Activevirusscan.com with as little time passed as possible.

Some basic education about the nature of anti-virus-scanning technology also can give your PC a leg up against Activevirusscan.com and other fake security program-proliferating websites. Although there are numerous multiple-scanner websites that analyze files and/or Web addresses, you never should trust a website that claims to be able to scan your computer. Even sites that claim to have access to reliable anti-malware brands are perfectly capable of providing misleading information, such as Activevirusscan.com, which uses the logos of real security companies in its attacks.

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If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Activevirusscan.com may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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