The latest threats we are confronted with are Win 7 Antispyware 2012 and Vista Antivirus 2012. These are "rogue antivirus" programs, that want to scam you into purchasing their "software", so the first step you can take in order to protect yourself is not to purchase this. While they are not newly released, I have seen an increase of users affected by this issue, probably due to the increase of internet users during the holiday season.
In order to remove this, rather annoying piece of infection, follow these steps:
Reboot your computer in Safe Mode with Networking by pressing F8 (or F5 on some computers) before Windows starts (before the Windows logo appears) and choosing Safe Mode with Networking from the following screen.
Run a full scan with Malwarebytes, check all the entries that are found and choose to Remove selected.
Reboot your computer normally afterwards.
One note though! Depending on what protection you have and how extensive the infection got, you may need to reinstall your internet connection. This is sometimes as simple as going to Network connections and disabling/enabling the current connection, but you may need to create it again. Call your Internet Service Provider for help on setting your connection back on.Andreea-Luciana Ostache Senior Support Technician EN firstname.lastname@example.org www.bullguard.com
Even though this forum is maintained by BullGuard, we are posting solutions, ideas, and security news for everyone, regardless of their security choice.
My article doesn't debate whether one antivirus or another is doing it's job or not. It is simply telling users what to do in case they do get infected by this.
If you have the latest version of BullGuard, and you keep it and your Windows updated at all times, you will not get infected.Andreea-Luciana Ostache Senior Support Technician EN email@example.com www.bullguard.com