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Randomware: The Fake Anti-Spyware

If you can't make it, fake it. With over 100 anti-spyware products to choose from, how do you know you are making the right choice? This article discusses Ransomware, the latest technique used by rogue anti-spyware products, definitely ones not to choose!

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In a nutshell, Ransomware are rogue anti-spyware products that are peddled by trojans and worms. The process is as follows:
  1. A trojan infects your computer
  2. The trojan then displays messages stating that your computer is infected
  3. The trojan proposes a rogue anti-spyware product the clean your computer, hence the ransom to be paid!

Below is a list of these rogue anti-spyware programs and their affiliated trojans:

Anti-Spy Product Trojan That Sells It
WinFixer2005 Vundo / Virtumondo / Virtumonde
WinAntiVirus Vundo / Virtumondo / Virtumonde
WinAntiSpy Vundo / Virtumondo / Virtumonde
SpyTrooper ZLOB Trojan
SpyAxe ZLOB Trojan
The SpyGuard ZLOB Trojan
RazeSpyware Unknown Trojan
SpySherrif Unknown Trojan
SpyHeal ZLOB Trojan
System Doctor ZLOB Trojan
Spy Dawn ZLOB Trojan

What should you do if you start receiving error messages or pop-up advertisements pointing to one of these products? It is definitely NOT to buy any of these bad products; the answer is to get rid of the trojan that causes the pop-ups.

We have receive many reports from users that have tried to remove these trojans using their anti-virus programs (Norton Anti-Virus, McAfee and others), and although these programs do detect the trojans, they are unable to remove them. That's why we have invested a lot of time and effort and came up with a solution which we have incorporated into our Anti-Spyware program called SpyNoMore. We actually had to infect several computers with these trojans in order to analyze their sneaky techniques and derive a solid solution. Among the techniques used to evade removal, these trojans use randomly named files, random md5's (file signatures) and mutating files.

SpyNoMore, unlike other (good) anti-spyware products, does not solely rely on database detection, a process which has proven highly ineffective against these randomizing trojans. Instead, SpyNoMore incorporates additional features that enable it to run smart scans that are not database-dependent. SpyNoMore analyzes and removes suspicious files based on the activity that the trojans exhibit.

SpyNoMore comes loaded with other features such as:

  • Huge Anti-Spyware Database guarantees removal of existing infections
  • Active Protection blocks new spyware BEFORE they infect your PC
  • Host Blocking ensures that known spyware-spawning websites are always blocked
  • Vaccination feature inoculates your system against inbound threats
  • Ticket-Based HelpDesk ensures a timely and professional response
  • Custom Fix™ (patent pending) is a very powerful system which removes any persistent infection. Say for instance your PC is infected with a very stubborn spyware program and nothing that you have tried has helped remove this infection. SpyNoMore's Custom Fix™ (patent pending) feature scans your PC and allows you to upload the scan report to our server for manual analysis by our Technical Staff. Your report will be reviewed and a customized Fix will be sent back to you via SpyNoMore, thereby guaranteeing full and permanent removal. No other anti-spyware software offers such feature!

Best of all, SpyNoMore offers a free scan and if you decide to remove the detected items the cost is $39.95. That covers up to 3 PC's for 1 year. Click Here for Spy No More

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This article was updated on Nov. 11/2008 to maintain its relevance to today's current security concerns.
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